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Ransom County, North Dakota
Ransom County Courthouse 2008.jpg
Ransom County Courthouse
Map of North Dakota highlighting Ransom 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 January 4, 1873 (created)
April 4, 1881 (organized)
Named for Fort Ransom
Seat Lisbon
Largest city Lisbon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

864 sq mi (2,238 km²)
862 sq mi (2,233 km²)
1.4 sq mi (4 km²), 0.2
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

5,703
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.ransomcountynd.com

Ransom County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,703.[1] Its county seat is Lisbon.[2]

History[]

The Dakota Territory legislature created Ransom County on January 4, 1873. It was so named due to its military fort, which had been named Fort Ransom for Civil War veteran Major General Thomas E.G. Ransom. The fort had operated between 1867 and 1872. The county was not organized at that time, nor was it attached to another county for administrative or judicial purposes. Its proposed boundaries were altered two times during 1881. On April 4, 1881, the county government was effected. The county's area was again reduced in 1883 when Sargent County was created. Ransom County has retained its present configuration since that time.[3][4]

Outline map of Ransom County, North Dakota, 1910

Geography[]

The Sheyenne River meanders through Ransom County. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western part. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain slopes to the east and south; its highest point is on the north boundary line near its northwestern corner, at 1,421' (433m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 862 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[7]

File:Ransom Co ND Pie Chart No Text 3-7-17 Version.pdf

Major highways[]

  • North Dakota 27.svg North Dakota Route 27
  • North Dakota 32.svg North Dakota Route 32
  • North Dakota 46.svg North Dakota Route 46

Adjacent counties[]

Protected areas[]

  • Browns Ranch[8]
  • Fort Ransom State Historic Site
  • Fort Ransom State Park
  • Nature Conservancy's Sheyenne Delta[8]
  • North Country Trail
  • Pigeon Point Reserve[8]
  • Sheyenne National Grassland (part)
  • Sheyenne State Forest[8]

Lakes[5][]

  • Lone Tree Lake

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 537
1890 5,393 904.3%
1900 6,919 28.3%
1910 10,345 49.5%
1920 11,618 12.3%
1930 10,983 −5.5%
1940 10,061 −8.4%
1950 8,876 −11.8%
1960 8,078 −9.0%
1970 7,102 −12.1%
1980 6,698 −5.7%
1990 5,921 −11.6%
2000 5,890 −0.5%
2010 5,457 −7.4%
Est. 2021 5,675 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census[]

As of the 2000 census, there were 5,890 people, 2,350 households, and 1,560 families in the county. The population density was 6.83/sqmi (2.64/km2). There were 2,604 housing units at an average density of 3.02/sqmi (1.17/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.5% were of German and 34.9% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,350 households, out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 30.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01.

The county population contained 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 106.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,672, and the median income for a family was $44,865. Males had a median income of $35,023 versus $18,772 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,219. About 6.30% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 census, there were 5,457 people, 2,310 households, and 1,466 families in the county.[13] The population density was 6.33/sqmi (2.44/km2). There were 2,656 housing units at an average density of 3.08/sqmi (1.19/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 54.2% were German, 36.6% were Norwegian, 9.0% were Irish, 6.9% were Swedish, 5.1% were English, and 1.6% were American.[15]

Of the 2,310 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families, and 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 45.2 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $46,044 and the median income for a family was $59,973. Males had a median income of $42,380 versus $28,209 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,995. About 7.5% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Elliott
  • Enderlin (partly in Cass County)
  • Fort Ransom
  • Lisbon (county seat)
  • Sheldon

Census-designated places[]

  • Englevale
  • McLeod

Townships[]

  • Aliceton
  • Alleghany
  • Bale
  • Big Bend
  • Casey
  • Coburn
  • Elliott
  • Fort Ransom
  • Greene
  • Hanson
  • Island Park
  • Isley
  • Liberty
  • McLeod
  • Moore
  • Northland
  • Owego
  • Preston
  • Rosemeade
  • Sandoun
  • Scoville
  • Shenford
  • Springer
  • Sydna
  • Tuller

Politics[]

Ransom County is a swing county in presidential elections, having voted for both parties an equal number of times since 1980. It voted for the Democrat in the 2000 and 2012 gubernatorial elections, and for the Republican in 2004, 2008, and 2016.

