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Barnes County, ND&

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0.58% decline
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4.96% growth
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1.82% decline
Median Property Value
0.92% decline


The economy of Barnes County, ND employs 5,782 people. The economy of Barnes County, ND is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 8.58; 1.54; and 1.53 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Barnes County, ND are Healthcare & Social Assistance (860), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting (658), and Educational Services (608), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($47,976), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($37,778), and Utilities ($37,143).

Median household income in Barnes County, ND is $55,778. Males in Barnes County, ND have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,168. The income inequality of Barnes County, ND (measured using the Gini index) is 0.428 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Barnes County, ND. In Barnes County, ND the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 55-64 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 81 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,951. Ward County, ND has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Dakota.


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Barnes County, ND is home to a population of 11,033 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Barnes County, ND is composed of 10,295 White residents (93.3%), 217 Native residents (1.97%), 202 Hispanic residents (1.83%), 183 Two+ residents (1.66%), and 88 Black residents (0.8%). The most common foreign languages in Barnes County, ND are Spanish (114 speakers), Scandinavian (64 speakers), and German (36 speakers), but compared to other places, Barnes County, ND has a relative high number of Scandinavian (64 speakers), German (36 speakers), and Other West Germanic (6 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Barnes County, ND awarded 322 degrees. The student population of Barnes County, ND is skewed towards females, with 121 male students and 201 female students. Most students in Barnes County, ND are White (277 and 86%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13 and 4.04%), Two or more races (8 and 2.48%), and Black or African American (5 and 1.55%). The largest universities in Barnes County, ND by number of graduates are Valley City State University (322 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Barnes County, ND are Elementary Education & Teaching (104 and 32.3%), General Business Administration & Management (28 and 8.7%), and Wildlife, Fish, & Wildlands Science (22 and 6.83%). The median tuition costs in Barnes County, ND are N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,282 and $14,103 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barnes County, ND is $96,700, which is 0.47 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $97,600 to $96,700, a 0.92% increase. The homeownership rate of Barnes County, ND is 67.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Barnes County, ND have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Barnes County, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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