Tower City, North Dakota

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Tower City is a city in Barnes and Cass counties in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The population was 252 at the 2000 census. Tower City was founded in 1879.



Tower City is located at 46°55′24″N 97°40′30″W / 46.92333°N 97.675°W / 46.92333; -97.675 (46.923335, -97.675109)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 252 people, 107 households, and 75 families residing in the city. The population density was 121.2 people per square mile (46.8/km²). There were 113 housing units at an average density of 54.3/sq mi (21.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.81% White, and 1.19% from two or more races.

There were 107 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,607, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $26,806 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,652. About 5.1% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.9% of those sixty five or over.



The area in Cass and Barnes counties that eventually became Tower City was purchased in the 1860s by the Northern Pacific Railroad, for the purpose of constructing a northern transcontinental railroad. Difficulties in management and the influence of the Panic of 1873 led to the railroad seeking bankruptcy protection in June 1875. A member of the board of directors of the company, Pennsylvania attorney Charlemagne Tower purchased huge tracts of the railroad's lands in Minnesota, Washington, and North Dakota.

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