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

The community of Minot is the Seat for Ward County.

Ward County was founded in 1888.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Ward had a population of 57,012 people. This is a decrease of 3.03% since the last Census (which gave a population of 58,795 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Ward represented 9.16% of the total population of North Dakota, making it the state's 4th most populous county (out of 53 counties).

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
201061,675+4.9%+8.18% since 2009
200957,012-3.03%+1.62% since 2008
200058,795The Last Census

More information can be found on the Ward County Census Page for Ward County.


Below are some of the communities located in Ward County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Ward County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Minot   36,25636,5670.85% decrease  
Kenmare   1,0841,0810.28% increase  
Burlington   1,0131,0967.57% decrease  
Surrey   8929172.73% decrease  
Berthold   4464664.29% decrease  

Websites for Ward County

Official Website:   www.co.ward.nd.us/

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<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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