Lignite, North Dakota

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Lignite is a city in Burke County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 174 at the 2000 census. Lignite was founded in 1907 and was named for the quantities of lignite, a low-grade coal, present in the area.



Lignite is located at 48°52′37″N 102°33′45″W / 48.87694°N 102.5625°W / 48.87694; -102.5625 (48.876908, -102.562603)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 174 people, 85 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,244.4 people per square mile (479.9/km²). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 793.8/sq mi (306.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 85 households out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.48.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 37.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,833, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $37,917 versus $11,607 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,346. About 5.6% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.0% of those sixty five or over.


Lignite is in the center of farming country. Historically there has been some oil activity in the area, but it is a bit north of the current "Bakken" boom. In 2010, a London-based resources company announced it had gotten the first potash drilling permit in three decades from the state of North Dakota. Sirius Minerals will drill an exploratory potash well near Lignite in November, 2010.


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