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McLean County, North Dakota
Map

Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 1, 1883
Seat Washburn
Largest City Garrison
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,328 sq mi (6,029 km²)
2,111 sq mi (5,467 km²)
217 sq mi (562 km²), 9.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

9,744
4.2/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.visitmcleancounty.com

McLean County (/məˈkln/ mə-KLAYN) is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,962. Its county seat is Washburn. The county was created by the 1883 territorial legislature and organized on November 1, 1883. It was named for John A. McLean, a prominent citizen and the first mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,328 square miles (6,030 km2), of which 2,111 square miles (5,470 km2) is land and 217 square miles (560 km2) (9.3%) is water. It is the third-largest county in North Dakota by land area and second-largest by total area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 83.svg U.S. Highway 83
  • North Dakota 28.svg North Dakota Highway 28
  • North Dakota 37.png North Dakota Highway 37
  • North Dakota 53.png North Dakota Highway 53
  • North Dakota 41.png North Dakota Highway 41
  • North Dakota 200.png North Dakota Highway 200
  • North Dakota 1804.png North Dakota Highway 1804

National protected areas

  • Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Camp Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hiddenwood National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Lake Nettie National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lake Otis National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lost Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • McLean National Wildlife Refuge

McLean County has more National Wildlife Refuges than any other county in the United States.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 860
1900 4,791 457.1%
1910 14,496 202.6%
1920 17,266 19.1%
1930 17,991 4.2%
1940 16,082 −10.6%
1950 18,824 17.1%
1960 14,030 −25.5%
1970 11,251 −19.8%
1980 12,383 10.1%
1990 10,457 −15.6%
2000 9,311 −11.0%
2010 8,962 −3.7%
Est. 2015 9,744 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,311 people, 3,815 households, and 2,712 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,264 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.52% White, 0.02% Black or African American, 5.95% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.6% were of German and 22.1% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 3,815 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 5.10% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 27.90% from 45 to 64, and 20.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,337, and the median income for a family was $39,604. Males had a median income of $32,376 versus $18,224 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,220. About 10.40% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,962 people, 3,897 households, and 2,600 families residing in the county. The population density was 4.2 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km2). There were 5,590 housing units at an average density of 2.6 per square mile (1.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.0% white, 7.0% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 54.4% were German, 24.6% were Norwegian, 6.5% were Irish, 5.6% were Swedish, 5.1% were English, and 3.6% were American.

Of the 3,897 households, 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.3% were non-families, and 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 49.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,922 and the median income for a family was $62,686. Males had a median income of $48,906 versus $29,431 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,029. About 6.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Amundsville
  • Andrews
  • Aurena
  • Blackwater
  • Blue Hill
  • Butte
  • Byersville
  • Cremerville
  • Deepwater
  • Dogden
  • Douglas
  • Gate
  • Greatstone
  • Horseshoe Valley
  • Lake Williams
  • Longfellow
  • Loquemont
  • Malcolm
  • McGinnis
  • Medicine Hill
  • Mercer
  • Otis
  • Roseglen
  • Rosemont
  • Saint Mary
  • Snow
  • Turtle Lake
  • Victoria
  • Wise

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Communities flooded by Garrison Dam

  • Elbowoods
  • Red Butte, Mandan community
  • Lucky Mound
  • Nishu
  • Beaver Creek
  • Independence
  • Shell Creek
  • Charging Eagle

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