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Cass County, North Dakota
Cass County Courthouse Fargo
Cass County Courthouse in Fargo
Map of North Dakota highlighting Cass County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of USA ND
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat Fargo
Largest city Fargo
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,768 sq mi (4,579 km²)
1,765 sq mi (4,571 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.15%
 - (2010)
 - Density

70/sq mi (27/km²)

Cass County is a county located in the state of North Dakota, USA. As of the 2010 census, the population was 149,778.[1] Its county seat is Fargo.[2] It is the most populous and fastest growing county in North Dakota.

Cass County is part of the Fargo, ND–MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Cass County dates back to the days of the Dakota Territory. It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized on October 27, 1873, at a meeting in Fargo. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.


Cass County is governed by a board of commissioners, each elected to a four-year term. Other elected officials include the auditor, recorder, sheriff, state's attorney, and treasurer. Appointed officials include administrator, extension agent, director of tax equalization, highway engineer, information technology coordinator, social services officer, veterans service officer, and weed control officer.

District Commissioner In office since Current term expires in
1st Scott Wagner 2000????
2nd Vern Bennett 2002????
3rd Ken Pawluk 2004????
4th Darrell Vanyo (Vice Chair) 2002  ????
5th Robyn Sorum (Chair) 2000????


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,768 square miles (4,579.1 km2), of which 1,765 square miles (4,571.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.15%) is water.


Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 8,998
1890 19,613 118.0%
1900 28,625 45.9%
1910 33,935 18.6%
1920 41,477 22.2%
1930 48,735 17.5%
1940 52,849 8.4%
1950 58,877 11.4%
1960 66,947 13.7%
1970 73,653 10.0%
1980 88,247 19.8%
1990 102,874 16.6%
2000 123,138 19.7%
2010 149,778 21.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 123,138 people, 51,315 households, and 29,814 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 53,790 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 0.81% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.1% were of German and 32.4% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 51,315 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 16.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,147, and the median income for a family was $51,469. Males had a median income of $32,216 versus $22,300 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,889. About 5.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decadeEdit


Cass County Courthouse

Cass County Courthouse


Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.

Census-designated placesEdit

Other communityEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 46°56′N 97°15′W / 46.93, -97.25

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