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North Dakota Counties
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North Dakota Counties

There are fifty-three counties in the state of North Dakota. Pembina County was created by the 1866-1867 Dakota territorial legislature, and was organized on August 12, 1867. The city of Pembina, the oldest European-American settlement in the state, was the county seat from 1867 to 1911. The seat was relocated to Cavalier.

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North Dakota Counties: History and Information

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North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern and Western regions and in the Great Plains of the United States of America. It is bordered on the west by Montana, on the east by Minnesota, on the south by South Dakota, and on the north by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. North Dakota, the 39th state, was admitted to the Union in 1889.

North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area in the US; it is the 48th most populous, with just over 640,000 residents as of 2006. North Dakota was carved out of the northern half of the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 39th state on November 2, 1889. The year 2005 marked the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition which began in Illinois and passed through North Dakota on the way to the Pacific Northwest, with help from a Shoshone Indian girl, Sakakawea, as their guide. North Dakota's 53 counties cover approximately 70,655 square miles (183,000 square kilometers).

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County 2000
Population
Square
Miles
County Seat Created
Adams County 2,593 988 Hettinger 1885
Barnes County 11,775 1,492 Valley City 1875
Benson County 6,964 1,389 Minnewaukan 1883
Billings County 888 1,152 Medora 1879
Bottineau County 7,149 1,669 Bottineau 1873
Bowman County 3,242 1,162 Bowman 1883
Burke County 2,242 1,104 Bowbells 1910
Burleigh County 69,416 1,633 Bismarck 1873
Cass County 123,138 1,766 Fargo 1873
Cavalier County 4,831 1,489 Langdon 1873
Dickey County 5,757 1,131 Ellendale 1881
Divide County 2,283 1,259 Crosby 1910
Dunn County 3,600 2,010 Manning 1883
Eddy County 2,757 632 New Rockford 1885
Emmons County 4,331 1,510 Linton 1879
Foster County 3,759 635 Carrington 1873
Golden Valley County 1,924 1,002 Beach 1912
Grand Forks County 66,109 1,438 Grand Forks 1873
Grant County 2,841 1,660 Carson 1916
Griggs County 2,754 708 Cooperstown 1881
Hettinger County 2,715 1,132 Mott 1883
Kidder County 2,753 1,352 Steele 1873
LaMoure County 4,701 1,147 La Moure 1873
Logan County 2,308 993 Napoleon 1873
McHenry County 5,987 1,874 Towner 1873
McIntosh County 3,390 975 Ashley 1883
McKenzie County 5,737 2,742 Watford City 1905
McLean County 9,311 2,110 Washburn 1883
Mercer County 8,644 1,045 Stanton 1875
Morton County 25,303 1,926 Mandan 1873
Mountrail County 6,631 1,824 Stanley 1873
Nelson County 3,715 982 Lakota 1883
Oliver County 2,065 724 Center 1885
Pembina County 8,585 1,119 Cavalier 1867
Pierce County 4,675 1,018 Rugby 1887
Ramsey County 12,066 1,186 Devils Lake 1873
Ransom County 5,890 863 Lisbon 1873
Renville County 2,610 875 Mohall 1873
Richland County 17,998 1,437 Wahpeton 1873
Rolette County 13,674 902 Rolla 1873
Sargent County 4,366 859 Forman 1883
Sheridan County 1,710 972 McClusky 1873
Sioux County 4,044 1,094 Fort Yates 1915
Slope County 767 1,218 Amidon 1915
Stark County 22,636 1,338 Dickinson 1879
Steele County 2,258 712 Finley 1883
Stutsman County 21,908 2,222 Jamestown 1873
Towner County 2,876 1,025 Cando 1883
Traill County 8,477 862 Hillsboro 1875
Walsh County 12,389 1,282 Grafton 1881
Ward County 58,795 2,013 Minot 1885
Wells County 5,102 1,271 Fessenden 1873
Williams County 19,761 2,071 Williston 1890
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