Barnes County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Barnes County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 1875
Seat Valley City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,513 sq mi (3,919 km²)
1,492 sq mi (3,864 km²)
22 sq mi (57 km²), 1.43%
 - (2000)
 - Density

8/sq mi (3/km²)

Barnes County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 11,775. Its county seat is Valley City6.

The Dakota Territory's legislature authorized a Burbank County (named for governor John. A. Burbank) in 1872. But in 1874 they renamed it Barnes County in honor of Judge Alanson H. Barnes (1818-1890) who was an associate justice of the Territorial Court. It was finally organized in a meeting at Valley City on January 6, 1879.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,919 km² (1,513 sq mi). 3,863 km² (1,492 sq mi) of it is land and 56 km² (22 sq mi) of it (1.43%) is water.


  • Alta
  • Anderson
  • Ashtabula
  • Baldwin
  • Binghampton
  • Brimer
  • Cuba
  • Dazey
  • Eckelson
  • Edna
  • Ellsbury
  • Getchell
  • Grand Prairie
  • Green
  • Greenland
  • Hemen
  • Hobart
  • Koldok
  • Lake Town
  • Mansfield
  • Marsh
  • Meadow Lake
  • Minnie Lake
  • Nelson
  • Noltimier
  • Norma
  • Oakhill
  • Oriska
  • Pierce
  • Potter
  • Raritan
  • Rogers
  • Rosebud
  • Sibley Trail
  • Skandia
  • Spring Creek
  • Springvale
  • Stewart
  • Svea
  • Thordenskjold
  • Uxbridge
  • Valley
  • Weimer

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Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 11,775 people, 4,884 households, and 3,115 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (8/sq mi). There were 5,599 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (4/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.91% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,884 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.20% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,166, and the median income for a family was $42,149. Males had a median income of $28,504 versus $18,447 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,566. About 6.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade[]



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

Coordinates: 46°56′N 98°04′W / 46.93, -98.07

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