Ward County, ND

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2022 Population
69,532
0.221% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Hoeven
Republican Party
US Senator
Kevin Cramer
Republican Party
US Representative
Kelly Armstrong
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
33
2.8% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.03%
6.44% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$78,143
8.19% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$249,800
11.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
34,170
0.862% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Ward County, ND had a population of 69.5k people with a median age of 33 and a median household income of $78,143. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ward County, ND declined from 69,686 to 69,532, a −0.221% decrease and its median household income grew from $72,227 to $78,143, a 8.19% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ward County, ND are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.65%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.01%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.43%), and White (Hispanic) (2.17%).

None of the households in Ward County, ND reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.4% of the residents in Ward County, ND are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ward County, ND are Minot State University (649 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Ward County, ND was $249,800, and the homeownership rate was 61.2%.

Most people in Ward County, ND drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Ward County, ND was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Ward County, ND is home to a population of 69.5k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.04% of Ward County, ND residents were born outside of the country (2.81k people).

In 2022, there were 17.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56.5k people) in Ward County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.23k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.79k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Ward County, ND residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ward County, ND was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ward County, ND
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    56.5k ± 210
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.23k ± 476
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.79k ± 319
6.75%
Hispanic Population
4.69k people

In 2022, there were 17.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (56.5k people) in Ward County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.23k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.79k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.75% of the people in Ward County, ND are hispanic (4.69k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Ward County, ND as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    2,804 ± 1,298 people
  2. Canada
    2,799 ± 1,297 people
  3. Mexico
    2,784 ± 1,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Philippines, the natal country of 2,804 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,799 and Mexico with 2,784.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.81k people
4.05%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.83k people

As of 2022, 4.04% of Ward County, ND residents (2.81k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ward County, ND was 4.05%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,729 ± 466
  2. Vietnam
    1,179 ± 215
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    783 ± 233

Ward County, ND has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ward County, ND employs 34.2k people. The largest industries in Ward County, ND are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,145 people), Retail Trade (4,493 people), and Educational Services (3,627 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,715), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($69,494), and Utilities ($69,414).

Males in North Dakota have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,891. The income inequality in North Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

34.2k
2022 Value
± 1,450
−0.862%
1 Year decline
± 6.05%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ward County, ND declined at a rate of −0.862%, from 34.5k employees to 34.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ward County, ND, are Management Occupations (4,249 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,425 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,137 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ward County, ND.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

34.2k
2022 Value
± 1,450
−0.862%
1 Year decline
± 6.05%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ward County, ND declined at a rate of −0.862%, from 34.5k employees to 34.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ward County, ND, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,145 people), Retail Trade (4,493 people), and Educational Services (3,627 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ward County, ND, though some of these residents may live in Ward County, ND and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$58,127
Median earning men ± $1,709
$38,125
Median earning women ± $2,589

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($81,563), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($75,121), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,858).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($71,176), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($64,928), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,174).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.83%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 428k people employed in North Dakota. This represents a 2.83% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.3%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 573
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 528
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 390
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ward County, ND went to Donald J. Trump with 70.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (25.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.99%).

John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are the senators currently representing the state of North Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Ward County, ND is currently represented by Kelly Armstrong in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Dakota

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John Hoeven
Senator from North Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Kevin Cramer
Senator from North Dakota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are the senators currently representing North Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Ward County, ND

Kelly Armstrong
North Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Ward County, ND is currently represented by Kelly Armstrong (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Ward County, ND have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ward County, ND awarded 649 degrees. The student population of Ward County, ND in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 973 male students and 1,804 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ward County, ND are White (449 and 83.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (31 and 5.74%), Black or African American (17 and 3.15%), and Two or More Races (14 and 2.59%).

The largest universities in Ward County, ND by number of degrees awarded are Minot State University (649 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ward County, ND are General Business Administration & Management (89 and 13.7%), Registered Nursing (58 and 8.94%), and Social Work (45 and 6.93%).

The median tuition cost in Ward County, ND for a public four year colleges is $7,168 for in-state students and $7,168 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ward County, ND, the percentage of applicants admitted was 93.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 81.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,777 (35% men and 65% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,777 students enrolled in Ward County, ND, 35% men and 65% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,868 records, of which 67.9% were women and 32.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 45 degrees awarded
  2. 58 degrees awarded
  3. 53 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ward County, ND was Social Work with 45 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ward County, ND according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
649 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Minot State University with 649 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 214 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ward County, ND, which is 0.492 times less than the 435 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 449 degrees mean that there were 14.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 31 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,168) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,340) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.399% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.605% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (157k), Some college (149k), and Bachelors Degree (122k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ward County, ND was $249,800 in 2022, which is 0.886 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $224,200 to $249,800, a 11.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Ward County, ND is 61.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ward County, ND have an average commute time of 19.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ward County, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ward County, ND is $78,143. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ward County, ND was Census Tract 112 with a value of $109,241, followed by Census Tract 104 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $91,801 and $89,693.

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ward County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 4.78%.

Property

$249,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,069
$17,350
Median Property Taxes
±$946

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ward County, ND the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

61.2%
Homeownership
2022
68.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 61.2% of the housing units in Ward County, ND were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 112
  2. Census Tract 104
  3. Census Tract 103.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ward County, ND was Census Tract 112 with a value of $109,241, followed by Census Tract 104 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $91,801 and $89,693.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ward County, ND colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$78,143
Median Household Income
± $2,048
28.4k
Number of Households
± 1,335

In 2022, the median household income of the 28.4k households in Ward County, ND grew to $78,143 from the previous year's value of $72,227.

The following chart displays the households in Ward County, ND distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ward County, ND is from North Dakota.
0.436
2022 Wage GINI in North Dakota
0.433
2021 Wage GINI in North Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.835% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.1%)
  2. Carpooled (10.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.38%)

In 2022, 82.1% of workers in Ward County, ND drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.5%) and those who worked at home (4.38%).

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Commute Time

19.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ward County, ND have a shorter commute time (19.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.85% of the workforce in Ward County, ND have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ward County, ND distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ward County, ND have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ward County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 4.78%.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.03% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ward County, ND (6.13k out of 67.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ward County, ND is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8.8% of the children was living in poverty in Ward County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.4%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 256 in Ward County, ND. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 31.7 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.9% of the population of Ward County, ND has health coverage, with 52.7% on employee plans, 6.91% on Medicaid, 9.9% on Medicare, 16.2% on non-group plans, and 8.28% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ward County, ND see 1353 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.17% decrease from the previous year (1383 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1292 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 415 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,353 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ward County, ND

Primary care physicians in Ward County, ND see an average of 1,353 patients per year. This represents a 2.17% decrease from the previous year (1,383 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ward County, ND in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.9% under 18 years, 24.9% between 18 and 34 years, 34.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.09%
Uninsured
52.7%
Employer Coverage
6.91%
Medicaid
9.9%
Medicare
16.2%
Non-Group
8.28%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ward County, ND declined by 7.16% from 6.55% to 6.09%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 43.5 in Ward County, ND.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.3% in Ward County, ND.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.46% in Ward County, ND.

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