Washburn, North Dakota

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Washburn is a city in McLean County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of McLean County.[3] The population was 1,389 at the 2000 census. Washburn was founded in 1882 and became the county seat in 1883.

Washburn is home to the North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center which focuses on the Expedition's winter with the Mandans and houses a full-scale replication of Fort Mandan and one of the expedition's canoes.



Washburn is located at 47°17′29″N 101°1′40″W / 47.29139°N 101.02778°W / 47.29139; -101.02778 (47.291313, -101.027647).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (5.85%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,389 people, 557 households, and 407 families residing in the city. The population density was 781.8 people per square mile (301.3/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 370.9/sq mi (142.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.78% White, 0.72% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 557 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

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