Mountain, North Dakota

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Mountain is a city in Pembina County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 133 at the 2000 census. Mountain was founded in 1884.

The city is known for being the destination of many Icelandic immigrants, later known as Western Icelanders, who arrived until around 1914. Geir Haarde, the former prime minister of Iceland, traveled to Mountain in August 2007 to attend the Deuce of August celebration, which celebrates Iceland's journey to independence from Denmark. During his visit, town officials told Haarde about a goal to raise $1.3 million dollars for a new community center. The government of Iceland has since donated $75,000 towards the center.[3]



Mountain is located at 48°41′2″N 97°51′54″W / 48.68389°N 97.865°W / 48.68389; -97.865

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 133 people, 43 households, and 26 families residing in the city. The population density was 978.4 people per square mile (366.8/km²). There were 55 housing units at an average density of 404.6/sq mi (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.25% White and 0.75% Native American.

There were 43 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 12.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 47.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 64 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,237. There were 17.9% of families and 19.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 47.1% of under eighteens and 14.3% of those over 64.

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