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Surrey, North Dakota
Location of Surrey, North Dakota
Location of Surrey, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ward
 • Total 2.12 sq mi (5.50 km2)
 • Land 2.12 sq mi (5.48 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
1,634 ft (498 m)
 • Total 934
 • Estimate 
 • Density 658.32/sq mi (254.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-77180
GNIS feature ID 1032399

Surrey is a town in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 934 at the 2010 census. Official incorporation of Surrey occurred in 1951. The city is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Surrey was founded on June 18, 1900, and named after Surrey, England, by Great Northern Railway officials. It was one of several sites along the Great Northern's transcontinental route between Devils Lake and Minot that were named after places in England (the others were Berwick, Leeds, Norwich, Penn, Rugby, Tunbridge, and York).

In 1910, Surrey gained notoriety as being the point where construction began on a shortening of the Great Northern transcontinental route. This construction progressed eastward and was completed in 1912. The new line, which proceeded diagonally from Fargo to Surrey and reduced the distance required to travel between those two cities by 44 miles (71 km), came to be popularly known as the Surrey Cutoff. Both the cutoff and the original line are still in place today, with the cutoff forming a part of the BNSF Railway's northernmost transcontinental route.


Surrey is located at 48°14′13″N 101°7′59″W / 48.23694°N 101.13306°W / 48.23694; -101.13306 (48.237055, -101.133035). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), of which, 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 309
1970 361 16.8%
1980 999 176.7%
1990 856 −14.3%
2000 917 7.1%
2010 934 1.9%
2019 (est.) 1,393 49.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 934 people, 334 households, and 264 families residing in the city. The population density was 953.1 inhabitants per square mile (368.0/km2). There were 335 housing units at an average density of 341.8 per square mile (132.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.6% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 334 households, of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.0% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 28.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 7.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Surrey has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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