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Sentinel Butte, North Dakota
Sentinel Butte post office
Sentinel Butte post office
Location of Sentinel Butte, North Dakota
Location of Sentinel Butte, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Golden Valley
Area
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.71 km2)
 • Land 1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
2,720 ft (829 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 56
 • Estimate 
(2019)
63
 • Density 61.17/sq mi (23.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
58654
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-71780
GNIS feature ID 1032020

Sentinel Butte is a city in Golden Valley County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 56 at the 2010 census.

Sentinel Butte was founded in 1902 along the transcontinental rail line of the Northern Pacific Railway. The name comes from the prominent butte (3,428 ft [1,045 m]) three miles (5 km) to the south. This geographical feature was named in honor of two Arikara sentinels killed nearby in 1864 by the Sioux.

Geography

Sentinel Butte is located at 46°55′07″N 103°50′20″W / 46.918672°N 103.838770°W / 46.918672; -103.838770.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2), of which, 1.04 square miles (2.69 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 292
1930 219 −25.0%
1940 256 16.9%
1950 229 −10.5%
1960 160 −30.1%
1970 125 −21.9%
1980 86 −31.2%
1990 79 −8.1%
2000 62 −21.5%
2010 56 −9.7%
2019 (est.) 63 12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 56 people, 30 households, and 17 families residing in the city. The population density was 53.8 inhabitants per square mile (20.8/km2). There were 38 housing units at an average density of 36.5 per square mile (14.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 30 households, of which 6.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.87 and the average family size was 2.47.

The median age in the city was 56.8 years. 5.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.1% were from 25 to 44; 39.3% were from 45 to 64; and 33.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sentinel Butte has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

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