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Burke County, North Dakota

Burke County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Burke 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 July 15, 1910
Named for John Burke
Seat Bowbells
Largest city Bowbells
 • Total 1,129 sq mi (2,924 km2)
 • Land 1,104 sq mi (2,859 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 2.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 2,245
 • Density 1.8/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.burkecountyndwww

Burke County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,968.[1] Its county seat is Bowbells.[2] The county was created in 1910.[3][4] It is south from the Canadian border of Saskatchewan.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties and rural municipalities 2.2
    • National protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Townships 5.2
    • Census-designated place 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7


Burke County was partitioned in 1910 from what was once known as 'Imperial Ward' County (which covered present-day Burke,

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County History". North The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 


See also

Unincorporated communities

Census-designated place

  • Battleview
  • Bowbells
  • Carter
  • Clayton
  • Cleary
  • Colville
  • Dale
  • Dimond
  • Fay
  • Foothills
  • Forthun
  • Garness
  • Harmonious
  • Kandiyohi
  • Keller
  • Lakeview
  • Leaf Mountain
  • Lucy
  • Minnesota
  • North Star
  • Portal
  • Richland
  • Roseland
  • Short Creek
  • Soo
  • Thorson
  • Vale
  • Vanville
  • Ward




The main industries are farming and oil. Burke County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin.


The median income for a household in the county was $25,330, and the median income for a family was $31,384. Males had a median income of $28,164 versus $16,382 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,026. About 11.70% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

The county's population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 3.50% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 25.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.80 males.

There were 1,013 households out of which 23.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 31.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.77.

As of the 2000 census, there were 2,242 people, 1,013 households, and 680 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.0 people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 1,412 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.24% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.4% were of Norwegian, 18.4% German and 7.4% Swedish ancestry.


National protected areas

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

Major highways

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,129 square miles (2,920 km2), of which 1,104 square miles (2,860 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (2.2%) is water.[6]



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