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Pierce 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 April 6, 1889
Seat Rugby
Largest City Rugby
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,082 sq mi (2,802 km²)
1,019 sq mi (2,639 km²)
64 sq mi (166 km²), 5.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

4,312
4.3/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.piercecountynd.gov/
Named for: Gilbert A. Pierce

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,357. Its county seat is Rugby. The county was created by the 1887 territorial legislature and named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce, governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 and a representative of North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1889 to 1891. The county government was first organized on April 6, 1889.

The geographical center of North America is in Pierce County, about 6 miles (10 km) west of Balta. Rugby has a monument for the center at the intersection of US 2 and ND 3.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,800 km2), of which 1,019 square miles (2,640 km2) is land and 64 square miles (170 km2) (5.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • North Dakota 3.svg North Dakota Route 3
  • North Dakota 60.svg North Dakota Route 60
  • North Dakota 17.svg North Dakota Route 17
  • North Dakota 19.svg North Dakota Route 19

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 905
1900 4,765 426.5%
1910 9,740 104.4%
1920 9,283 −4.7%
1930 9,074 −2.3%
1940 9,208 1.5%
1950 8,326 −9.6%
1960 7,394 −11.2%
1970 6,323 −14.5%
1980 6,166 −2.5%
1990 5,052 −18.1%
2000 4,675 −7.5%
2010 4,357 −6.8%
Est. 2015 4,312 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,675 people, 1,964 households, and 1,276 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,269 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.50% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.7% were of German and 32.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,964 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.00% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 24.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,524, and the median income for a family was $34,412. Males had a median income of $25,037 versus $16,946 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,055. About 9.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,357 people, 1,835 households, and 1,145 families residing in the county. The population density was 4.3 inhabitants per square mile (1.7/km2). There were 2,199 housing units at an average density of 2.2 per square mile (0.85/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.1% white, 3.9% American Indian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 52.3% were German, 34.5% were Norwegian, 5.5% were Irish, and 2.0% were American.

Of the 1,835 households, 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.6% were non-families, and 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 46.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,091 and the median income for a family was $55,304. Males had a median income of $39,511 versus $21,811 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,575. About 6.4% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Townships

  • Alexanter
  • Antelope Lake
  • Balta
  • Elling
  • Elverum
  • Hagel
  • Jefferson
  • Meyer map
  • Ness
  • Reno Valley
  • Rush Lake
  • Torgerson
  • Truman
  • Tuscarora
  • White

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