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This page contains a list of cities in North Dakota, and other information about local governments.

North Dakota allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 53 total counties in North Dakota. Of those 53:[1]

There are 357 total municipalities in North Dakota. Of those 357, 227 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 130 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in North Dakota consists of:

  • 53 county governments.
  • 1,314 township governments
  • 357 city governments.
  • In addition, there are 759 special districts and 183 independent school districts.[2]

Further classification:

Counties may be governed under the general law or a home rule charter. 8 of the 53 counties operate under a home rule charter. They are, with year of charter adoption: Walsh County (1986), Richland County (1990), Cass County (1994), Stutsman County (2000), Ward County (2001), Steele County (2005), Williams County (2006), and Hettinger County (2012).[3]

Cities may also be governed under the general law or a home rule charter. 130 of the 357 cities operate under a home rule charter.[1]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Dakota

The local units of government in North Dakota that make the initiative process available are:

  • All 35 general law cities with a commission or modern council form of government have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 130 charter cities have a mandated initiative process for charter amendment. Charters may also contain provisions for ordinance initiative.
  • All 45 general law counties have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 8 charter counties have a mandated initiative process for charter amendment.[1]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in North Dakota
City[4] Population City Type Next election
Fargo 107,349 Charter N/A
Bismarck 62,665 Charter N/A
Grand Forks 52,631 Charter N/A
Minot 42,485 Charter N/A
West Fargo 26,291 Charter N/A
Mandan 18,507 Charter N/A
Dickinson 18,499 Charter N/A
Williston 16,006 Charter N/A
Jamestown 15,400 Charter N/A
Wahpeton 7,731 Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of North Dakota cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 357 incorporated cities and towns in North Dakota. A full list of cities in North Dakota is available here.

See also