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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.

Grand Forks County, North Dakota

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Grand Forks County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 66,861, making it the third-most populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat and largest community is Grand Forks. The county was created in 1873 and later organized in 1875.

Grand Forks County is included in the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Grand Forks County Name

Named for its location at the junction of the Red Lake River with the Red River of the North.


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Grand Forks County History

Created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named for the then-village of Grand Forks, which itself was named for its location at the junction of the Red Lake River with the Red River of the North. Government organized: Commissioners were designated in July 1873 but organization was not completed until March 2, 1875. County Seat: Grand Forks, 1875-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,436 square miles (3,720 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Walsh County (north)
  • Marshall County, Minnesota (northeast)
  • Polk County, Minnesota (east)
  • Traill County (southeast)
  • Steele County (southwest)
  • Nelson County (west)


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