Portal, North Dakota

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Portal is a city in Burke County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 131 at the 2000 census. Portal was founded in 1893.

Portal sits near the Canadian border and is a major port of entry for road and rail traffic. North Portal, Saskatchewan is just over the border north of Portal. It is one of three 24-hour ports in North Dakota (the others being Dunseith and Pembina). The town is known for its "international" golf course. The ninth hole is partially in the United States and partially over the border in Canada.


Portal is located at 48°59′44″N 102°33′2″W / 48.99556°N 102.55056°W / 48.99556; -102.55056 (48.995629, -102.550430).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 131 people, 63 households, and 43 families residing in the city. The population density was 232.8 people per square mile (90.3/km²). There were 98 housing units at an average density of 174.1/sq mi (67.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.24% White and 0.76% Native American.

There were 63 households out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 1.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 38.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,406, and the median income for a family was $48,929. Males had a median income of $37,000 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,949. There were 7.1% of families and 10.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 10.3% of those over 64.


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