List of counties in North Dakota

This is a list of counties in North Dakota. There are 53 counties in the U.S. state of North Dakota.

Counties of North Dakota
LocationState of North Dakota
Populations727 (Slope) – 149,778 (Cass)
Areas632 square miles (1,640 km2) (Eddy) – 2,742 square miles (7,100 km2) (McKenzie)
GovernmentCounty government
Subdivisionscities, towns, townships, unincorporated communities, indian reservations, census designated place

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry.[1] North Dakota's code is 38, which when combined with any county code would be written as 38XXX. The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county.[2]


FIPS code[2] County seat[3] Est.[3] Etymology[4] Population[3][5] Area[3][5] Map
Adams County 001 Hettinger1885John Quincy Adams, a railroad agent and cousin of the former president who was instrumental in having the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway built through North Dakota 2,343 988 sq mi
(2,559 km2)
Barnes County 003 Valley City1875Dakota Territory judge Alanson H. Barnes 11,066 1,492 sq mi
(3,864 km2)
Benson County 005 Minnewaukan1883Dakota territorial legislator Bertil W. Benson 6,660 1,389 sq mi
(3,597 km2)
Billings County 007 Medora1879Frederick H. Billings (1823–1890), who was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad 783 1,152 sq mi
(2,984 km2)
Bottineau County 009 Bottineau1873Named for frontiersman Pierre Bottineau 6,429 1,669 sq mi
(4,323 km2)
Bowman County 011 Bowman1883Dakota territorial legislator Edward M. Bowman 3,151 1,162 sq mi
(3,010 km2)
Burke County 013 Bowbells1910John Burke, tenth Governor of North Dakota 1,968 1,104 sq mi
(2,859 km2)
Burleigh County 015 Bismarck1873Walter A. Burleigh (1820–1896), territorial delegate to Congress 81,308 1,633 sq mi
(4,229 km2)
Cass County 017 Fargo1873George Washington Cass (1810–1888), who was the president of the Northern Pacific Railroad 149,778 1,766 sq mi
(4,574 km2)
Cavalier County 019 Langdon1873Charles Cavalier, French fur trapper and one of the area's original settlers 3,993 1,489 sq mi
(3,856 km2)
Dickey County 021 Ellendale1881Dakota territorial legislator George H. Dickey 5,289 1,131 sq mi
(2,929 km2)
Divide County 023 Crosby1910Named because it was created upon the division of Williams County 2,071 1,259 sq mi
(3,261 km2)
Dunn County 025 Manning1883John P. Dunn, an early civic leader of Bismarck, who opened the first drugstore in North Dakota 3,536 2,010 sq mi
(5,206 km2)
Eddy County 027 New Rockford1885Ezra B. Eddy, a Fargo banker and one of the territory's wealthiest citizens 2,385 632 sq mi
(1,637 km2)
Emmons County 029 Linton1879James Emmons, an early entrepreneur and businessman who operated the first steamboat across the Missouri River in Bismarck 3,550 1,510 sq mi
(3,911 km2)
Foster County 031 Carrington1873Either James S. Foster and George I. Foster, brother, and prominent farmers during the territorial days 3,343 635 sq mi
(1,645 km2)
Golden Valley County 033 Beach1912Named for either promotional reasons or for the Golden Valley Land and Cattle Company 1,680 1,002 sq mi
(2,595 km2)
Grand Forks County 035 Grand Forks1873Named for Grand Forks, North Dakota, which in turn was named for its location at the intersection of the Red Lake River and the Red River of the North 66,861 1,438 sq mi
(3,724 km2)
Grant County 037 Carson1916Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), eighteenth U.S. President 2,394 1,660 sq mi
(4,299 km2)
Griggs County 039 Cooperstown1881Alexander Griggs, a steamboat captain and founder of Grand Forks, North Dakota 2,420 708 sq mi
(1,834 km2)
Hettinger County 041 Mott1883Mathias K. Hettinger, the father-in-law of Erastus A. Williams, the North Dakota Speaker of the House during that session 2,477 1,132 sq mi
(2,932 km2)
Kidder County 043 Steele1873Jefferson Parrish Kidder, territorial delegate to the 44th Congress and 45th Congresses 2,435 1,352 sq mi
(3,502 km2)
LaMoure County 045 LaMoure1873Dakota territorial legislator and North Dakota state legislator Judson LaMoure 4,139 1,147 sq mi
(2,971 km2)
Logan County 047 Napoleon1873Illinois U.S. Senator John A. Logan (1826–1886) 1,990 993 sq mi
