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The City of Wishek had a population of 946 as of July 1, 2021. Wishek ranks in 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 Wishek is located at latitude 46.2569 and longitude -99.5571 in McIntosh County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wishek encompass a land area of 1.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. McIntosh County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 2,031 feet.

The City of Wishek 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.

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


Total Population 946 (100%)
Population in Households 895 (94.6%)
Population in Families 675 (71.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 51 ( 5.4%)
Population Density 659
Diversity Index2 19


Median Household Income $51,562
Average Household Income $63,627
% of Income for Mortgage4 7%
Per Capita Income $29,488
Wealth Index5 62


Total HU (Housing Units) 516 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 309 (59.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 129 (25.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 78 (15.1%)
Median Home Value $89,953
Average Home Value $126,780
Housing Affordability Index3 316


Total Households 438
Average Household Size 2.04
Family Households 248
Average Family Size 3
  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 -0.51% -0.93%
Households -0.32% -0.88%
Families -0.52% -0.99%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.46%

Wishek, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wishek 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 # 62 85th
Population Density # 117 71st
Median Household Income # 338 16th
Housing Affordability Index # 338 84th
Per Capita Income # 361 10th
Diversity Index # 93 76th

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