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The City of Fessenden had a population of 470 as of July 1, 2016. Fessenden ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Fessenden is located at latitude 47.6492 and longitude -99.627 in Wells County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fessenden (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wells County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,611 feet.

The City of Fessenden (GNIS ID: 1036031) 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 Fessenden 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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Fessenden, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 470
Population in Households 467
Population in Familes 364
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density1 1,037
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 231
Average Household Size 2.02
Family Households 144
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 289 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 182 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 49 (17.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 58 (20.1%)
Median Home Value $73,944
Average Home Value $106,731


Median Household Income $54,467
Average Household Income $73,807
Per Capita Income $35,183
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.3% -0.13%
Households -0.34% -0.17%
Families 0.68% -0.42%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
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.

Fessenden, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fessenden 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 # 110 73rd
Population Density1 # 71 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 329 19th
Median Household Income # 243 40th
Per Capita Income # 136 66th

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