Stutsman County, North Dakota Information (Geography)
Historic Stutsman County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 4, 1873 (created)|
June 10, 1873 (organized)
|Named for||Enos Stutsman|
|• Total||2,298 sq mi (5,950 km2)|
|• Land||2,222 sq mi (5,750 km2)|
|• Water||76 sq mi (200 km2) 3.3%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||9.2/sq mi (3.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 ( Central)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC−5 ( CDT)|
The Jamestown, North Dakota Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Stutsman County.
The Dakota Territory legislature created the county on January 4, 1873, with area partitioned from Buffalo and Pembina counties. It was not organized at that time, nor was it attached to another county for administrative or judicial purposes. It was named for Enos Stutsman, an area lawyer and politician. On June 10 of the same year, the county organization was effected, with Jamestown as the county seat. Its boundaries have not changed since its creation.  
The James River flows south-southeasterly through the east central part of the county. The terrain consists of low rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western portion. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.  The terrain slopes to the east and south; its highest point is a hill at the SW corner, at 1,965' (599m) ASL.  The county has a total area of 2,298 square miles (5,950 km2), of which 2,222 square miles (5,750 km2) is land and 76 square miles (200 km2) (3.3%) is water.  It is the second-largest county in North Dakota by land area and third-largest by total area.
Protected areas 
- Alkali Lake
- Arrowwood Lake
- Barnes Lake
- Big Mallard Marsh
- Blair Slough
- Blue Lake
- Chase Lake
- Chicago Lake
- Colby Lake
- Eric Lake
- Fischer Lake
- Fisher Lake
- Jamestown Reservoir
- Jim Lake
- Moon Lake
- Mud Lake
- Northwest Lake
- Pearl Lake
- Runner Slough
- School Lake
- Spiritwood Lake
- Trautman Slough
- West Lake
|US Decennial Census
1790-1960  1900-1990 
1990-2000  2010-2018 
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 21,908 people, 8,954 households, and 5,649 families in the county. The population density was 10 per square mile (4/km²). There were 9,817 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.53% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.3% were of German and 18.0% Norwegian ancestry.
There were 8,954 households out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.90% were non-families. 32.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.
The county population contained 22.80% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,848, and the median income for a family was $42,853. Males had a median income of $28,529 versus $20,397 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,706. About 6.80% of families and 10.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 census, there were 21,100 people, 8,931 households, and 5,255 families in the county.  The population density was 9.5 inhabitants per square mile (3.7/km2). There were 9,862 housing units at an average density of 4.4 per square mile (1.7/km2).  The racial makeup of the county was 95.6% white, 1.4% American Indian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.  In terms of ancestry, 56.5% were German, 27.6% were Norwegian, 7.2% were Irish, 6.0% were Russian, 5.2% were English, and 2.4% were American. 
Of the 8,931 households, 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.2% were non-families, and 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 42.0 years. 
The median income for a household in the county was $44,620 and the median income for a family was $60,171. Males had a median income of $40,365 versus $27,549 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,307. About 6.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over. 
Unincorporated communities 
- Deer Lake
- Jim River Valley
- Moon Lake
- Pipestem Valley
- Round Top
- St. Paul
- Valley Spring
Stutsman County voters have been reliably Republican for several decades. In no national election since 1964 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate.
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- Stutsman County official website
- Stutsman County in the world war : Jamestown, North Dakota (1919) from the Digital Horizons website
- Stutsman County North Dakota in the James River Valley : a Stutsman home, and herds on pasture (1925) from the Digital Horizons website