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Steele County, North Dakota
Map

Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded June 2, 1883
Seat Finley
Largest City Finley
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
712 sq mi (1,844 km²)
3.2 sq mi (8 km²), 0.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

1,956
2.8/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.steele.nd.us/

Steele County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,975. It was established in 1883 by partition of Griggs and Traill counties, and named for businessman Edward H. Steele who was in large part responsible for its creation. Its county seat since 1919 is Finley.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • North Dakota 32.svg North Dakota Route 32
  • North Dakota 38.svg North Dakota Route 38
  • North Dakota 200.svg North Dakota Route 200

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 3,777
1900 5,888 55.9%
1910 7,616 29.3%
1920 7,401 −2.8%
1930 6,972 −5.8%
1940 6,193 −11.2%
1950 5,145 −16.9%
1960 4,719 −8.3%
1970 3,749 −20.6%
1980 3,106 −17.2%
1990 2,420 −22.1%
2000 2,258 −6.7%
2010 1,975 −12.5%
Est. 2015 1,956 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,258 people, 923 households, and 635 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 60.7% were of Norwegian and 15.6% German ancestry.

There were 923 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,757, and the median income for a family was $43,914. Males had a median income of $30,104 versus $20,694 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,601. About 5.00% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 3.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,975 people, 864 households, and 589 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.8 inhabitants per square mile (1.1/km2). There were 1,171 housing units at an average density of 1.6 per square mile (0.62/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 60.0% were Norwegian, 35.2% were German, 5.4% were Irish, and 1.0% were American.

Of the 864 households, 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.8% were non-families, and 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.78. The median age was 47.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,191 and the median income for a family was $54,625. Males had a median income of $36,588 versus $25,648 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,728. About 4.3% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Townships

  • Beaver Creek
  • Broadlawn
  • Carpenter
  • Colgate
  • Easton
  • Edendale
  • Enger
  • Finley
  • Franklin
  • Golden Lake
  • Greenview
  • Hugo
  • Melrose
  • Newburgh
  • Primrose
  • Riverside
  • Sharon
  • Sherbrooke
  • Westfield
  • Willow Lake

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