Cities in North Dakota
North Dakota allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 53 total counties in North Dakota. Of those 53:
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.
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).
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.
Initiative process availability
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.
10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in North Dakota|
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Full list of cities
- See also: List of North Dakota cities
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
- Laws governing local ballot measures in North Dakota
- North Dakota ballot measures
- Counties in North Dakota