Ward County, North Dakota

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Ward County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 58,795. Its county seat is Minot;[1] the seat was in Burlington until 1888. Until 1910, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties; this landmass often being referred to as 'Imperial Ward' County. When Burke and Renville counties were partitioned out of Imperial Ward County, neither group wanted to include Kenmare and which resulted in that town remaining part of present-day Ward County at the end of a narrow strip of land.

Ward County is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,056 square miles (5,326 km²), of which, 2,013 square miles (5,213 km²) of it is land and 43 square miles (112 km²) of it (2.11%) is water.

Much of the county is flat to rolling plains. The southern reaches of the county are dotted with numerous small lakes, water neither sloping towards the Souris River basin nor Lake Sakakawea.


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