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McVille, North Dakota
"Small enough to know you, yet large enough to serve you"
Location of McVille, North Dakota
Location of McVille, North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°45′54″N 98°10′35″W / 47.76500°N 98.17639°W / 47.76500; -98.17639Coordinates: 47°45′54″N 98°10′35″W / 47.76500°N 98.17639°W / 47.76500; -98.17639
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Nelson
 • Total 1.50 sq mi (3.89 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.72 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
1,470 ft (448 m)
 • Total 349
 • Estimate 
 • Density 224.23/sq mi (86.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-49580
GNIS feature ID 1030165

McVille is a city in Nelson County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 349 at the 2010 census. McVille was founded in 1906.


McVille was founded in 1906 after the railroad was established as a continuation from Aneta, North Dakota. McVille was founded by the McDougall family. The town was so named because many of the early residents in the area had last names starting with "Mc".

The original town was a few miles away from its present location. With the advancement of the railroad system, the town was moved.

Prominent early businesses included an elevator, a bank, a blacksmith shop, and a general store.


Today, McVille is home to several businesses. Area newspapers include the McVille Messenger and the McVille Journal. The health system includes a hospital, a Care Center, and a clinic. There is a volunteer fire department.

McVille supports the Nelson County Highway Department and is part of Dakota Prairie School District #1. McVille is home to the school district's elementary building.


McVille is located at 47°45′54″N 98°10′35″W / 47.76500°N 98.17639°W / 47.76500; -98.17639 (47.765046, -98.176521).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), of which, 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 310
1920 546 76.1%
1930 513 −6.0%
1940 548 6.8%
1950 626 14.2%
1960 551 −12.0%
1970 583 5.8%
1980 626 7.4%
1990 559 −10.7%
2000 470 −15.9%
2010 349 −25.7%
2019 (est.) 322 −7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 349 people, 190 households, and 95 families residing in the city. The population density was 242.4 inhabitants per square mile (93.6/km2). There were 247 housing units at an average density of 171.5 per square mile (66.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.3% African American, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 190 households, of which 16.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 47.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84 and the average family size was 2.59.

The median age in the city was 52.9 years. 15.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.5% were from 25 to 44; 35.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, McVille has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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