Dunseith, North Dakota

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Dunseith is a city in Rolette County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 739 at the 2000 census. Dunseith was founded in 1884. The town is named for Jeannette Dunseith Eaton, who was the mother of the town's founder William Eaton. Some locals say the town is named for Dunseith, Scotland.[3]



Dunseith is best known for its proximity to the International Peace Garden. Dùnsìth is a Gaelic word meaning "City of Peace,"[3] from dùn (English:  fortress) and sìth (English:  peace).[4] The port of entry at the Peace Garden is one of three 24-hour ports in North Dakota (the others being Portal and Pembina).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 739 people, 253 households, and 178 families residing in the city. The population density was 729.2 people per square mile (282.5/km²). There were 282 housing units at an average density of 278.2/sq mi (107.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 24.76% White, 0.27% African American, 71.04% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 3.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

There were 253 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were married couples living together, 32.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

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