Ransom County is one of the most Democratic counties in North Dakota. In the 2018 election for U.S. Senate, it gave Heidi Heitkamp her 4th-highest total (60.6%), behind only Sioux, Rolette, and Benson counties.

United States presidential election results for Ransom County, North Dakota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,418 57.78% 945 38.51% 91 3.71%
2016 1,210 51.29% 838 35.52% 311 13.18%
2012 1,009 41.61% 1,343 55.38% 73 3.01%
2008 998 41.02% 1,371 56.35% 64 2.63%
2004 1,352 51.96% 1,199 46.08% 51 1.96%
2000 1,488 54.73% 1,080 39.72% 151 5.55%
1996 920 37.78% 1,199 49.24% 316 12.98%
1992 1,102 37.96% 1,166 40.17% 635 21.87%
1988 1,362 47.66% 1,459 51.05% 37 1.29%
1984 1,706 57.38% 1,222 41.10% 45 1.51%
1980 1,883 59.93% 974 31.00% 285 9.07%
1976 1,696 49.07% 1,715 49.62% 45 1.30%
1972 2,056 59.85% 1,355 39.45% 24 0.70%
1968 1,943 57.43% 1,286 38.01% 154 4.55%
1964 1,647 44.31% 2,063 55.50% 7 0.19%
1960 2,324 56.26% 1,806 43.72% 1 0.02%
1956 2,361 56.56% 1,808 43.32% 5 0.12%
1952 3,051 70.19% 1,265 29.10% 31 0.71%
1948 1,772 50.85% 1,595 45.77% 118 3.39%
1944 2,044 55.06% 1,639 44.15% 29 0.78%
1940 2,579 56.20% 1,986 43.28% 24 0.52%
1936 1,303 30.32% 2,385 55.49% 610 14.19%
1932 1,445 31.67% 3,025 66.29% 93 2.04%
1928 2,613 63.04% 1,505 36.31% 27 0.65%
1924 1,862 45.59% 303 7.42% 1,919 46.99%
1920 3,010 77.30% 802 20.60% 82 2.11%
1916 1,093 47.81% 1,121 49.04% 72 3.15%
1912 495 31.21% 490 30.90% 601 37.89%
1908 1,308 67.53% 581 29.99% 48 2.48%
1904 1,257 79.66% 253 16.03% 68 4.31%
1900 924 62.77% 499 33.90% 49 3.33%
1896 766 56.49% 579 42.70% 11 0.81%
1892 566 49.43% 0 0.00% 579 50.57%



Education[]

School districts include:

  • Enderlin Area Public School District 24
  • Fort Ransom Public School District 6
  • Kindred Public School District 2
  • LaMoure Public School District 8
  • Litchville-Marion Public School District 46
  • Lisbon Public School District 19
  • Milnor Public School District 2
  • North Sargent Public School District 3
  • Oakes Public School District 41
  • Wyndmere Public School District 42

In 1905 it had 22 school districts, with 16 not having a bond. Circa 1905 the county had 2,431 students in its three high schools, five grade schools, and 75 schoolhouses.[18]

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Ransom County ND

References[]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Ransom County, North Dakota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/ransomcountynorthdakota/PST045221. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm. 
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. http://www.nd.gov/content.htm?parentCatID=83&id=County%20History. 
  5. ^ a b Ransom County ND Google Maps (accessed February 25, 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude/Ransom County ND" Google Maps (accessed February 25, 2019)". https://www.daftlogic.com/sandbox-google-maps-find-altitude.htm. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_38.txt. 
  8. ^ a b c d What to do
  9. ^ "United States Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/nd190090.txt. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  13. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US38073. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US38073. 
  15. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US38073. 
  16. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US38073. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  18. ^ "Ransom County, N. Dakota Its Educational Advantages". The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minnesota): p. 3. March 18, 1905.  - Clipping from Newspapers.com.

External links[]

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Coordinates: 46°28′N 97°40′W / 46.46, -97.66

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