Aneta, North Dakota

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Aneta is a city in Nelson County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 284 at the 2000 census. Aneta was first settled in 1882 and incorporated as a city in 1893.



Aneta was first settled in 1882. It was named after Anna Roseta Mitchell, the first woman settler in the community. Because the Sheyenne River flows nearby, the town was nicknamed, "The Queen City of the Upper Sheyenne." In 1896, the Great Northern Railway extended a branch line 28 miles from Hope to Aneta and the city quickly became a boomtown.

In 1893, Aneta incorporated as a city, which in North Dakota required a population of 500. At the time, its population was 512. Only 100 residents voted in the election - 59 for, 39 against, and 2 spoiled votes. A subsequent election for mayor (held in Thayer Hall) resulted in Mayor George F. Thayer. Municipal services were provided to residents as follows: school in 1897, telephone in 1899, electric lights in 1912, civic auditorium in 1927, water in 1955, sewer in 1960, and paved streets in 1965.


Aneta is located at 47°40′48″N 97°59′21″W / 47.68°N 97.98917°W / 47.68; -97.98917 (47.679923, -97.989231)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land. Thomas Lee


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 284 people, 124 households, and 62 families residing in the city. The population density was 288.8 people per square mile (111.9/km²). There were 155 housing units at an average density of 157.6/sq mi (61.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.54% White, 1.06% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are Norwegian (46.1%), German (13.7%), Swedish (6.3%), English (3.9%), Irish (2.8%), Italian (1.8%).

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