Cavalier, North Dakota
Cavalier Cinema.jpg
Motto(s): 
"Four Seasons Many Reasons"
Location of Cavalier, North Dakota
Location of Cavalier, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°47′43″N 97°37′24″W / 48.79528°N 97.62333°W / 48.79528; -97.62333Coordinates: 48°47′43″N 97°37′24″W / 48.79528°N 97.62333°W / 48.79528; -97.62333
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
CountyPembina
Government
 • MayorLacey Hinkle
Area
 • Total0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Land0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
886 ft (270 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,246
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,238
 • Density1,437.86/sq mi (554.87/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58220
Area code(s)701
FIPS code38-12940
GNIS feature ID1028302[3]
HighwaysND 5, ND 18
Websitewww.cavaliernd.com

Cavalier is the largest city in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Pembina County.[4] The population was 1,246 at the 2020 census.[5] Cavalier was founded in 1875 and became the county seat in 1911.

Although they bear the same name, Cavalier is not located in nearby Cavalier County. The Tongue River flows past Cavalier and Cavalier Air Force Station is located near the city.

History

Cavalier Air Force Station
Cavalier Air Force Station

Cavalier was laid out in 1875 on open land.[6] The city was named for Charles Cavileer, an early settler in Pembina County (a recording error accounts for the error in spelling, which was never corrected).[7] A post office has been in operation at Cavalier since 1877.[8] Cavalier was incorporated in 1902.[9]

In the early 1970s, the city of Cavalier's population quadrupled in size due to the U.S.' anti ballistic missile program. This was in preparation of a nuclear attack on the U.S. during the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Geography and climate

Cavalier is located at 48°47′43″N 97°37′24″W / 48.79528°N 97.62333°W / 48.79528; -97.62333 (48.795416, -97.623259).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all land.[11]

Cavalier has a warm-summer humid continental climate (Koppen: Dwb). Summers are warm, sometimes hot, while winters are very cold, sometimes severely cold. Precipitation is mostly confined to late spring into early fall and peaks in June. Winter is very dry with little precipitation, almost always in the form of snow.[12]

Climate data for Cavalier 7NW, North Dakota (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1934–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 52
(11)
61
(16)
78
(26)
97
(36)
98
(37)
105
(41)
110
(43)
103
(39)
103
(39)
93
(34)
75
(24)
63
(17)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 13.2
(−10.4)
18.0
(−7.8)
30.7
(−0.7)
49.3
(9.6)
64.5
(18.1)
73.6
(23.1)
77.5
(25.3)
77.4
(25.2)
68.2
(20.1)
51.8
(11.0)
33.6
(0.9)
19.5
(−6.9)
48.1
(8.9)
Daily mean °F (°C) 4.4
(−15.3)
8.5
(−13.1)
22.1
(−5.5)
38.9
(3.8)
52.7
(11.5)
63.2
(17.3)
67.1
(19.5)
65.5
(18.6)
56.5
(13.6)
42.1
(5.6)
25.5
(−3.6)
11.4
(−11.4)
38.2
(3.4)
Average low °F (°C) −4.3
(−20.2)
−1.0
(−18.3)
13.4
(−10.3)
28.5
(−1.9)
40.9
(4.9)
52.7
(11.5)
56.6
(13.7)
53.5
(11.9)
44.7
(7.1)
32.3
(0.2)
17.3
(−8.2)
3.3
(−15.9)
28.2
(−2.1)
Record low °F (°C) −41
(−41)
−41
(−41)
−31
(−35)
−10
(−23)
9
(−13)
28
(−2)
35
(2)
24
(−4)
19
(−7)
−2
(−19)
−33
(−36)
−37
(−38)
−41
(−41)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.34
(8.6)
0.71
(18)
1.11
(28)
2.87
(73)
3.77
(96)
3.44
(87)
2.25
(57)
2.31
(59)
1.66
(42)
0.72
(18)
0.50
(13)
20.02
(509)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 7.4
(19)
4.6
(12)
5.7
(14)
3.4
(8.6)
0.9
(2.3)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
2.5
(6.4)
5.9
(15)
8.7
(22)
39.1
(99)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 5.0 4.1 4.7 5.2 10.3 12.0 10.5 8.5 8.0 7.0 4.8 5.8 85.9
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 5.2 3.9 3.5 1.8 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 3.2 5.9 24.7
Source: NOAA[13][14]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900671
1910652−2.8%
192081925.6%
19308503.8%
19401,10530.0%
19501,45932.0%
19601,423−2.5%
19701,381−3.0%
19801,5059.0%
19901,5080.2%
20001,5371.9%
20101,302−15.3%
2019 (est.)1,238[2]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
2018 Estimate[16]

2010 census

At the 2010 census,[17] there were 1,302 people, 641 households and 333 families living in the city. The population density was 1,587.8 inhabitants per square mile (613.1/km2). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 881.7 per square mile (340.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 2.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 641 households, of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.0% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the city was 47.3 years. 18.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 1,537 people, 679 households and 399 families living in the city. The population density was 1,938.1 per square mile (751.2/km2). There were 750 housing units at an average density of 945.7 per square mile (366.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.27% White, 0.46% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 2.08% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.29% of the population.

There were 679 households, of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.92.

22.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median household income was $35,667 and the median family income was $48,450. Males had a median income of $30,313 compared with $21,548 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,586. About 7.8% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Based on data from the 2000 Census, 6.8% of Cavalier's population is of Icelandic ancestry, making Cavalier the city with the highest proportion of Icelandic residents in the United States.[18]

Sites of interest

Lake Renwick
Lake Renwick

Events

Notable people

Media

The Cavalier Chronicle, a weekly news publication which began operation in 1885, is the oldest business in Cavalier. It is the official newspaper of Pembina County.

Education

Cavalier Public School

The city of Cavalier is served by Cavalier Public School (K-12). The 2017-18 K-12 fall enrollment was 411. The school's athletic teams are known as the Tornadoes. Team colors are orange and black.

High school championships

From 2002 to 2005, the Cavalier Tornadoes football team, led by coach Rod Oksendahl (1978–2005), had a 47-game winning streak, the second longest winning streak in North Dakota high school football history. The streak ended when the Tornadoes lost to the Velva-Sawyer Aggies in the 2005 State Class 'A' championship game.

Notes

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State. WPA. p. 233. ISBN 978-1-62376-033-5.
  7. ^ "Charles Cavileer was first in many things".
  8. ^ "Pembina County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on November 22, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (February 14, 2006). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 834. ISBN 1-135-94859-3.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Team, National Weather Service Corporate Image Web. "National Weather Service Climate". w2.weather.gov. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  13. ^ "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  14. ^ "Station: Cavalier 7NW, ND". U.S. Climate Normals 2020: U.S. Monthly Climate Normals (1991-2020). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  15. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  16. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  18. ^ "Icelander Ancestry By City". ePodunk. October 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  19. ^ "Cavalier Cinema".