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Regent, North Dakota
Location of Regent, North Dakota
Location of Regent, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Hettinger
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,461 ft (750 m)
 • Total 160
 • Estimate 
 • Density 280.36/sq mi (108.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-66020
GNIS feature ID 1030876

Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 160 at the 2010 census.


Regent was founded in 1910 when the railroad was extended to that point. The city was so named with the aim of promoting its central location in order to attract the county seat. A post office has been in operation at Regent since 1910.


Regent is located at 46°25′19″N 102°33′26″W / 46.42194°N 102.55722°W / 46.42194; -102.55722 (46.421937, -102.557208).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 262
1930 308 17.6%
1940 261 −15.3%
1950 405 55.2%
1960 388 −4.2%
1970 344 −11.3%
1980 297 −13.7%
1990 268 −9.8%
2000 211 −21.3%
2010 160 −24.2%
2019 (est.) 157 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 160 people, 80 households, and 47 families residing in the city. The population density was 285.7 inhabitants per square mile (110.3/km2). There were 120 housing units at an average density of 214.3 per square mile (82.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 1.9% Native American, and 0.6% from two or more races.

There were 80 households, of which 16.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the city was 52 years. 16.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.3% were from 25 to 44; 33.2% were from 45 to 64; and 29.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.


Regent gained a moment of national notoriety when The Wall Street Journal published an article about a dispute among its telephone service providers. Consolidated Telephone Cooperative was the sole provider, but Western Wireless Corp. moved into town, providing service by cellular connection and thus saving the costs of installing wires. Angered by the loss of its customers, Consolidated refused to connect calls to and from Western's central switch, effectively disconnecting all of Western's customers in town. Western complained to regulatory authorities, and Consolidated agreed to connect the disconnected customers. The Journal noted that issues of possible monopoly, alleged illegal anticompetitive practices, and the preservation of established rural carriers (and their subsidies) in the face of competition from new rivals were potentially at stake.

Arts and culture

Regent is home to the "Enchanted Highway", a series of metal sculptures by artist Gary Greff. Greff and the town of Regent were featured on the "NBC Nightly News" on August 26, 2007. The Hettinger County Historical Society Museum is located in Regent. The Regent area is acclaimed for its pheasant hunting.


It is in the Mott/Regent School District.

Notable person

  • Byron Dorgan, state Tax Commissioner (1969-1980), U.S. Congressman (1981-1992), and Senator (1992-2011)

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Regent (Dakota del Norte) para niños

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