Binford, North Dakota

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Binford is a city in Griggs County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 201 at the 2000 census. Binford was founded in 1899.



The Johnson Land Company of Iowa purchased a flax field owned by Gabriel Gabrielson when the Northern Pacific Railway laid its tracks in 1899. The town of "Blooming Prairie" was renamed Binford after attorney Ray Binford of Charles City, Iowa who handled the Land Company's purchase.

In the fall of 1899, a lumberyard and general store opened. A hotel was built in 1900. In 1905, Binford had its own newspaper, a bank, grain elevator, a hardware store, two groceries, a couple of pool hall-bowling alleys, two churches, and various other establishments.


Binford is located at 47°33′39″N 98°20′48″W / 47.56083°N 98.34667°W / 47.56083; -98.34667 (47.560954, -98.346733)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 201 people, 94 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 573.4 people per square mile (221.7/km²). There were 120 housing units at an average density of 342.3/sq mi (132.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 94 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 5.2% were married couples living together, 66.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 32.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,375, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $18,125 for females. Plus support income from the military. The per capita income for the city was $14,459. About 3.3% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 5.3% of those sixty five or over.

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