Fessenden, North Dakota

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Fessenden is a city in Wells County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Wells County[3]. The population was 625 at the 2000 census. Fessenden was founded in 1893.



Fessenden Auditorium building on Main Ave. between Railway Street South and 1 Street South has collapsed on July 3, 2007.[4] [5] On April 16, 2009 there was a fire that destroyed a bar, bowling alley, and a cafe, as well as doing some damage to the medical center in Fessenden.[6] Fessenden celebrated its centenennial in July 1993.


Fessenden is located at 47°38′59″N 99°37′34″W / 47.64972°N 99.62611°W / 47.64972; -99.62611 (47.649667, -99.626142)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 625 people, 279 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,378.4 people per square mile (536.3/km²). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 674.9/sq mi (262.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.20% White, 0.32% Native American, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 279 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

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