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Grafton, North Dakota

Grafton, North Dakota
City
Downtown Grafton
Downtown Grafton
Location of Grafton, North Dakota
Location of Grafton, North Dakota
Coordinates:
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Walsh
Founded 1881
Government
 • Mayor Chris West
Area[1]
 • Total 3.40 sq mi (8.81 km2)
 • Land 3.40 sq mi (8.81 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,284
 • Estimate (2014)[3] 4,268
 • Density 1,260.0/sq mi (486.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58237
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-31820
GNIS feature ID 1029194[4]
Highways US 81, ND 17
Website Grafton's city website

Grafton is a city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Walsh County.[5] As of the 2010 Census, the city of Grafton had a population of 4,284,[6] making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Grafton was founded in 1881.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Education 4
  • Library 5
  • Media 6
    • Local print and online news 6.1
    • Local radio 6.2
      • AM radio 6.2.1
      • FM radio 6.2.2
  • Sites of interest 7
  • Notable people 8
  • Notes 9
  • External links 10

History

Grafton State School in the early 1900s

Grafton had its start in the year 1881 by the building of the railroad through that territory.[7] Also in 1881, Walsh County was established and Grafton was designated the county seat.[8] The city was named for Grafton County, New Hampshire, the native home of a large share of its early settlers.[9]

The Grafton State School, a home for the developmentally disabled, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]

Geography

Grafton is located at (48.416082, −97.410633).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.40 square miles (8.81 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,284 people, 1,776 households, and 1,073 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,260.0 inhabitants per square mile (486.5/km2). There were 1,990 housing units at an average density of 585.3 per square mile (226.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.2% White, 0.4% African American, 2.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.1% of the population.

There were 1,776 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 42.5 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,516 people, 1,804 households, and 1,143 families residing in the city. The population density was 506.9/km2 (1,312.2/mi2). There were 2,005 housing units at an average density of 225.0/km2 (582.6/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.67% White, 0.58% African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 4.69% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.57% of the population, making Grafton the city with the highest percentage of Hispanics in North Dakota.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are Norwegian (39.4%), German (19.8%), French (8.9%), Polish (8.7%), Czech (8.3%), Irish (7.4%).

There were 1,804 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

Education

The city of Grafton is served by the Grafton Public Schools system. The system includes Century Elementary School (grades K–4), Central Middle School (grades 5–8), and Grafton High School (grades 9–12).

Library

Grafton's Carnegie Regional Library opened in 1897 and is North Dakota's first public library. Carnegie's collection contains 49,005 volumes and circulates 33,620 items per year. The library, including its 3 branches, serves a population of over 27,000 residents.

Media

Local print and online news

Local radio

AM radio

AM Radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1340 AM KXPO Expo Radio Full service/Country Simmons Broadcasting Inc. Grafton

FM radio

FM Radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
100.9 FM KAUJ Oldies 101 Oldies Simmons Broadcasting Inc. Grafton Grafton

Sites of interest

  • Walsh County Courthouse - The Walsh County Courthouse has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.
  • Centennial Center
  • Elmwood historic home [14]
  • Fair Oaks Golf Club – a nine-hole golf course located in Grafton
  • Grafton Winter Sports Arena – site of the former Winter Sports Arena, the first indoor hockey arena in North Dakota.

Notable people

Notes

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder.  
  7. ^ Lounsberry, Clement Augustus (1919). Early History of North Dakota: Essential Outlines of American History. Liberty Press. p. 534. 
  8. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 836. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^  
  10. ^ "North Dakota - Walsh County". nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ [2] Archived January 22, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Eriksmoen, Curt (2006). Did You Know That...?: 47 Fascinating Stories about People Who Have Lived in North Dakota. Vol.1.  

External links

  • City of Grafton official website
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