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Ray, North Dakota
Motto(s): 
"The Grain Palace City"
Location of Ray, North Dakota
Location of Ray, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Williams
Area
 • Total 1.35 sq mi (3.51 km2)
 • Land 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
2,274 ft (693 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 592
 • Estimate 
(2019)
901
 • Density 684.65/sq mi (264.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58849
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-65580
GNIS feature ID 1030849

Ray is a city in Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 592 at the 2010 census.

History

Ray was founded in 1902. The city was named in honor of Al G. Ray, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Ray since 1902.

Geography

Ray is located at 48°20′42″N 103°9′59″W / 48.34500°N 103.16639°W / 48.34500; -103.16639 (48.344875, -103.166292).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), of which, 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 436
1920 563 29.1%
1930 621 10.3%
1940 579 −6.8%
1950 721 24.5%
1960 1,049 45.5%
1970 776 −26.0%
1980 766 −1.3%
1990 603 −21.3%
2000 534 −11.4%
2010 592 10.9%
2019 (est.) 901 52.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 592 people, 276 households, and 163 families residing in the city. The population density was 586.1 inhabitants per square mile (226.3/km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 298.0 per square mile (115.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 2.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 276 households, of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 46.1 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 35% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.2% male and 46.8% female.

Education

It is within the Nesson School District (Ray Public School).

Notable people

  • Delbert F. Anderson, farmer and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, was born in Ray.
  • Mary Sherman Morgan, inventor of Hydyne, which was combined with liquid oxygen to propel the first US rocket into orbit (1958), was born in Ray.

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