Shell Valley, ND Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shell Valley, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The Shell Valley Census Designated Place had a population of 1,268 as of July 1, 2017. Shell Valley 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 Shell Valley is located at latitude 48.8086 and longitude -99.8271 in Rolette County. The formal boundaries for the Shell Valley Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 15 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Rolette County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,768 feet.

The Shell Valley Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393232) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Shell Valley Census Designated Place is located within Unorganized Territory of Turtle Mountain, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rolette County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shell Valley population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Shell Valley, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,268
Daytime Population: Workers 1,562
Daytime Population: Residents 816
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,378
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.88
Population in Households 1,267
Population in Familes 1,096
Population in Group Qrtrs 1
Population Density2 85
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $64,657
Average Household Income $83,783
Per Capita Income $27,598


Total Housing Units 404 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 306 (75.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 88 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 10 ( 2.5%)
Median Home Value $73,106
Average Home Value $99,756


Total Households 394
Average Household Size 3.22
Family Households 301
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.8% 0.61%
Households 0.72% 0.55%
Families -0.09% 0.46%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

Shell Valley, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shell Valley to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 45 89th
Population Density # 339 16th
Diversity Index # 30 93rd
Median Household Income # 120 70th
Per Capita Income # 359 11th

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