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Towner County, North Dakota
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 1883
Seat Cando
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,042 sq mi (2,699 km²)
1,025 sq mi (2,655 km²)
17 sq mi (44 km²), 1.63%
 - (2000)
 - Density

3/sq mi (1/km²)

Towner County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 2,876. Its county seat is Cando6. The city of Towner is in McHenry County.


The county was founded in 1883 by territorial legislation (predating statehood). It was named after Oscar M. Towner (b. 1842, d. 1897). He was a member of the United States House of Representatives. After founding, the county government was fully organized on January 24, 1884.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,698 km² (1,042 sq mi). 2,654 km² (1,025 sq mi) of it is land and 44 km² (17 sq mi) of it (1.63%) is water.


  • 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

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 2,876 people, 1,218 households, and 785 families residing in the county. The population density was 1/km² (3/sq mi). There were 1,558 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). 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.

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.

In the county the population was spread out with 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.



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


External links[]

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

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