Pierce County, North Dakota (ND)

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County population in 2012: 4,457 (65% urban, 35% rural); it was 4,675 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 586
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 795
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,436
Renter-occupied apartments: 454 (it was 528 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

35%

Land area: 1018 sq. mi.

Water area: 64.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 4 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Pierce County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (71.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 19%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 64%
  • Unpaid family work: 18%
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Races in Pierce County, North Dakota:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (93.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (3.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
North Dakota median age:  37.0 years
Males: 2,179  (52.7%)
Females: 2,178  (47.3%)
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Pierce County,ND real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Pierce County:

2.0 people
North Dakota:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,588 ($26,524 in 1999)

This county:

$44588
North Dakota:

$55759

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $399 (lower quartile is $287, upper quartile is $700)
This county:

$399
State:

$622


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $97,536 (it was $53,900 in 2000)
Pierce:

$97,536
North Dakota:

$155,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $57,687 - $143,464
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $979
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $400

Institutionalized population: 261

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Pierce County, ND map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $195,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $150,000

Presidential Elections Results

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2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,113 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,269 (1.4%)

Pierce County household income distribution in 2009 Pierce County home values distribution Pierce County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.3%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 81.0% for American Indian residents, 59.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.2%
Pierce County:

14.2%
North Dakota:

11.8%
(10.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.7% for American Indian residents, 79.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 50 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 59 years old, American Indian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 37 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pierce County is $399 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $496 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $698 a month.

Cities in this county include: Rugby, Balta, Wolford, Selz, Orrin, Barton.

Pierce County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Churches in Pierce County include: Tunbridge Church (A), Hurricane Lake Church (B), Marker Church (C), Zion Church (D), Bethel Church (E), Eden Valley Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mount Carmel Cemetery (1), Reform Cemetery (2), Saint Mathis Cemetery (3), Zion Cemetery (4), Trinity Cemetery (5), Saint Anthony Cemetery (6), Strasburg Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Hurricane Lake (A), Horseshoe Lake (B), Grass Lake (C), Long Lake (D), Twin Lakes (E), Lesmeister Lake (F), Goose Lake (G), Alkali Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Pierce County include: Meyer Township National Wildlife Refuge (1), Hurricane Lake National Wildlife Refuge (2), Juniata National Wildlife Refuge (3), Boyer National Wildlife Refuge (4), Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Benson County , Bottineau County , McHenry County , Rolette County , Sheridan County , Towner County , Wells County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.3%
North Dakota:

3.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 101
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 56 (66% naturalized citizens)

Pierce County:

1.2%
Whole state:

1.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 5
  • 1990 to 1994: 5
  • 1985 to 1989: 2
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 44

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 88.6%

Pierce County marital status for males Pierce County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Pierce County with a mortgage: 356 (11 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 561

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

58.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pierce County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,5623
Mainline Protestant1,3867
Evangelical Protestant4264
Other11
None982-
Pierce County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Pierce County:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Pierce County:

7.31 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

12.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.90 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pierce County:

8.7%
North Dakota:

7.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Pierce County:

26.7%
State:

27.6%

Agriculture in Pierce County:

Average size of farms: 1090 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $74,528
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $86.80
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 28.97%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $65,688
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 55.97%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $86,204
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.32%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.76
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.42%
Corn for grain: 4915 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 117405 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 9439 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Pierce County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Dakota state average. It is 9743078.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Pierce County-area historical earthquake activity is near North Dakota state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 568.2 miles away from Pierce County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 257.8 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 280.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 397.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 398.3 miles away from Pierce County center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 249.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Pierce County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 15, Storms: 9, Snows: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (39%)
  • Germany (29%)
  • Other Northern Europe (20%)
  • Philippines (9%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Pierce County (%):

  • German (48%)
  • Norwegian (33%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • United States or American (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • English (2%)
  • Swedish (2%)

Pierce County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,331 (65%)
  • Carpooled: 170 (8%)
  • Bicycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 181 (9%)
  • Other means: 3 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 347 (17%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Pierce County, North Dakota in 2000:

  • 87 people in nursing homes
  • 39 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 2 people in religious group quarters
130 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
130 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $49,753.

