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Walsh County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting Walsh 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 August 30, 1881
Seat Grafton
Largest City Grafton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,294 sq mi (3,351 km²)
1,282 sq mi (3,320 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 0.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

10,897
23/sq mi (8.7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.walsh.nd.us
Named for: George H. Walsh

Walsh County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,119. Its county seat is Grafton.

Walsh County was created by the 1881 territorial legislature and organized on August 30, 1881 from the northern parts of Grand Forks County and southern parts of Pembina County. It is named in honor of George H. Walsh (1845–1913), a newspaperman and politician in Grand Forks. Grafton became the county seat in 1881.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,282 square miles (3,320 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • US 81.svg U.S. Highway 81
  • North Dakota 17.svg North Dakota Highway 17
  • North Dakota 18.svg North Dakota Highway 18
  • North Dakota 32.png North Dakota Highway 32
  • North Dakota 35.png North Dakota Highway 35

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Ardoch National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 16,587
1900 20,288 22.3%
1910 19,491 −3.9%
1920 19,087 −2.1%
1930 20,047 5.0%
1940 20,747 3.5%
1950 18,859 −9.1%
1960 17,997 −4.6%
1970 16,251 −9.7%
1980 15,371 −5.4%
1990 13,840 −10.0%
2000 12,389 −10.5%
2010 11,119 −10.3%
Est. 2015 10,897 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,389 people, 5,029 households, and 3,319 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 5,757 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.86% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 5.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.7% were of Norwegian, 14.6% German, 8.7% Polish and 8.0% Czech ancestry.

There were 5,029 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,845, and the median income for a family was $41,619. Males had a median income of $28,080 versus $19,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,496. About 7.70% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,119 people, 4,746 households, and 3,021 families residing in the county. The population density was 8.7 inhabitants per square mile (3.4/km2). There were 5,498 housing units at an average density of 4.3 per square mile (1.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.5% white, 1.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 3.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 39.7% were Norwegian, 21.6% were German, 11.0% were Polish, 9.4% were Irish, 9.3% were Czech, 5.8% were English, and 5.4% were American.

Of the 4,746 households, 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.3% were non-families, and 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 45.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,139 and the median income for a family was $58,429. Males had a median income of $36,934 versus $26,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,829. About 5.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Acton
  • Adams
  • Ardoch
  • Cleveland
  • Dewey
  • Dundee
  • Eden
  • Farmington
  • Fertile
  • Forest River
  • Glenwood
  • Golden
  • Grafton
  • Harriston
  • Kensington
  • Kinloss
  • Lampton
  • Latona
  • Martin
  • Medford
  • Norton
  • Oakwood
  • Ops
  • Perth
  • Prairie Centre
  • Pulaski
  • Rushford
  • St. Andrews
  • Sauter
  • Shepherd
  • Silvesta
  • Tiber
  • Vernon
  • Vesta
  • Walsh Centre
  • Walshville

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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