Barnes County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population is 11,775. Its county seat is Valley City6.
The Dakota Territory's legislature authorized a Burbank County (named for governor John. A. Burbank) in 1872. But in 1874 they renamed it Barnes County in honor of Judge Alanson H. Barnes (1818-1890) who was an associate justice of the Territorial Court. It was finally organized in a meeting at Valley City on January 6, 1879.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,919 km˛ (1,513 mi˛). 3,863 km˛ (1,492 mi˛) of it is land and 56 km˛ (22 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 1.43% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 11,775 people, 4,884 households, and 3,115 families residing in the county. The population density is 3/km˛ (8/mi˛). There are 5,599 housing units at an average density of 1/km˛ (4/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 97.91% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 4,884 households out of which 27.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% are married couples living together, 6.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.20% are non-families. 31.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.29 and the average family size is 2.89.
In the county the population is spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $31,166, and the median income for a family is $42,149. Males have a median income of $28,504 versus $18,447 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,566. 10.80% of the population and 6.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.90% of those under the age of 18 and 10.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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