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The City of Sentinel Butte had a population of 58 as of July 1, 2021. Sentinel Butte ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper 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 Sentinel Butte is located at latitude 46.9183 and longitude -103.8388 in Golden Valley County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sentinel Butte encompass a land area of 1.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Golden Valley County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,720 feet.

The City of Sentinel Butte 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sentinel Butte: Sentinal Butte.

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Sentinel Butte, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 58 (100%)
Population in Households 54 (93.1%)
Population in Families 40 (69.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 4 ( 6.9%)
Population Density 56
Diversity Index2 19


Median Household Income $67,251
Average Household Income $81,217
% of Income for Mortgage4 0%
Per Capita Income $37,230
Wealth Index5 81


Total HU (Housing Units) 39 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23 (59.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9 (23.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 (17.9%)
Median Home Value $156,250
Average Home Value $254,348
Housing Affordability Index3 0


Total Households 32
Average Household Size 1.69
Family Households 18
Average Family Size 2
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.31% 0.0%
Households 0.58% 0.0%
Families 0.51% 0.0%
Median Household Income   0.0%
Per Capita Income   1.24%
Owner Occupied HU   0.85%

Sentinel Butte, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sentinel Butte to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 303 25th
Population Density # 357 11th
Median Household Income # 168 58th
Housing Affordability Index # 128 32nd
Per Capita Income # 226 44th
Diversity Index # 100 75th

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