kids encyclopedia robot

Wells County, North Dakota facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Wells County
Wells County Courthouse (Fessenden, North Dakota)
Map of North Dakota highlighting Wells County
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Dakota
Founded January 4, 1873 (created)
August 28, 1884 (organized)
Named for Edward Payson Wells
Seat Fessenden
Largest city Harvey
Area
 • Total 1,290 sq mi (3,300 km2)
 • Land 1,271 sq mi (3,290 km2)
 • Water 19 sq mi (50 km2)  1.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,982
 • Density 3.087/sq mi (1.192/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Wells County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 3,982. Its county seat is Fessenden.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,290 square miles (3,300 km2), of which 1,271 square miles (3,290 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • North Dakota 3.svg North Dakota Highway 3
  • North Dakota 15.svg North Dakota Highway 15
  • North Dakota 30.svg North Dakota Highway 30
  • North Dakota 91.png North Dakota Highway 91
  • North Dakota 200.png North Dakota Highway 200
  • County 1
  • County 5
  • County 52

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,212
1900 8,310 585.6%
1910 11,814 42.2%
1920 12,957 9.7%
1930 13,285 2.5%
1940 11,198 −15.7%
1950 10,417 −7.0%
1960 9,237 −11.3%
1970 7,847 −15.0%
1980 6,979 −11.1%
1990 5,864 −16.0%
2000 5,102 −13.0%
2010 4,207 −17.5%
2020 3,982 −5.3%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,207 people, 1,943 households, and 1,223 families in the county. The population density was 3.31/sqmi (1.28/km2). There were 2,481 housing units at an average density of 1.95/sqmi (0.75/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.9% white, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.0% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 65.9% were German, 25.9% were Norwegian, 6.7% were Irish, and 1.8% were American.

Of the 1,943 households, 19.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.1% were non-families, and 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.67. The median age was 51.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,136 and the median income for a family was $52,400. Males had a median income of $38,442 versus $25,597 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,531. About 6.1% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Berlin
  • Bilodeau
  • Bremen
  • Bull Moose
  • Cathay
  • Chaseley
  • Crystal Lake
  • Delger
  • Fairville
  • Forward
  • Fram
  • Germantown
  • Haaland
  • Hamburg
  • Hawksnest
  • Heimdal
  • Hillsdale
  • Johnson
  • Lynn
  • Manfred
  • Norway Lake
  • Oshkosh
  • Pony Gulch
  • Progress
  • Rusland
  • Saint Anna
  • Silver Lake
  • South Cottonwood
  • Speedwell
  • Sykeston
  • Valhalla
  • Wells
  • West Norway
  • West Ontario
  • Western
  • Woodward

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Images for kids

kids search engine
Wells County, North Dakota Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.