New Town, North Dakota

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New Town is a city in Mountrail County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 1,367 at the 2000 census. New Town was founded in 1953 to replace the cities of Sanish and Van Hook which were planned to be inundated by Lake Sakakawea. It is the largest city and administrative center of the Fort Berthold Reservation. New Town is home to Fort Berthold Community College.



New Town is located at 47°58′54″N 102°29′5″W / 47.98167°N 102.48472°W / 47.98167; -102.48472 (47.981748, -102.484842)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,367 people, 488 households, and 318 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,031.6 people per square mile (787.8/km²). There were 512 housing units at an average density of 760.9/sq mi (295.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 29.63% White, 0.15% African American, 66.86% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 488 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

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