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Dunn County, North Dakota
Dunn County Courthouse - Manning North Dakota 10-08-2008.jpg
Dunn County Courthouse - Manning, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Dunn 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.
Founded9 March 1883 (created)
18 January 1908 (organized)
Seat Manning
Largest city Killdeer
Area
 • Total2,082 sq mi (5,392 km2)
 • Land2,008 sq mi (5,201 km2)
 • Water74 sq mi (192 km2), 3.5%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2017)4,289
 • Density2.14/sq mi (0.83/km2)
Time zones Central: UTC−6/ −5
(northern portion)
Mountain: UTC−7/ −6
(southern portion)
Website www.dunncountynd.org

Dunn County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 3,536. [1] Its county seat is Manning. [2]

History

On 9 March 1883 the Dakota Territory legislature authorized the creation of a new county, using territory partitioned from Howard County (which is now extinct). The county organization was not effected at that time, but the county was not attached to another county for judicial purposes.

The county boundaries were altered in 1883, and on 3 November 1896 the legislature ordered Dunn dissolved, with its territory assigned to Stark County. However, the state supreme court overturned the legislature's act on 24 May 1901; in effect re-creating Dunn County. The county was still not assigned to another county. This was resolved on 10 March 1903, when the county was assigned to Stark County for judicial purposes.

On 13 March 1903 the legislature again voted to dissolve Dunn County, but again (during the 1905 session) the state supreme court voided the act. Dunn County continued to be attached to Stark County. However, on 18 January 1908, the county organization was effected, and Dunn became a standalone county. In the process, Dunn gained a tract of previously-unattached land from Stark County, enlarging its boundary. The configuration thus created has remained to the present. The county was named for John Piatt Dunn, [3] who opened the first drugstore in North Dakota, and who was a civic and commercial leader during the early history of Bismarck. [4] [5]

Geography

The Missouri River flows southeasterly along the northeastern boundary of Dunn County, and the Little Missouri River flows eastward across the center part of the county, to its confluence with the Missouri in the NE part of the county. The county terrain consists of semi-arid rolling hills, which are etched in the north and east by gullies and drainages to the river valleys. [6] The terrain slopes to the east and north; its highest point is a hill at SW corner, at 2,625' (800m) ASL. [7] The county has a total area of 2,082 square miles (5,390 km2), of which 2,008 square miles (5,200 km2) is land and 74 square miles (190 km2) (3.5%) is water. [8] It is the fifth-largest county in North Dakota by total area.

Dunn County is somewhat unusual among western North Dakota counties. Like other counties in the region, it has both prairie and badlands areas. Located in the northwest part of the county are the Killdeer Mountains, which are more accurately described as hills. These hills help create a mini-ecosystem on the southern edge of the Little Missouri badlands, which has a greater abundance of aspen forests and wildlife than is typically found in southwestern North Dakota.

The northwest corner of the county, northwest of the Killdeer Mountains, features many square miles of bur oak forest, mainly on the north-facing slopes of the hills. Bur oak and quaking aspen, though native to North Dakota, are sparse in western North Dakota, with Dunn County being a notable exception.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Protected areas [6]

Lakes [6]

  • Moffet Slough

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890159
19105,302
19208,82866.5%
19309,5668.4%
19408,376−12.4%
19507,212−13.9%
19606,350−12.0%
19704,895−22.9%
19804,627−5.5%
19904,005−13.4%
20003,600−10.1%
20103,536−1.8%
Est. 20174,289 [9]21.3%
US Decennial Census [10]
1790-1960 [11] 1900-1990 [12]
1990-2000 [13] 2010-2017 [1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 3,600 people, 1,378 households, and 986 families in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,965 housing units at an average density of 0.98 per square mile (0.38/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.58% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 12.44% Native American, 0.08% Asian, and 0.86% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.2% were of German and 16.6% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,378 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11.

The county population contained 27.40% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,015, and the median income for a family was $34,405. Males had a median income of $26,226 versus $17,143 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,624. About 13.80% of families and 17.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,536 people, 1,401 households, and 977 families in the county. [14] The population density was 1.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.69/km2). There were 2,132 housing units at an average density of 1.1 per square mile (0.42/km2). [15] The racial makeup of the county was 84.9% white, 12.7% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. [14] In terms of ancestry, 57.6% were German, 20.3% were Norwegian, 8.5% were Czech, 6.0% were Russian, 5.7% were Irish, 5.3% were English, and 1.8% were American. [16]

Of the 1,401 households, 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families, and 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 44.4 years. [14]

The median income for a household in the county was $48,707 and the median income for a family was $65,122. Males had a median income of $37,270 versus $23,599 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,832. About 6.2% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over. [17]

Sites of interest

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities [6]

Politics

Dunn County has voted Republican in every election since 1976.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results [18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 79.0% 1,771 16.0% 358 5.1% 114
2012 74.0% 1,506 25.0% 508 1.0% 20
2008 65.7% 1,080 32.1% 527 2.3% 37
2004 66.4% 1,178 32.2% 571 1.4% 25
2000 65.1% 1,124 27.4% 474 7.5% 130
1996 47.6% 830 33.7% 587 18.7% 326
1992 37.2% 784 31.7% 667 31.1% 654
1988 58.0% 1,263 41.0% 892 1.1% 23
1984 68.1% 1,583 30.8% 716 1.1% 25
1980 71.5% 1,706 22.3% 532 6.2% 148
1976 48.3% 1,041 48.7% 1,051 3.0% 65
1972 65.5% 1,438 29.3% 644 5.2% 115
1968 56.2% 1,207 35.9% 772 7.9% 170
1964 44.4% 1,079 55.6% 1,351 0.1% 2
1960 52.5% 1,462 47.5% 1,321
1956 59.6% 1,567 40.1% 1,055 0.2% 6
1952 76.5% 2,237 22.7% 664 0.8% 23
1948 51.3% 1,244 44.3% 1,074 4.3% 105
1944 59.8% 1,374 40.0% 919 0.2% 5
1940 60.3% 2,132 39.4% 1,392 0.3% 12
1936 21.7% 732 66.8% 2,257 11.6% 392
1932 18.9% 569 79.1% 2,380 2.0% 59
1928 46.5% 1,360 53.4% 1,561 0.1% 4
1924 42.8% 980 8.3% 190 48.9% 1,121
1920 80.6% 2,102 17.5% 457 1.9% 49
1916 34.4% 566 62.5% 1,028 3.0% 50
1912 32.4% 285 28.0% 246 39.7% 349
1908 68.8% 373 29.5% 160 1.7% 9

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 110.
  4. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d Dunn County ND Google Maps (accessed 17 February 2019)
  7. ^ "Find an Altitude/Dunn County ND" Google Maps (accessed 17 February 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

External links


DUNN COUNTY NORTH DAKOTA Latitude and Longitude:

47°22′N 102°37′W / 47.36°N 102.62°W / 47.36; -102.62