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Wells County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Wells 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 information needed
Seat Fessenden
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,291 sq mi (3,344 km²)
1,271 sq mi (3,292 km²)
19 sq mi (49 km²), 1.50%
 - (2000)
 - Density

5/sq mi (2/km²)

Wells County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 5,102. Its county seat is Fessenden6. The center of population of North Dakota is located in Wells County, in the city of Cathay [1].


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,343 km² (1,291 sq mi). 3,293 km² (1,271 sq mi) of it is land and 50 km² (19 sq mi) of it (1.50%) is water.


  • Berlin
  • Bilodeau
  • Bremen
  • Bull Moose
  • Cathay
  • Chaseley
  • Crystal Lake
  • Delger
  • Fairville
  • Forward
  • Fram
  • Germantown
  • Haaland
  • Hamburg
  • Hawksnest
  • Heimdal
  • Hillsdale
  • Johnson
  • Lynn
  • Manfred
  • Norway Lake
  • Oshkosh
  • Pony Gulch
  • Progress
  • Rusland
  • Saint Anna
  • Silver Lake
  • South Cottonwood
  • Speedwell
  • Sykeston
  • Valhalla
  • Wells
  • West Norway
  • West Ontario
  • Western
  • Woodward

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,102 people, 2,215 households, and 1,453 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (4/sq mi). There were 2,643 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 99.12% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,215 households out of which 25.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 4.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 32.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 26.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,894, and the median income for a family was $39,284. Males had a median income of $27,277 versus $16,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,932. About 10.30% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 17.90% of those age 65 or over.



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

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Coordinates: 47°35′N 99°40′W / 47.58, -99.67

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