Fessenden, North Dakota

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Fessenden, North Dakota

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High Points

Fessenden strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Dakota):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Fessenden Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Fessenden Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 8% Fessenden Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Fessenden, North Dakota

Comparing Fessenden to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 6
Age of the Population 9 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 7
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 5
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 6
Average Household Size 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
People Above Poverty 6 5
Median Family Income 4 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Housing Recently Built 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2

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Fessenden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles NE of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 355 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Wells
Standard Zip Codes 58438
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.649
Longitude -99.628

Fessenden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp -6 to 16 F
Apr Temp 29 to 54 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 31 to 56 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Station HARVEY
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 85 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 16 F
Apr Temp 26 to 52 F
Jul Temp 54 to 80 F
Oct Temp 28 to 55 F
Annual Precip 16.8 inches
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Fessenden Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 625 100%
Male 301 48.2%
Female 324 51.8%
Under 18 161 25.8%
18+ 464 74.2%
65+ 156 25%
Median Age 43.8
Average Family Size 2.91
White 620 99.2%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 3 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1 0.2%

Estimated Fessenden Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 547
Growth -78
Growth % -12.5%

Fessenden Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 57.5%
Norwegian 25.9%
Swedish 3.2%
Irish 2.6%
US/American 1.5%
French Canadian 1.3%
Russian 1.3%
Belgian 1.1%
Polish 0.9%
English 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
German Russian 0.6%
Pennsylvania German 0.6%
Scottish 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Romanian 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fessenden 625 $38,304
Bowdon 139 $31,250
Harvey 1,989 $45,250
Maddock 498 $32,500
New Rockford 1,463 $43,438
Sykeston 153 $28,750
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Fessenden High Schools (2004)

500 2ND ST N
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

Fessenden Colleges

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