Kief, North Dakota

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Kief is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 13 at the 2000 census, and was estimated to be 11 in 2009.[3] It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. Kief was founded in 1906.



Kief was founded in 1906 as a station along the Soo Line Railroad. The city was named by Ukrainian settlers after the city of Kiev in the Ukraine.[4][5] Kief was the traditional spelling for Kiev at the time.[5] A post office was established in 1909[6] and the town was later incorporated as a village in 1916.[7] It achieve a peak population of 307 in 1920.[8] It became a city in 1967, after the North Dakota Legislature enacted legislation that eliminated all existing incorporation titles for towns and villages in the state.[7]


Kief is located in Land Township roughly 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Drake, North Dakota.[5][2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.61%) is water.


As of the 2000 Census,[9] there were 13 people, 8 households, and 3 families residing in the city. The population density was 10.7 people per square mile (4.1/km²). There were 18 housing units at an average density of 14.8/sq mi (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

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