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Steele County, North Dakota

Steele County, North Dakota
Steele County Courthouse in Finley
Map of North Dakota highlighting Steele County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded June 2, 1883
Seat Finley
Largest city Finley
 • Total 715 sq mi (1,852 km2)
 • Land 712 sq mi (1,844 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 1,955
 • Density 2.8/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.nd.steele.cowww

Steele County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,975.[1] It was established in 1883 by partition of Griggs and Traill counties, and named for businessman Edward H. Steele who was in large part responsible for its creation. Its county seat since 1919 is Finley.[2]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Unincorporated communities 3.2
    • Ghost town 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.[3] It is the second-largest county by land area in North Dakota and the third-largest by total area.

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,258 people, 923 households, and 635 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,231 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.32% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 0.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 60.7% were of Norwegian and 15.6% German ancestry.

There were 923 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,757, and the median income for a family was $43,914. Males had a median income of $30,104 versus $20,694 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,601. About 5.00% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 3.60% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


  • Beaver Creek
  • Broadlawn
  • Carpenter
  • Colgate
  • Easton
  • Edendale
  • Enger
  • Finley
  • Franklin
  • Golden Lake
  • Greenview
  • Hugo
  • Melrose
  • Newburgh
  • Primrose
  • Riverside
  • Sharon
  • Sherbrooke
  • Westfield
  • Willow Lake

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ghosts of North Dakota: Sherbrooke

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