(2,572 km2)
McHenry County 049 Towner1873James McHenry, one of the area's original settlers 5,395 1,874 sq mi
(4,854 km2)
McIntosh County 051 Ashley1883Edward H. McIntosh, a member of the Territorial Legislature 2,809 975 sq mi
(2,525 km2)
McKenzie County 053 Watford City1905Alexander McKenzie, party boss known in the state as "the senator-maker" 6,360 2,742 sq mi
(7,102 km2)
McLean County 055 Washburn1883John A. McLean, first mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota 8,962 2,110 sq mi
(5,465 km2)
Mercer County 057 Stanton1875William Henry Harrison Mercer, an early settler 8,424 1,045 sq mi
(2,707 km2)
Morton County 059 Mandan1873Governor of Indiana Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton 27,471 1,926 sq mi
(4,988 km2)
Mountrail County 061 Stanley1873Joseph Mountraille, Metis voyageur and early explorer 7,673 1,824 sq mi
(4,724 km2)
Nelson County 063 Lakota1883Dakota territorial legislator Nelson E. Nelson 3,126 982 sq mi
(2,543 km2)
Oliver County 065 Center1885Dakota territorial legislator Harry S. Oliver 1,846 724 sq mi
(1,875 km2)
Pembina County 067 Cavalier1867Named for the high-bush cranberries which grew wild in the area. Pembina may be from an Ojibwa phrase, anepeminan sipi, referring to the berries, as they grew in abundance around the Redberry River; it may also be from an Ojibwa word meaning meeting place. The name originally applied to the old Pembina Territory 7,413 1,119 sq mi
(2,898 km2)
Pierce County 069 Rugby1887Gilbert Ashville Pierce, a Governor of Dakota Territory and later a U.S. Senator from North Dakota 4,357 1,018 sq mi
(2,637 km2)
Ramsey County 071 Devils Lake1873Minnesota U.S. Senator Alexander Ramsey 11,451 1,186 sq mi
(3,072 km2)
Ransom County 073 Lisbon1873Named for locally situated Fort Ransom 5,457 863 sq mi
(2,235 km2)
Renville County 075 Mohall1873Joseph Renville, missionary and interpreter for Dakota Native Americans 2,470 875 sq mi
(2,266 km2)
Richland County 077 Wahpeton1873Morgan T. Rich, early settler 16,321 1,437 sq mi
(3,722 km2)
Rolette County 079 Rolla1873Joseph Rolette, Jr. (1820–1871), a prominent fur trapper and local political organizer 13,937 902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
Sargent County 081 Forman1883Homer E. Sargent, a general manager of the Northern Pacific Railroad 3,829 859 sq mi
(2,225 km2)
Sheridan County 083 McClusky1873American Civil War officer Philip Henry Sheridan (1831–1888) 1,321 972 sq mi
(2,517 km2)
Sioux County 085 Fort Yates1915The Native American Sioux people 4,153 1,094 sq mi
(2,833 km2)
Slope County 087 Amidon1915Topographical feature within the county known as the Missouri Slope 727 1,218 sq mi
(3,155 km2)
Stark County 089 Dickinson1879George Stark, a vice president of the Northern Pacific Railroad 24,199 1,338 sq mi
(3,465 km2)
Steele County 091 Finley1883Edward H. Steele, secretary-treasurer of the Red River Land Company 1,975 712 sq mi
(1,844 km2)
Stutsman County 093 Jamestown1873Dakota Territorial Legislator Enos Stutsman 21,100 2,222 sq mi
(5,755 km2)
Towner County 095 Cando1883Dakota territorial legislator Oscar M. Towner 2,246 1,025 sq mi
(2,655 km2)
Traill County 097 Hillsboro1875Walter John Strickland Traill, early settler 8,121 862 sq mi
(2,233 km2)
Walsh County 099 Grafton1881George H. Walsh, early settler and one of the founders of the University of North Dakota 11,119 1,282 sq mi
(3,320 km2)
Ward County 101 Minot1888Dakota territorial legislator Mark Ward (1844–1902) 61,675 2,013 sq mi
(5,214 km2)
Wells County 103 Fessenden1873Dakota territorial legislator Edward Payson Wells 4,207 1,271 sq mi
(3,292 km2)
Williams County 105 Williston1890Dakota territorial legislator Erastus Appelman Williams 22,398 2,071 sq mi
(5,364 km2)

See also


  1. "FIPS Publish 6-4". National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  2. "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  3. "NACo – Find a county". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  4. "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. "North Dakota QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. (2010 Census)
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