LaMoure County
LaMoure County Courthouse in LaMoure
Map of North Dakota highlighting LaMoure County
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 46°28′N 98°32′W / 46.47°N 98.53°W / 46.47; -98.53
Country United States
State North Dakota
FoundedJanuary 4, 1873 (created)
October 27, 1881 (organized)
Named forJudson LaMoure
SeatLaMoure
Largest cityLaMoure
Area
 • Total1,151 sq mi (2,980 km2)
 • Land1,146 sq mi (2,970 km2)
 • Water4.9 sq mi (13 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,093
 • Estimate 
(2021)
4,066
 • Density3.6/sq mi (1.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.lamourecountynd.com

LaMoure County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,093.[1] Its county seat is LaMoure.[2]

History

The Dakota Territory legislature created the county on January 4, 1873, with Grand Rapids as the county seat. However, the county organization was not completed at that time, nor was the county attached to another county for administrative and judicial purposes. It was named for Judson LaMoure,[3] a member of the territorial/state legislature from 1872 to 1918.[4]

The county organization was effected on October 27, 1881. Its boundaries were altered in February 1881 and in March 1883. It has retained its present boundary since that time.[5] The present county seat, LaMoure, was founded in 1882, and the county seat was transferred to that community soon after.[6]

Outline map of LaMoure County, North Dakota, 1913
Outline map of LaMoure County, North Dakota, 1913

Geography

The James River flows southeasterly through the central portion of LaMoure County, and a tributary of the South Branch Maple River flows southerly from the center of the county. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, mostly devoted to agriculture.[7] The terrain slopes to the south and east; its highest point is on its upper west boundary line at 2,047' (624m) ASL.[8] The county has a total area of 1,151 square miles (2,980 km2), of which 1,146 square miles (2,970 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (0.4%) is water.[9]

LaMoure County hosts a Navy transmitter, the Naval Radio Transmitter Facility LaMoure.

Major highways

Airports

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Lakes

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
188020
18903,18715,835.0%
19006,04889.8%
191010,72477.3%
192011,5647.8%
193011,517−0.4%
194010,298−10.6%
19509,498−7.8%
19608,705−8.3%
19707,117−18.2%
19806,473−9.0%
19905,383−16.8%
20004,701−12.7%
20104,139−12.0%
20204,093−1.1%
2021 (est.)4,066−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 4,701 people, 1,942 households, and 1,308 families in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km2). There were 2,271 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.23% White, 0.02% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.7% were of German, 22.8% Norwegian and 5.5% Swedish ancestry.

There were 1,942 households, out of which 27.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 4.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 24.20% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 23.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 102.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,707, and the median income for a family was $36,495. Males had a median income of $26,351 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,059. 14.70% of the population and 12.30% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.30% are under the age of 18 and 12.90% are 65 or older.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 4,139 people, 1,825 households, and 1,182 families in the county.[14] The population density was 3.61/sqmi (1.39/km2). There were 2,238 housing units at an average density of 1.95/sqmi (0.75/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 98.5% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 63.0% were German, 27.6% were Norwegian, 6.2% were Swedish, 6.1% were Russian, 6.0% were English, and 2.8% were American.[16]

Of the 1,825 households, 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.2% were non-families, and 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 49.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $46,098 and the median income for a family was $60,932. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $25,172 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,056. About 6.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Ghost town

U.S. Navy ships

The United States Navy commissioned two tank landing ships named for the county. The first, USS La Moure County (LST-883), was commissioned January 23, 1945, and served until December 7, 1959. The second, USS La Moure County (LST-1194), was commissioned December 1, 1971 and served until November 17, 2000.

Politics

LaMoure County voters are traditionally Republican. In only one national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2020).

United States presidential election results for LaMoure County, North Dakota[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,645 74.13% 527 23.75% 47 2.12%
2016 1,481 68.85% 502 23.34% 168 7.81%
2012 1,377 62.76% 740 33.73% 77 3.51%
2008 1,310 58.46% 868 38.73% 63 2.81%
2004 1,592 68.18% 712 30.49% 31 1.33%
2000 1,590 64.42% 689 27.92% 189 7.66%
1996 1,220 51.15% 880 36.90% 285 11.95%
1992 1,270 45.96% 797 28.85% 696 25.19%
1988 1,642 56.60% 1,223 42.16% 36 1.24%
1984 1,978 63.64% 1,086 34.94% 44 1.42%
1980 2,136 64.88% 850 25.82% 306 9.30%
1976 1,735 49.04% 1,718 48.56% 85 2.40%
1972 2,110 59.62% 1,399 39.53% 30 0.85%
1968 2,008 57.90% 1,269 36.59% 191 5.51%
1964 1,604 42.72% 2,145 57.12% 6 0.16%
1960 2,511 61.39% 1,575 38.51% 4 0.10%
1956 2,433 58.85% 1,694 40.98% 7 0.17%
1952 3,202 73.12% 1,145 26.15% 32 0.73%
1948 1,999 53.91% 1,481 39.94% 228 6.15%
1944 2,298 61.25% 1,422 37.90% 32 0.85%
1940 2,943 63.70% 1,637 35.43% 40 0.87%
1936 1,614 33.13% 2,412 49.52% 845 17.35%
1932 1,134 24.74% 3,310 72.22% 139 3.03%
1928 2,245 55.00% 1,800 44.10% 37 0.91%
1924 1,647 43.23% 221 5.80% 1,942 50.97%
1920 2,991 77.59% 645 16.73% 219 5.68%
1916 1,045 47.59% 990 45.08% 161 7.33%
1912 436 28.63% 588 38.61% 499 32.76%
1908 1,104 64.75% 553 32.43% 48 2.82%
1904 860 77.13% 195 17.49% 60 5.38%
1900 597 58.41% 405 39.63% 20 1.96%


See also

References

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: LaMoure County, North Dakota". www.census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. US Govt Printing Office. p. 180.
  4. ^ A Profile of Jud LaMoure (accessed February 21, 2019)
  5. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  6. ^ LaMoure County website (home page) accessed February 22, 2019
  7. ^ a b c LaMoure County ND Google Maps (accessed February 21, 2019)
  8. ^ ""Find an Altitude/LaMoure County ND" Google Maps (accessed February 21, 2019)". Archived from the original on May 21, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "United States Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

Coordinates: 46°28′N 98°32′W / 46.47°N 98.53°W / 46.47; -98.53