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The 2000 Census showed that Barnes County had a population of 11,775 people. This represented 1.83% of the total population of North Dakota, making it the state's 13th most populous county (out of 53 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Barnes had a population of 10,753 people. This is a decrease of 8.68% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201011,066-6.02%+2.91% since 2009
200810,753-8.68%-0.5% since 2007
200710,807-8.22%-0.8% since 2006
200610,894-7.48%-0.9% since 2005
200510,993-6.64%-0.71% since 2004
200411,072-5.97%-0.25% since 2003
200311,100-5.73%-1.07% since 2002
200211,220-4.71%-1.74% since 2001
200111,419-3.02%-3.02% since 2000
200011,775The Last Census

Barnes County had 5,599 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Barnes County has a total area<3> of 1,513 square miles [3,919 km²]. Of this total, 1,491 square miles [3,863 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.43%) being water (21.58 square miles [55.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Barnes County had a population density of 7.89 people per square mile [3.05 people/km²], making it the state's 16th most densely populated county (out of 53 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Barnes County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Barnes and the state of North Dakota.

Click here for the Barnes County QuickFact (QF-38003).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Barnes County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Valley CityQF-38811806,2866,826-7.91%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Barnes County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CassQF-38017   E143,339123,13816.41%
GriggsQF-38039   N2,3462,754-14.81%
LaMoureQF-38045   SW3,9084,701-16.87%
RansomQF-38073   SE5,5005,890-6.62%
SteeleQF-38091   N1,7472,258-22.63%
StutsmanQF-38093   W20,46321,908-6.6%

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U.S. Census Bureau
Census QuickFact for Barnes County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Barnes. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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