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Ward County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Ward County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of USA ND
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1885
Seat (1885–1888) Burlington
(1888–present) Minot
Largest city Minot
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,056 sq mi (5,325 km²)
2,013 sq mi (5,214 km²)
43 sq mi (111 km²), 2.11%
 - (2010)
 - Density

28/sq mi (11/km²)

Ward County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,675.[1] Its county seat is Minot.[2]

Ward County was created by the 1885 Dakota Territory legislature and named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties during the session. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Burlington as the county seat. This was changed to Minot in 1888.[3]

Until 1910, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties; this landmass often being referred to as 'Imperial Ward' County. When Burke and Renville counties were partitioned out of Imperial Ward County, neither wanted to include Kenmare and risk that city becoming the county seat, so Kenmare was left in Ward County at the end of a narrow strip of land.[4]

Ward County is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,056 square miles (5,326 km²), of which, 2,013 square miles (5,213 km²) of it is land and 43 square miles (112 km²) of it (2.11%) is water.

Much of the county is flat to rolling plains. The southern reaches of the county are dotted with numerous small lakes, water neither sloping towards the Souris River basin nor Lake Sakakawea.


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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,681
1900 7,961 373.6%
1910 25,221 216.8%
1920 28,811 14.2%
1930 33,597 16.6%
1940 31,981 −4.8%
1950 34,782 8.8%
1960 47,072 35.3%
1970 58,560 24.4%
1980 58,392 −0.3%
1990 57,921 −0.8%
2000 58,975 1.8%
2010 61,675 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
ND County Population, 1900-90

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 58,795 people, 23,041 households, and 15,368 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 25,097 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The county is predominately White (92.40%), with African Americans and Native Americans making up 2.22% and 2.07% respectively. Asians and Pacific Islanders made up less than 1% of the population. Other races and those that identified as being two or more races made up 2.43%. 1.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.7% were of German ancestry and 27.9% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 23,041 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 13.00% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,670, and the median income for a family was $41,342. Males had a median income of $27,980 versus $19,830 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,926. About 7.90% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.



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

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Wick, Douglas A.. "Kenmare (Ward County)". North Dakota Place Names. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 48°13′N 101°33′W / 48.22, -101.55

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