|Benson County, North Dakota|
Location in the state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Fort Totten|
1,439 sq mi (3,727 km²)
1,381 sq mi (3,577 km²)
59 sq mi (153 km²), 4.08%
5/sq mi (2/km²)
Benson County was created by the 1879 territorial legislature and named for B.W. Benson, a Dakota Territory legislator at the time. The county government was first organized on June 4, 1884; Minnewaukan has always been the county seat.
Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and much of the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation are located within the county.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,439 square miles (3,727.0 km2). 1,381 square miles (3,576.8 km2) is land and 59 square miles (152.8 km2) (or 4.08%) is water.
- Towner County (north)
- Ramsey County (northeast)
- Nelson County (east)
- Eddy County (southeast)
- Wells County (southwest)
- Pierce County (west)
|Towner County||Ramsey County|
|Pierce County||Nelson County|
Benson County, North Dakota
|Wells County||Eddy County|
- U.S. Highway 2
- U.S. Highway 281
- North Dakota Highway 19
- North Dakota Highway 20
- North Dakota Highway 57
National protected areas
- Pleasant Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Sullys Hill National Game Preserve
- Wood Lake National Wildlife Refuge
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,964 people, 2,328 households, and 1,701 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,932 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was mostly White (50.85%) and Native American (48.05%). In addition, 0.10% are Black/African American, 0.01% are Asian, 0.01% are Pacific Islander, 0.16% are from other races, and 0.82% are from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.2% were of Norwegian and 14.8% German ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,328 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 16.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.48.
In the county the population was spread out with 36.10% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,688, and the median income for a family was $31,558. Males had a median income of $23,056 versus $17,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,509. About 24.40% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.90% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
Population by decade
Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.
- Fort Totten
- St. Michael
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Benson County, North Dakota
- ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST05&prodType=table. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. http://www.nd.gov/content.htm?parentCatID=83&id=County%20History. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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