Ray, North Dakota

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Ray, North Dakota

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
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Top 3% trophy Ray Short Commute Times
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Ray Low Rate of Poverty
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Ray Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 12% Ray Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Ray, North Dakota

Comparing Ray 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
Age of the Population 10 7
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 4
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
College Educated Adults 5 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 7
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 5 4
Public Transportation Use 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 8
People Living Alone 8 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Housing Recently Built 4 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1

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Ray Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 153 miles NW of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 524 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Williams
Standard Zip Codes 58849
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.344
Longitude -103.164

Ray Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station TIOGA 1 E
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 17 F
Apr Temp 28 to 53 F
Jul Temp 54 to 81 F
Oct Temp 30 to 55 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 16 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 54 to 80 F
Oct Temp 30 to 54 F
Annual Precip 14.6 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 19 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 30 to 57 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches
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Ray Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 534 100%
Male 269 50.4%
Female 265 49.6%
Under 18 127 23.8%
18+ 407 76.2%
65+ 109 20.4%
Median Age 44.7
Average Family Size 2.9
White 529 99.1%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.6%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 2 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.6%

Estimated Ray Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 525
Growth -9
Growth % -1.7%

Ray 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
Norwegian 54.8%
German 21.5%
Swedish 4.9%
French (except Basque) 3.8%
English 3.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.2%
US/American 2%
Danish 1.6%
Scottish 1.3%
Scandinavian 1.3%
Irish 1.1%
European 0.9%
Dutch 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ray, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wheelock (58849)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ray 534 $41,771
Tioga 1,125 $36,635
Wildrose 129 $21,250
Williston 12,512 $38,713
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Ray High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

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