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Velva, North Dakota
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Location of Velva, North Dakota
Location of Velva, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McHenry
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Land 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,512 ft (461 m)
 • Total 1,086
 • Density 1,234.44/sq mi (476.66/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-81620
GNIS feature ID 1032637
Highways US 52, ND 41

Velva is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 1,086 at the 2020 census. Part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area, Velva was founded in 1897.


Velva became a city in 1886 with the arrival of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad into the area. Velva received its official city rights in 1905.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 837
1920 836 −0.1%
1930 870 4.1%
1940 1,017 16.9%
1950 1,170 15.0%
1960 1,330 13.7%
1970 1,241 −6.7%
1980 1,101 −11.3%
1990 968 −12.1%
2000 1,049 8.4%
2010 1,084 3.3%
2020 1,086 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,084 people, 452 households and 277 families living in the city. The population density was 1,306.0 inhabitants per square mile (504.2/km2). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 594.0 per square mile (229.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 452 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.92.

The average age in the city was 42.7 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.


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


Velva Public School is the community's public school, serving students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Notable people

See also

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