Kenmare ND - Community Demographics

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Kenmare Demographics Summary

population icon With 1,096 people, Kenmare is the 49th most populated city in the state of North Dakota out of 401 cities.

income icon In 2010, the median household income of Kenmare residents was $45,069.

age icon The median age for Kenmare residents is 46.7 years young.

race icon The largest Kenmare racial/ethnic groups are White (94.8%) followed by Hispanic (2.6%) and Two or more races (1.1%).


Kenmare Median Age

Median Age 46.7 years
Median Age - Females 48.3 years
Median Age - Males 45.4 years
Source: Census 2010 SF1 Table P13 Median Age by Male/Female

Other Kenmare Facts

Location: Ward County, 50 miles northwest of Minot, North Dakota.

Origins: Founded in 1897, when the town's first official post office opened. Kenmare's original settlers were primarily Scandinavians coming to the state during the homesteading years. Although most were Norwegians, there were some Danes, Swedes, and Germans as well.

Name: Kenmare, N.D., is believed to be named after Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland. As the story goes, the daughter of a Soo Line Railroad official went through North Dakota on one of the first passenger trains after the rail line was opened. She had traveled in Europe and was reminded of Kenmare, Ireland, which also sets on rolling hills overlooking an ocean bay. At her suggestion, the North Dakotans adopted the name.

Vital Statistics: Population approximately 1,200.

Primary industries: Farming, energy development (oil and wind).

Average rainfall: 16 inches.

Average winter temperature: 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Average summer temperature: 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Average price for a single-family home: $48,000.

Distinctions: The downtown park square, center of the city's business district, contains an authentic Danish windmill, built in 1902 near Kenmare, by a Danish immigrant farmer. The 19,544 acre Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge has its headquarters in Kenmare. Des Lacs draws bird watchers from around the world to see the Baird Sparrow, Marbled Godwit, Canvasback Duck, White Pelican, Western Grebe, and nearly 250 other species of birds. Des Lacs is also an attraction for goose hunters, when, in the fall, the refuge is host to 400,000 snow geese at the peak of migration.