Lisbon, North Dakota

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Lisbon is a city in Ransom County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Ransom County[3]. The population was 2,292 at the 2000 census.



Lisbon was founded in 1880. Lisbon is named for its founders' roots, not in Portugal but in Illinois and New York. Picnickers in Lisbon Park can often watch canoeists paddle by on the Sheyenne. Camping is available in Sandager Park and Dead Colt Creek Recreation Area five miles south of the city. Pioneer Lisbon newspaper publisher W.D. Boyce is credited with importing the concept for the Boy Scouts from England to the United States. The verdant campus of the North Dakota Veterans Home, established in 1891, provides pleasant retirement living for military vets. Construction is underway for a large new facility adjacent to the current one.


Lisbon is located at 46°26′21″N 97°41′1″W / 46.43917°N 97.68361°W / 46.43917; -97.68361 (46.439141, -97.683520)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), all of it land.

Lisbon is at the intersection of State Highways 27 (5th Avenue) and 32 (Main Street).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,292 people, 948 households, and 571 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,019.7 people per square mile (393.3/km²). There were 1,017 housing units at an average density of 452.4/sq mi (174.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.65% White, 0.04% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.26% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

There were 948 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.90.

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