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Mercer, North Dakota
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Location of Mercer, North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°29′26″N 100°42′41″W / 47.49056°N 100.71139°W / 47.49056; -100.71139Coordinates: 47°29′26″N 100°42′41″W / 47.49056°N 100.71139°W / 47.49056; -100.71139
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McLean
Area
 • Total 0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
 • Land 0.22 sq mi (0.58 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,929 ft (588 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 94
 • Estimate 
(2019)
100
 • Density 450.45/sq mi (173.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58559
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-52340
GNIS feature ID 1030203

Mercer is a city in McLean County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 94 at the 2010 census.

Mercer was founded in 1905 along a now-abandoned branch line of the Northern Pacific Railway extending from Carrington to Turtle Lake. The name comes from William Henry Harrison Mercer, a well known rancher in the Missouri River Valley for many years and for whom Mercer County is also named.

The city of Mercer lies on North Dakota Highway 200 between Underwood and McClusky.

Geography

Mercer is located at 47°29′26″N 100°42′41″W / 47.49056°N 100.71139°W / 47.49056; -100.71139 (47.490594, -100.711254).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2), of which, 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 214
1960 154 −28.0%
1970 132 −14.3%
1980 134 1.5%
1990 104 −22.4%
2000 86 −17.3%
2010 94 9.3%
2019 (est.) 100 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Wrought-Iron Cross Site, in or near Mercer, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 94 people, 48 households, and 24 families residing in the city. The population density was 427.3 inhabitants per square mile (165.0/km2). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 263.6 per square mile (101.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 1.1% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races.

There were 48 households, of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 43.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 29.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 53.5 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 31.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

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