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Welcome to Center ...

The city of Center is located in Oliver County<1> and is the County Seat for Oliver County.

Center was established in 1903.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Center has a population of 576 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Center is 1,970 feet [600 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Center lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you leave Center and travel south, you will leave Central Time and cross into the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT).

The telephone area code for Center: (701)

The ZIP code for Center: 58530<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Center had an population of 576 people. This is an increase of 0.88% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 15.04% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Center had a population of 571 people (or 30.93% of the total population of Oliver County). This makes Center the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Center represents 0.08% of the total population of North Dakota (which has 672,591 people), making it the state's 112nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 571 people, the population of Center decreased 15.78% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 678 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Center.

Communities Also Named Center ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 57 communities that are also named Center - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia (4), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (3), Kansas (7), Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts (2), Mississippi (5), Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (3), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania (3), South Dakota, Tennessee (4), Texas (3), Washington and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Center.

Communities near Center ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Center.

  • Hazen
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
  • Washburn
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • New Salem
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Salem have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Salem
    • New Salem is located in Morton County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,006 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Salem <5>
  • Stanton
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Hannover
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hannover
    • Hannover is located in Oliver County
  • Hensler
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hensler
    • Hensler is located in Oliver County
  • Sanger
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanger
    • Sanger is located in Oliver County
  • Knife River Village
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knife River Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knife River Village
    • Knife River Village is located in Mercer County
  • Bluegrass ‑ Historic
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluegrass
    • Bluegrass is located in Morton County
  • Double Ditch Indian Village
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Double Ditch Indian Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Double Ditch Indian Village
    • Double Ditch Indian Village is located in Burleigh County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Center. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Center.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Center. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Center.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Center. See our Newspapers Page for Center.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Center ...

Looking for more information about Center? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Center, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Center.

Adding Center to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Center in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Center was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Center post office opened in 1903.

We also found Center on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Dakota (1937).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Center.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Center. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Dakota's counties, including Oliver, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Center.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Center - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Center). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Center or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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