Ward County, ND

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Population

69,628

0.977% growth

Median Age

31


Median Household Income

$64,159

1.78% growth

Poverty Rate

8.37%


Number of Employees

36,497

0.0493% growth

Median Property Value

$211,900

2.07% growth

About

In 2017, Ward County, ND had a population of 69.6k people with a median age of 31 and a median household income of $64,159. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ward County, ND grew from 68,954 to 69,628, a 0.977% increase and its median household income grew from $63,037 to $64,159, a 1.78% increase.

The population of Ward County, ND is 84.1% White Alone, 5.64% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.65% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Ward County, ND speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ward County, ND are Minot State University (753 degrees awarded in 2016) and Headquarters Academy of Hair Design Inc (23 degrees).

The median property value in Ward County, ND is $211,900, and the homeownership rate is 59.6%. Most people in Ward County, ND commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Ward County, ND is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Ward County, ND employs 36.5k people. The largest industries in Ward County, ND are Retail Trade (5,202 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,021 people), and Educational Services (3,155 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,875), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,403), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($59,641).

Median household income in Ward County, ND is $64,159. Males in Ward County, ND have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,424. The income inequality in Ward County, ND (measured using the Gini index) is 0.431, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,159

2017 value

± $2,483

1.78%

1 Year Growth

± 5.01%

Households in Ward County, ND have a median annual income of $64,159, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,037 in 2016, which represents a 1.78% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,998

Average Male Salary

± $3,148

$42,424

Average Female Salary

± $2,091

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Dakota made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,817 ± $1,967

  2. Two or More Races

    $38,540 ± $11,502

  3. American Indian

    $36,702 ± $8,076

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Dakota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ward County, ND is from North Dakota.

0.431

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.431 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Dakota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 103.02

  2. Census Tract 112

  3. Census Tract 108

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ward County, ND was Census Tract 103.02 with a value of $83,265, followed by Census Tract 112 and Census Tract 108, with respective values of $83,246 and $75,781.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.37% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ward County, ND (5.63k out of 67.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,272 ± 477

  2. Two Or More

    505 ± 231

  3. Native American

    437 ± 230

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

36.5k

2017 Value

± 1,413

0.0493%

1 Year growth

± 5.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ward County, ND grew at a rate of 0.0493%, from 36.5k employees to 36.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ward County, ND, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,732 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,219 people), and Management Occupations (3,398 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ward County, ND.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ward County, ND, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,732 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,219 people), and Management Occupations (3,398 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ward County, ND has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.75 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.61 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ward County, ND, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($76,176), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,803), and Construction & Extraction Occupations ($65,680).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

36.5k

2017 Value

± 1,413

0.0493%

1 Year growth

± 5.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ward County, ND grew at a rate of 0.0493%, from 36.5k employees to 36.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ward County, ND, are Retail Trade (5,202 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,021 people), and Educational Services (3,155 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Ward County, ND, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (5,202 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,021 people), and Educational Services (3,155 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ward County, ND has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (11.2 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.09 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ward County, ND, by median earnings, are Utilities ($85,875), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,403), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($59,641).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $46.1B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $46.1B, followed by Cereal grains ($11.4B) and Other ag prods. ($10.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$115B

2015 Value

$123B

Projected 2045 Value

6.79% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Dakota trade was $115B. This is expected to increase 6.79% to $123B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.8B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $8.57B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $12.8B, followed by Texas with $11.4B and Illinois and $8.57B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.3% of the population of Ward County, ND has health coverage, with 52.4% on employee plans, 6.24% on Medicaid, 8.76% on Medicare, 16.6% on non-group plans, and 8.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ward County, ND was $9,851 in 2014. This is a 4.97% increase from the previous year ($9,385).

Primary care physicians in Ward County, ND see 1516 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.23% decrease from the previous year (1652 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1211 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 520 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,516 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ward County, ND see an average of 1,516 patients per year. This represents a 8.23% decrease from the previous year (1,652 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 neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,851

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,410

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,461

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Dakota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.97%, from $9,385 to $9,851.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.67%

Uninsured

52.4%

Employer Coverage

6.24%

Medicaid

8.76%

Medicare

16.6%

Non-Group

8.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ward County, ND declined by 5.92% from 8.16% to 7.67%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ward County, ND changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 13% prevalence

  3. 12.7% prevalence

Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ward County, ND is home to a population of 69.6k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.5% of Ward County, ND residents were born outside of the country (3.13k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ward County, ND is composed of 58.6k White Alone residents (84.1%), 3.93k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.64%), 2.54k Black or African American Alone residents (3.65%), 1.9k Two or More Races residents (2.72%), 1.58k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.26%), 1.01k Asian Alone residents (1.44%), 70 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.101%), and 47 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0675%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ward County, ND are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ward County, ND was 31. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Ward County, ND are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Ward County, ND residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.13k people

3.96%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.73k people

As of 2017, 4.5% of Ward County, ND residents (3.13k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ward County, ND was 3.96%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    3,426 ± 1,434 people

  2. Canada

    2,477 ± 1,220 people

  3. Philippines

    2,077 ± 1,117 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,426 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,477 and Philippines with 2,077.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Ward County, ND residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, 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

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    58.6k ± 58

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.93k ± 588

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.54k ± 352

In 2017, there were 14.9 times more White Alone residents (58.6k people) in Ward County, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.93k Hispanic or Latino and 2.54k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ward County, ND as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ward County, ND citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ward County, ND was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ward County, ND are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,269 ± 343

  2. Vietnam

    1,073 ± 159

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    738 ± 166

Ward County, ND has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Ward County, ND awarded 776 degrees. The student population of Ward County, ND is skewed towards women, with 1,347 male students and 2,107 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ward County, ND are White (536 and 82.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (29 and 4.44%), Black or African American (24 and 3.68%), and Unknown (17 and 2.6%).

The largest universities in Ward County, ND by number of degrees awarded are Minot State University (753 and 97%) and Headquarters Academy of Hair Design Inc (23 and 2.96%).

The most popular majors in Ward County, ND are Registered Nursing (74 and 9.54%), General Business Administration & Management (73 and 9.41%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (51 and 6.57%).

The median tuition costs in Ward County, ND are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,192 and $5,192 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 74 degrees awarded

  2. 57 degrees awarded

  3. 51 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ward County, ND was Registered Nursing with 74 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 753 degrees awarded

  2. 23 degrees awarded

$5,192

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Ward County, ND institution with the largest number of graduating students was Minot State University with 753 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

249

Degrees Awarded to Men

527

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 249 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ward County, ND, which is 0.472 times less than the 527 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    536 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    29 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    24 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ward County, ND were to White students. These 536 degrees mean that there were 18.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 29 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ward County, ND was $211,900 in 2017, which is 0.974 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $207,600 to $211,900, a 2.07% increase. The homeownership rate in Ward County, ND is 59.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ward County, ND have an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ward County, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$64,159

Median Household Income

± $2,483

27.4k

Number of Households

± 1,159

In 2017, the median household income of the 27.4k households in Ward County, ND grew to $64,159 from the previous year's value of $63,037.

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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Housing

Property Value

$211,900

2017 Median

± $6,202

$207,600

2016 Median

± $6,437

In 2017, the median property value in Ward County, ND grew to to $211,900 from the previous year's value of $207,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ward County, ND compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ward County, ND the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ward County, ND 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 $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

59.6%

2017 Homeownership

60.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59.6% of the housing units in Ward County, ND were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ward County, ND compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ward County, ND have a shorter commute time (18.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.52% of the workforce in Ward County, ND have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.8%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.42%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ward County, ND was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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