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Richland County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting Richland 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 November 25, 1873
Seat Wahpeton
Largest City Wahpeton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,445 sq mi (3,743 km²)
1,436 sq mi (3,719 km²)
9.7 sq mi (25 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

16,402
11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.richland.nd.us/

Richland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,321. Its county seat is Wahpeton. The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named for Morgan T. Rich of Wahpeton, who settled on the site of the future city in 1869. County government was organized on November 25, 1873.

Richland County is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Fargo-Wahpeton, ND-MN Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,445 square miles (3,740 km2), of which 1,436 square miles (3,720 km2) is land and 9.7 square miles (25 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • North Dakota 11.svg North Dakota Highway 11
  • North Dakota 13.svg North Dakota Highway 13
  • North Dakota 18.svg North Dakota Highway 18
  • North Dakota 27.svg North Dakota Highway 27
  • North Dakota 46.png North Dakota Highway 46
  • North Dakota 127.svg North Dakota Highway 127

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Sheyenne National Grassland (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,597
1890 10,751 198.9%
1900 17,387 61.7%
1910 19,659 13.1%
1920 20,887 6.2%
1930 21,008 0.6%
1940 20,519 −2.3%
1950 19,865 −3.2%
1960 18,824 −5.2%
1970 18,089 −3.9%
1980 19,207 6.2%
1990 18,148 −5.5%
2000 17,998 −0.8%
2010 16,321 −9.3%
Est. 2015 16,402 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,998 people, 6,885 households, and 4,427 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 7,575 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.83% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 1.66% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.5% were of German and 26.9% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 6,885 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 107.7 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 108.6 men.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,098, and the median income for a family was $45,484. Men had a median income of $30,829 versus $20,310 for women. The per capita income for the county was $16,339. About 6.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 16,321 people, 6,651 households, and 4,171 families residing in the county. The population density was 11.4 inhabitants per square mile (4.4/km2). There were 7,503 housing units at an average density of 5.2 per square mile (2.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.0% white, 2.0% American Indian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 53.0% were German, 31.2% were Norwegian, 7.0% were Irish, and 2.3% were American.

Of the 6,651 households, 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.3% were non-families, and 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.91. The median age was 39.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,131 and the median income for a family was $64,636. Males had a median income of $42,597 versus $28,284 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,342. About 5.2% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated community

Townships

  • Abercrombie
  • Antelope
  • Barney
  • Barrie
  • Belford
  • Brandenburg
  • Brightwood
  • Center
  • Colfax
  • Danton
  • Devillo
  • Dexter
  • Duerr
  • Dwight
  • Eagle
  • Elma
  • Fairmount
  • Freeman
  • Garborg
  • Grant
  • Greendale
  • Helendale
  • Homestead
  • Ibsen
  • LaMars
  • Liberty Grove
  • Lidgerwood
  • Mooreton
  • Moran
  • Nansen
  • Sheyenne
  • Summit
  • Viking
  • Walcott
  • Waldo
  • West End
  • Wyndmere

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