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Towner County, North Dakota
Towner County Courthouse.jpg
Postcard. Towner County Courthouse in Cando, North Dakota, a historic Queen Anne-style building.
Map of North Dakota highlighting Towner 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 March 8, 1883 (created)
January 24, 1884 (organized)
Named for Oscar M. Towner
Seat Cando
Largest city Cando
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,041 sq mi (2,696 km²)
1,025 sq mi (2,655 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 1.6
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

2,162
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://townercountynd.com/

Towner County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population is 2,162.[1] Its county seat is Cando.[2] It is south of the Canada–US border with Manitoba.

History[]

The Dakota Territory legislature created the county on March 8, 1883, with areas partitioned from Cavalier and Rolette counties. It was named for Oscar M. Towner (1842–1897), a businessman and member of the 15th territorial legislature. The county organization was not completed at that time, and the county was attached to Pembina County for judicial and administrative purposes. That lasted until January 24, 1884, when the county organization was effected, and its attachment to Pembina was dissolved. However, on January 26, 1889, the county was attached to Ramsey County for judicial and administrative purposes. This arrangement only lasted a few months. The boundaries of Towner County as first formed have not been altered to the present (as of 2019).[3][4]

The city of Towner, North Dakota, is in McHenry County.

Outline map of Towner County, North Dakota, 1909

Geography[]

Towner County lies on the north line of North Dakota, and thus on the north line of the continental United States. Its north boundary line abuts the south boundary line of Canada. Its terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds. The area is devoted to agriculture.[5] The Laurentian Divide runs across Towner County - the northern terrain slopes to the north while the southern terrain slopes to the south, and the county as a whole slightly slopes to the east.[6] The county has a total area of 1,041 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,025 square miles (2,650 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.6%) is water.[7]

Major highways[]

  • US 281.svg U.S. Route 281
  • North Dakota 5.svg North Dakota Highway 5
  • North Dakota 17.svg North Dakota Highway 17
  • North Dakota 66.svg North Dakota Highway 66

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities[]

National protected areas[]

  • Brumba National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Rock Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Snyder Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Lakes[5][]

  • Armourdale Lake
  • Brumba Pool
  • Lake Alice (part)
  • McLaughlin Lake
  • Moore Lake
  • Pound Lake
  • Rock Lake
  • Snyder Lake

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,450
1900 6,491 347.7%
1910 8,963 38.1%
1920 8,327 −7.1%
1930 8,393 0.8%
1940 7,200 −14.2%
1950 6,360 −11.7%
1960 5,624 −11.6%
1970 4,645 −17.4%
1980 4,052 −12.8%
1990 3,627 −10.5%
2000 2,876 −20.7%
2010 2,246 −21.9%
Est. 2021 2,140 −25.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census[]

As of the 2000 census, there were 2,876 people, 1,218 households, and 785 families in the county. The population density was 2.8/sqmi (1.08/km2). There were 1,558 housing units at an average density of 1.52/sqmi (0.59/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.32% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 2.05% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.1% were of German and 31.0% Norwegian ancestry. 98.4% spoke English as their first language.

There were 1,218 households, out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 33.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.93.

The county population contained 24.60% under the age of 18, 3.60% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 23.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,740, and the median income for a family was $39,286. Males had a median income of $24,917 versus $17,335 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,605. About 6.30% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.20% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 census, there were 2,246 people, 1,048 households, and 639 families in the county.[12] The population density was 2.19/sqmi (0.85/km2). There were 1,449 housing units at an average density of 1.41/sqmi (0.55/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 2.2% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 46.5% were German, 41.5% were Norwegian, 10.4% were Irish, 7.4% were English, 5.5% were Swedish, and 3.2% were American.[14]

Of the 1,048 households, 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.0% were non-families, and 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.71. The median age was 50.3 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $43,684 and the median income for a family was $54,609. Males had a median income of $36,350 versus $26,164 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,203. About 8.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Bisbee
  • Cando (county seat)
  • Egeland
  • Hansboro
  • Perth
  • Rocklake
  • Sarles (mostly in Cavalier County[16])

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Agate
  • Maza
  • Olmstead

Townships[]

  • Armourdale
  • Atkins
  • Bethel
  • Cando
  • Coolin
  • Crocus
  • Dash
  • Gerrard
  • Grainfield
  • Howell
  • Lansing
  • Maza
  • Monroe
  • Mount View
  • New City
  • Olson
  • Paulson
  • Picton
  • Rock Lake
  • Sidney
  • Smith
  • Sorenson
  • Springfield
  • Teddy
  • Twin Hill
  • Victor
  • Virginia
  • Zion

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Towner County, North Dakota[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 830 70.70% 317 27.00% 27 2.30%
2016 733 63.35% 305 26.36% 119 10.29%
2012 623 52.71% 516 43.65% 43 3.64%
2008 536 44.78% 621 51.88% 40 3.34%
2004 754 54.21% 606 43.57% 31 2.23%
2000 694 58.37% 410 34.48% 85 7.15%
1996 542 39.08% 649 46.79% 196 14.13%
1992 600 34.15% 748 42.57% 409 23.28%
1988 946 48.91% 970 50.16% 18 0.93%
1984 1,242 60.15% 789 38.21% 34 1.65%
1980 1,375 64.89% 568 26.81% 176 8.31%
1976 993 44.45% 1,216 54.43% 25 1.12%
1972 1,349 58.02% 944 40.60% 32 1.38%
1968 1,109 49.84% 990 44.49% 126 5.66%
1964 788 32.60% 1,628 67.36% 1 0.04%
1960 1,410 52.16% 1,292 47.80% 1 0.04%
1956 1,391 54.25% 1,169 45.59% 4 0.16%
1952 1,960 69.23% 843 29.78% 28 0.99%
1948 1,145 49.76% 1,100 47.81% 56 2.43%
1944 1,097 47.99% 1,185 51.84% 4 0.17%
1940 1,630 50.29% 1,596 49.24% 15 0.46%
1936 720 22.40% 1,744 54.26% 750 23.34%
1932 765 25.51% 2,190 73.02% 44 1.47%
1928 1,588 54.23% 1,324 45.22% 16 0.55%
1924 1,173 47.66% 223 9.06% 1,065 43.28%
1920 2,192 79.33% 476 17.23% 95 3.44%
1916 665 43.69% 769 50.53% 88 5.78%
1912 352 26.39% 532 39.88% 450 33.73%
1908 867 54.19% 655 40.94% 78 4.88%
1904 1,022 67.24% 435 28.62% 63 4.14%
1900 805 61.97% 454 34.95% 40 3.08%
1896 303 42.74% 394 55.57% 12 1.69%
1892 166 43.68% 0 0.00% 214 56.32%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Towner County, North Dakota

References[]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Towner County, North Dakota" (in en). United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/townercountynorthdakota/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 Towner County ND Google Maps (accessed February 21, 2019)
  6. ^ ""Find an Altitude/Towner County ND" Google Maps (accessed February 21, 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. ^ "United States Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ 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/DPDP1/0500000US38095. 
  13. ^ "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.CY07/0500000US38095. 
  14. ^ "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/DP02/0500000US38095. 
  15. ^ "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/DP03/0500000US38095. 
  16. ^ 2007 Taxable Valuation Survey Script error: No such module "webarchive"., North Dakota League of Cities
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

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Coordinates: 48°41′N 99°15′W / 48.69, -99.25

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