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Mercer County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Mercer 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 1872
Seat Stanton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,112 sq mi (2,880 km²)
1,045 sq mi (2,707 km²)
67 sq mi (174 km²), 6.02%
 - (2000)
 - Density

8/sq mi (3/km²)

Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 8,644. Its county seat is Stanton6.

The county was created by the 1874-1875 territorial legislature and was named for William Henry Mercer ( 1884–1901 ), an early rancher who settled north of Bismarck in 1869. Stanton became the county seat in 1884.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,881 km² (1,112 sq mi). 2,708 km² (1,045 sq mi) of it is land and 173 km² (67 sq mi) of it (6.02%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,644 people, 3,346 households, and 2,445 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (8/sq mi). There were 4,402 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (4/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.04% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 2.00% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.38% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,346 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.20% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 4.20% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,269, and the median income for a family was $51,983. Males had a median income of $47,969 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,256. About 5.50% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 20.90% of those age 65 or over.



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

Coordinates: 47°18′N 101°49′W / 47.30, -101.82

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