Counties in North Dakota

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There are 53 counties in North Dakota.[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.[4]

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.[4]

County website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of North Dakota county websites

As of 2009:

  • Only five of the 53 counties posted their county budgets online.
  • 15 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 21 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 22 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 10 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • One county put information on its website about external audits.
  • No counties gave information about their contracts with county vendors.
  • No county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • No counties provided information on how to request public records using the North Dakota Open Records Statute.
  • Eight county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Counties

County County seat
Adams County, North Dakota Hettinger
Barnes County, North Dakota Valley City
Benson County, North Dakota Minnewaukan
Billings County, North Dakota Medora
Bottineau County, North Dakota Bottineau
Bowman County, North Dakota Bowman
Burke County, North Dakota Bowbells
Burleigh County, North Dakota Bismarck, North Dakota
Cass County, North Dakota Fargo, North Dakota
Cavalier County, North Dakota Langdon
Dickey County, North Dakota Ellendale
Divide County, North Dakota Crosby
Dunn County, North Dakota Manning
Eddy County, North Dakota New Rockford
Emmons County, North Dakota Linton
Foster County, North Dakota Carrington
Golden Valley County, North Dakota Beach
Grand Forks County, North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grant County, North Dakota Carson
Griggs County, North Dakota Cooperstown
Hettinger County, North Dakota Mott
Kidder County, North Dakota Steele
LaMoure County, North Dakota La Moure
Logan County, North Dakota Napoleon
McHenry County, North Dakota Towner
McIntosh County, North Dakota Ashley
McKenzie County, North Dakota Watford City
McLean County, North Dakota Washburn
Mercer County, North Dakota Stanton
Morton County, North Dakota Mandan, North Dakota
Mountrail County, North Dakota Stanley
Nelson County, North Dakota Lakota
Oliver County, North Dakota Center
Pembina County, North Dakota Cavalier
Pierce County, North Dakota Rugby
Ramsey County, North Dakota Devils Lake
Ransom County, North Dakota Lisbon
Renville County, North Dakota Mohall
Richland County, North Dakota Wahpeton
Rolette County, North Dakota Rolla
Sargent County, North Dakota Forman
Sheridan County, North Dakota McClusky
Sioux County, North Dakota Fort Yates
Slope County, North Dakota Amidon
Stark County, North Dakota Dickinson
Steele County, North Dakota Finley
Stutsman County, North Dakota Jamestown
Towner County, North Dakota Cando
Traill County, North Dakota Hillsboro
Walsh County, North Dakota Grafton
Ward County, North Dakota Minot, North Dakota
Wells County, North Dakota Fessenden
Williams County, North Dakota Williston

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