Cathay, ND Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Cathay, North Dakota - Basic Facts

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The City of Cathay had a population of 46 as of July 1, 2016. Cathay ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cathay is located at latitude 47.5539 and longitude -99.4113 in Wells County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cathay (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wells County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,581 feet.

The City of Cathay (GNIS ID: 1035958) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cathay population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Cathay, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 46
Population in Households 46
Population in Familes 37
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 257
Diversity Index2 4


Total Households 20
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 13
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4 (13.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 10 (33.3%)
Median Home Value $50,000
Average Home Value $104,688


Median Household Income $56,451
Average Household Income $78,210
Per Capita Income $36,184
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.08% 0.85%
Households 0.82% 0.98%
Families 1.29% 0.0%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cathay, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cathay to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 326 19th
Population Density1 # 245 39th
Diversity Index2 # 347 13th
Median Household Income # 201 50th
Per Capita Income # 118 71st

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