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Benson County, North Dakota

Benson County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Benson County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded June 4, 1884
Seat Minnewaukan
Largest community Fort Totten
 • Total 1,439 sq mi (3,727 km2)
 • Land 1,389 sq mi (3,597 km2)
 • Water 51 sq mi (132 km2), 3.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 6,833
 • Density 4.8/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.bensoncountyndwww

Benson County is a

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See also

Other communities

Census-designated place




Population by decade

The median income for a household in the county was $26,688, and the median income for a family was $31,558. Males had a median income of $23,056 versus $17,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,509. About 24.40% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.90% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

In the county the population was spread out with 36.10% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.

There were 2,328 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 16.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.48.

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,964 people, 2,328 households, and 1,701 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,932 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was mostly White (50.85%) and Native American (48.05%). In addition, 0.10% are Black/African American, 0.01% are Asian, 0.01% are Pacific Islander, 0.16% are from other races, and 0.82% are from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.2% were of Norwegian and 14.8% German ancestry.


National protected areas

Major highways

Adjacent counties

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,439 square miles (3,730 km2), of which 1,389 square miles (3,600 km2) is land and 51 square miles (130 km2) (3.5%) is water.[5]



  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • National protected areas 1.3
  • Demographics 2
    • Population by decade 2.1
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Townships 3.2
    • Census-designated place 3.3
    • Other communities 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and much of the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation are located within the county.


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