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History and Facts of North Dakota Counties

North Dakota Counties – The Dakota Territory was created from Nebraska and unorganized territories on March 2, 1861. The Idaho Territory split off on March 4, 1863. Land was received from Idaho Territory on May 28, 1864. The Wyoming Territory split off on July 25, 1868.

The State of North Dakota entered the union as the 39th state on November 2, 1889. North Dakota borders MinnesotaMontanaSouth Dakota and Canada. North Dakota has 53 Counties.

In 1867 the first North Dakota county was Pembina Countyand the last county to be formed was Grant County in 1916.

List of North Dakota Counties

North Dakota is divided into 53 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct North Dakota Counties

North Dakota has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below North Dakota counties no longer exist:

?? County, North Dakota

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Allred County – In 1896 Allred became a part of Billings; in 1901 Allred was re-created from Billings County; in 1903 it was attached to Williams County; and in 1905 it was abolished when it became part of McKenzie County.
  • Buffalo County was created in 1864 and organized in 1871. In 1873 Buffalo lost land to twenty-five counties in Dakota territory; in 1889 Buffalo became a county in the newly created state of South Dakota.
  • Buford County was created in 1883. In 1891 Buford was attached to Ward County; in 1892 it was abolished and became part of Williams County.
  • Burbank County was created in 1873, renamed to Barnes County in 1875
  • French County was created in 1873 from Buffalo County; renamed De Smet County in 1875, eliminated in 1875.
  • Dunn County (old) was created in 1883 from Howard Co and became part of Stark Co, 1896
  • Flannery County was created in 1883 from Wallette Co . In 1891 Flannery was attached to Ward Co; in 1892 it was abolished and became
    part of Williams Co.
  • Gringras County was created in 1873 from Buffalo County and renamed Wells County in 1881
  • Howard County was created in 1873 from unorganized area; abolished 1883; became part of Allred, Dunn, McKenzie and Wallace Counties
  • McKenzie County (old) was created in 1883 from Howard County; abolished 1896; became part of Billings County in 1897
  • Pembina County, Minnesota Territory (1849-1858, reconstituted as Pembina County, Dakota Territory in 1861, eventually reduced to present-day Pembina County, North Dakota.)
  • Renville County (old) was created in 1873 from Buffalo County; attached to Ward, 1891; abolished 1892; became part of Bottineau and Ward Counties
  • Sheridan County (old) was created in 1873 from Buffalo County; abolished 1892; became part of McLean County
  • Stevens County was created in 1873 from Buffalo County; The original Stevens County was created in 1862 from unorganized land but was abolished in 1863. This Stevens County was attached to Ward in 1891 and was abolished in 1892 when it became part of McLean and Ward Counties.
  • Wallace County was created in 1883 from Howard County; In 1896 Wallace was abolished and became part of Billings and Stark; in 1901 it was re-created from Billings and Stark but remained attached to Stark; in 1905 it was abolished again and became part of McKenzie County.
  • Wallette County was created in 1873 from Buffalo County; abolished 1883; became part of Buford and Flannery Counties
  • Wynn County was created in 1883 from Bottineau County and Renville County (old); was eliminated in 1887.
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Map of North Dakota County Boundary Changes from 1812 to 1916

This Interactive Map of North Dakota Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of North Dakota from 1812-1916.

Fun Facts about North Dakota Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,
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Counties by Year

In 1867 the first North Dakota county was Pembina Countyand the last county to be formed was Grant County in 1916.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.
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Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in North Dakota.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in North Dakota.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in North Dakota.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in North Dakota.

Facts for North Dakota Counties and Cities

North Dakota’s 53 largest cities (2053) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, West Fargo, Mandan, Dickinson, Jamestown, Williston and Wahpeton