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1.8% growth
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Median Household Income
2.68% growth
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2.53% growth
Median Property Value
9.6% growth

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The economy of Ward County, ND employs 36,479 people. The economy of Ward County, ND is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 10.46; 2.12; and 1.46 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Ward County, ND are Retail trade (5,132), Healthcare & Social Assistance (5,022), and Educational Services (2,875), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,446), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($65,867), and Transportation & Warehousing ($49,500).

Median household income in Ward County, ND is $63,037. Males in Ward County, ND have an average income that is 1.46 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,953. The income inequality of Ward County, ND (measured using the Gini index) is 0.409 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 Ward County, ND. In Ward County, ND the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 25-34 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 61 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,837. Ward County, ND has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Dakota.


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Ward County, ND is home to a population of 68,954 people, from which 97.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Ward County, ND is composed of 58,642 White residents (85%), 3,597 Hispanic residents (5.22%), 2,323 Two+ residents (3.37%), 2,287 Black residents (3.32%), and 1,101 Native residents (1.6%). The most common foreign languages in Ward County, ND are Spanish (1,248 speakers), German (357 speakers), and Tagalog (190 speakers), but compared to other places, Ward County, ND has a relative high number of Scandinavian (96 speakers), German (357 speakers), and Navajo (46 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Ward County, ND awarded 802 degrees. The student population of Ward County, ND is skewed towards females, with 297 male students and 505 female students. Most students in Ward County, ND are White (571 and 71.2%), followed by Black or African American (25 and 3.12%), Unknown (23 and 2.87%), and Hispanic or Latino (22 and 2.74%). The largest universities in Ward County, ND by number of graduates are Minot State University (783 and 97.6%), Headquarters Academy of Hair Design Inc (19 and 2.37%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Ward County, ND are Social Work (68 and 8.48%), General Business Administration & Management (58 and 7.23%), and Registered Nursing (58 and 7.23%). 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.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ward County, ND is $207,600, which is 1.01 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $189,500 to $207,600, a 9.6% increase. The homeownership rate of Ward County, ND is 60.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Ward County, ND have an average commute time of 18.1 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.


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