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Old 11-15-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Can anybody explain why there are people leaving the county year by year..? These figures are interesting... year 1910: population 8100, now: 1200. The county is almost deserted.

Historical populations
Census Pop. %
1910 8,103
1920 7,935 −2.1%
1930 7,373 −7.1%
1940 6,616 −10.3%
1950 5,253 −20.6%
1960 4,350 −17.2%
1970 3,232 −25.7%
1980 2,819 −12.8%
1990 2,148 −23.8%
2000 1,710 −20.4%
Est. 2009 1,228 −28.2%
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Not sure exactly about there, but where I live some of the same thing has happened for a variety of reasons.

1) Farms being sold off to large corporations. Less people needed to run them.

2) People moving into town instead of staying out on the farm.

3) A lot of business' have shut down or relocated to larger towns.

I'm not from there so I'm interested to see what's causing it.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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Sheridan County is situated on the Missouri Plateau - the edge of the drift prairie - has very poor land relative to neighboring counties. The original homesteaders there - which were many - never really ever had a chance at a decent living. Sheridan County never had a town develop that provided any meaningful infrastructure (hospital) and it lost it's rail line to bring in grain trade business or any other type business. The only economic option in the county is ranching - which doesn't provide an economic base. A neighboring county like McLean has both some very prosperous land, plus an industrial (power plant) / coal mining base as well as tourist trade on the Missouri River / Lake Sakakawea. Much of eastern Burleigh County is similar to Sheridan - that part of the county has also seen massive population losses but Burleigh County continues to increase in population because of Bismarck. Eastern Emmons County and western Kidder County have similar rough topography to Sheridan, but Kidder County has I-94 that provides some jobs (and manfucturing locations), while Emmons County has a town (Linton) that is able to provide some services.

Sheridan County was the focus of the Buffalo Commons theory 30 years ago.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Fourwinds nailed it. There's almost a visible line where you can see fields go from dark brown/black to sandy brown, and that's slightly east of Sheridan county. A quick drive through will show that land in Sheridan wasn't ever tilled to the degree that it was in, for example, Wells county.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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thank you everybody. The reason I'm asking about this county is that I'm buying a house in Goodrich as my secondary residence, only because houses are extremely cheap over there nowadays. Can anybody give me some information on how fishing looks in Goodrich area? Are there many spots abundant in fish over there and what species can be caught? From what I can see from the satellite the Goodrich area looks kinda like a swiss cheese with a lot of ponds/lakes. Is anybody here who lives in the county?
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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thank you everybody. The reason I'm asking about this county is that I'm buying a house in Goodrich as my secondary residence, only because houses are extremely cheap over there nowadays. Can anybody give me some information on how fishing looks in Goodrich area? Are there many spots abundant in fish over there and what species can be caught? From what I can see from the satellite the Goodrich area looks kinda like a swiss cheese with a lot of ponds/lakes. Is anybody here who lives in the county?
Here's a North Dakota fish and game link that lists lakes:
Game and Fish Department, North Dakota | Lake Contour Maps, Sorted Alphabetically (http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/lakedata.html - broken link)

What you need to keep in mind is that some of those lakes are alkaline, while others may only full during wet years, and may actually dry up when there hasn't been much snow and the summer is hot and dry.

That said, someday much of that area will be bought up by wealthy out-of-staters for their own summer ranch - lake resort. They'd only live there a couple weeks in the summer and hire out all the work. Montana and most of the west is too expensive to and developed for their own little enclaves anymore. A billionaire could buy practically all of Sheridan and Kidder Counties without denting his finances.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:03 AM
 
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You could check out fishing on the Sheyenne River there. I've never fished it that far West, but used to pull out the occasional Northern near Harvey.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:21 PM
 
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Here's a North Dakota fish and game link that lists lakes:
Game and Fish Department, North Dakota | Lake Contour Maps, Sorted Alphabetically (http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/lakedata.html - broken link)

What you need to keep in mind is that some of those lakes are alkaline, while others may only full during wet years, and may actually dry up when there hasn't been much snow and the summer is hot and dry.

That said, someday much of that area will be bought up by wealthy out-of-staters for their own summer ranch - lake resort. They'd only live there a couple weeks in the summer and hire out all the work. Montana and most of the west is too expensive to and developed for their own little enclaves anymore. A billionaire could buy practically all of Sheridan and Kidder Counties without denting his finances.

Thank you. Yeah, that sucks, I hope they won't start buying the land in the near future... Actually great plains states are less attractive than the west mainly because of lack of mountains. North Dakota itself is the least visited state.
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:58 AM
 
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I am buying a house in goodrich [202 frank st.] to live in year round. The reason for my relocation from Santa Barbara Ca.
[paradise] is economics.
Bismark is only a 45 minute drive. Plenty of work for anyone who can turn a wrench. My wife who has a Masters degree in clinical psycology and is making 13 dollars an hour as a site supervisor for a early childhood education program. The cost of living in S.B. is insane. Most of the work for her all want bilingual [mexican] and they still don't pay. I've had enough of the bullcrap here. I am paying cash for my house in Goodrich. No landlord, no bank, 197 dollars a year prop. taxes, food and utilities. I think I can handle that.
Tired of illegals taking my wife's jobs[ thanks obama] tired of grafitti tired of this fake paradise and the people in it.
Right now Goodrich is looking rich and good to me.
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:06 AM
 
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Well said Fish.

I've been considering a move to ND as well. I live in a high cost area but on the opposite coast from you (Maryland). I'm tired of the liberal politics, and of course the race relations, namely I'm tired of being forced to "tolerate" other people's bullcrap, their lack of personal responsibility and then being forced to pay for other people's mistakes.

Your wife's masters degree should go farther in ND since there are simply fewer people with one and she's not competing with hundreds of thousands of unemployed recent college grads who push wages down.

Good luck to you guys, I'm hoping for Williston/Watford city if only for the wages, but Bismark and all the way to Fargo sound great too, a place where a man can make a living, own a decent home, and raise a family in a good social environment.

After all, what can we say? Those descendents of Germans and Norwegians have created a very safe place to live where people actually value hard work, intelligence, and solid family values.

Not where you or I come from though, at least not anymore.

Also: Look at this beautiful picture. Doesn't it speak of hard work and ENDURANCE? Must've been beautiful growing up at such a time, families stuck together, they had to for survival. Dad likely built that house by hand, probably with help from the community. You can see mom (take a closer look) hard at work taking care of the home and family just as much as dad is working hard to provide. Those kids undoubtedly grew up to be hardy and tough, but good and kind people (as most northern mid-westerners are).

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