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Mercer 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 August 4, 1884
Seat Stanton
Largest City Beulah
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,112 sq mi (2,880 km²)
1,043 sq mi (2,701 km²)
70 sq mi (181 km²), 6.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

8,853
8.1/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.mercercountynd.com

Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,424. Its county seat is Stanton. The county was created by the 1874-1875 territorial legislature and was named for William Henry Harrison Mercer (1844–1901), an early rancher who settled north of Bismarck in 1869. The county government was first organized on August 4, 1884.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,112 square miles (2,880 km2), of which 1,043 square miles (2,700 km2) is land and 70 square miles (180 km2) (6.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • North Dakota 31.png North Dakota Highway 31
  • North Dakota 48.png North Dakota Highway 48
  • North Dakota 49.png North Dakota Highway 49
  • North Dakota 200.png North Dakota Highway 200
  • North Dakota 1806.png North Dakota Highway 1806

National protected area

  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 428
1900 1,778 315.4%
1910 4,747 167.0%
1920 8,224 73.2%
1930 9,516 15.7%
1940 9,611 1.0%
1950 8,686 −9.6%
1960 6,805 −21.7%
1970 6,175 −9.3%
1980 9,404 52.3%
1990 9,808 4.3%
2000 8,644 −11.9%
2010 8,424 −2.5%
Est. 2015 8,853 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,644 people, 3,346 households, and 2,445 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,402 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.04% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 2.00% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 68.8% were of German and 8.2% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 3,346 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.20% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 4.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,269, and the median income for a family was $51,983. Males had a median income of $47,969 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,256. About 5.50% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 20.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,424 people, 3,625 households, and 2,500 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.1 inhabitants per square mile (3.1/km2). There were 4,450 housing units at an average density of 4.3 per square mile (1.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.6% white, 2.3% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 64.7% were German, 21.5% were Norwegian, 6.6% were Russian, 6.2% were Irish, and 2.2% were American.

Of the 3,625 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.0% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 46.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $60,191 and the median income for a family was $71,075. Males had a median income of $63,321 versus $32,294 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,616. About 4.1% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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