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Ramsey County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 25, 1883
Seat Devils Lake
Largest City Devils Lake
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,301 sq mi (3,370 km²)
1,187 sq mi (3,074 km²)
114 sq mi (295 km²), 8.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,630
25/sq mi (9.6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.ramsey.nd.us
Named for: Alexander Ramsey

Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,451. Its county seat is Devils Lake. The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and organized on January 25, 1883. It was named for Alexander Ramsey, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,301 square miles (3,370 km2), of which 1,187 square miles (3,070 km2) is land and 114 square miles (300 km2) (8.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • North Dakota 1.svg North Dakota Highway 1
  • North Dakota 17.svg North Dakota Highway 17
  • North Dakota 19.svg North Dakota Highway 19
  • North Dakota 20.svg North Dakota Highway 20
  • North Dakota 57.svg North Dakota Highway 57

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 281
1890 4,418 1,472.2%
1900 9,198 108.2%
1910 15,199 65.2%
1920 15,427 1.5%
1930 16,252 5.3%
1940 15,626 −3.9%
1950 14,373 −8.0%
1960 13,443 −6.5%
1970 12,915 −3.9%
1980 13,048 1.0%
1990 12,681 −2.8%
2000 12,066 −4.8%
2010 11,451 −5.1%
Est. 2015 11,630 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,066 people, 4,957 households, and 3,187 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 5,729 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.31% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 5.40% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.7% were of German and 33.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 4,957 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 31.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,600, and the median income for a family was $42,439. Males had a median income of $29,562 versus $18,629 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,060. About 8.70% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.90% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,451 people, 4,955 households, and 3,008 families residing in the county. The population density was 9.6 inhabitants per square mile (3.7/km2). There were 5,615 housing units at an average density of 4.7 per square mile (1.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.7% white, 8.7% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 41.9% were German, 37.7% were Norwegian, 7.0% were Irish, 5.7% were Swedish, 5.2% were English, and 2.9% were American.

Of the 4,955 households, 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families, and 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 43.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,792 and the median income for a family was $56,632. Males had a median income of $41,274 versus $25,171 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,130. About 8.7% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Bartlett
  • Cato
  • Chain Lakes
  • Coulee
  • Creel
  • De Groat
  • Dry Lake
  • Fancher
  • Freshwater
  • Grand Harbor
  • Hammer
  • Harding
  • Highland Center
  • Hope
  • Klingstrup
  • Lawton
  • Lillehoff
  • Minnewaukan
  • Morris
  • Newbre
  • Newland
  • Noonan
  • North Creel
  • Northfield
  • Odessa
  • Ontario
  • Overland
  • Pelican
  • Poplar Grove
  • Prospect
  • Royal
  • South Minnewaukan
  • Stevens
  • Sullivan
  • Triumph
  • Webster

Unincorporated communities


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