6.54% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,212 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.54%
North Dakota average:

7.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.46% relocated from other counties in North Dakota ($25,425 average AGI)
2.08% relocated from other states ($12,788 average AGI)
Pierce County:

2.08%
North Dakota average:

4.56%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Ward County, ND  1.16% ($24,900 average AGI)
from Cass County, ND  0.58% ($26,000)


5.56% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,663 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.56%
North Dakota average:

7.15%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.80% relocated to other counties in North Dakota ($22,379 average AGI)
1.76% relocated to other states ($16,284 average AGI)
Pierce County:

1.76%
North Dakota average:

3.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cass County, ND  0.82% ($21,714 average AGI)
to Burleigh County, ND  0.70% ($40,583)
to Rolette County, ND  0.59% ($31,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Births per 1000 population in Pierce County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Pierce County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pierce County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,023 (964 aged, 59 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 22.95
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 24787.7
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 4131.280
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 47785.17

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 885.570
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1305.060
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 23.3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43.26
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69.91

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,096

Size of family households: 644 2-persons, 188 3-persons, 163 4-persons, 101 5-persons, 29 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 630 1-person, 53 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 3 4-persons.

902 married couples with children.
183 single-parent households (30 men, 153 women).

89.7% of residents of Pierce County speak English at home.
0.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 22% speak English well).
9.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (75% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $38,650,000 ($8871 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $662,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $12,135,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $7,155,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,025,000
Federal grants: $6,369,000
Federal procurement contracts: $232,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,734,000 ($494,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $974,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,394,000
Federal Government insurance: $26,393,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 248
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

64 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 347
Here:

81 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+6 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -283
Here -66 per 1000 residents
State -29 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pierce County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.58 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 21
  • 2000 to 2004: 117
  • 1990 to 1999: 212
  • 1980 to 1989: 174
  • 1970 to 1979: 446
  • 1960 to 1969: 332
  • 1950 to 1959: 211
  • 1940 to 1949: 165
  • 1939 or earlier: 568
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pierce County, North Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 12
  • 4 rooms: 147
  • 5 rooms: 244
  • 6 rooms: 266
  • 7 rooms: 173
  • 8 rooms: 275
  • 9+ rooms: 312
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 46
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 172
  • 5 rooms: 88
  • 6 rooms: 61
  • 7 rooms: 31
  • 8 rooms: 45
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pierce County, North Dakota
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 32
  • 2 bedrooms: 233
  • 3 bedrooms: 629
  • 4 bedrooms: 388
  • 5+ bedrooms: 154
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 117
  • 2 bedrooms: 238
  • 3 bedrooms: 95
  • 4 bedrooms: 39
  • 5+ bedrooms: 33
Cars and other vehicles available in Pierce County, North Dakota in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 51
  • 1 vehicle: 292
  • 2 vehicles: 669
  • 3 vehicles: 302
  • 4 vehicles: 82
  • 5+ vehicles: 40
  • no vehicle: 71
  • 1 vehicle: 268
  • 2 vehicles: 104
  • 3 vehicles: 56
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

66% of Pierce County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 76% lived in North Dakota.

Pierce County:

65.7%
State average:

57.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $17,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pierce County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (35.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (31.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Coal or coke (1.0%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Electricity (45.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (35.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.3%)
  • Utility gas (3.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 59
Here:

11.1%
North Dakota:

7.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
North Dakota:

6.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2
Here:

2.3%
North Dakota:

10.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Pierce County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $698,000
    Welfare - Other: $308,000
    General - Other: $304,000
    Corrections - Other: $133,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $112,000
    Police Protection: $112,000
    Financial Administration: $87,000
    Central Staff Services: $82,000
    General Public Buildings: $63,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $40,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education: $23,000
    Parks & Recreation: $8,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $15,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $157,000
    Welfare: $24,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $209,000
    General - Other: $21,000
    Corrections - Other: $11,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $867,000

Pierce County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $470,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $226,000
    General Support: $81,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $134,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $116,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $366,000
    General Support: $243,000
    Public Welfare: $99,000
    All Other: $36,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,174,000
    NEC: $5,000

Pierce County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,026,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Pierce County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pierce County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Pierce County, ND among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5179.3 years
Mary4082.7 years
Elizabeth2685.6 years
Anna2287.5 years
Anton1880.3 years
Margaret1881.6 years
Frank1778.9 years
Joseph1776.9 years
Joe1778.0 years
Carl1783.9 years
Most common last names in Pierce County, ND among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Volk2878.2 years
Johnson2579.9 years
Voeller2276.5 years
Axtman2082.2 years
Nelson1877.6 years
Halvorson1883.5 years
Brossart1774.0 years
Anderson1686.4 years
Olson1682.4 years
Jelsing1578.1 years
Businesses in Pierce County, ND
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1H&R Block1
Dairy Queen1Lane Furniture1
Ford1

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