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Walsh County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakotamarker. As of 2000, the population was 12,389. Its county seat is Graftonmarker.

Walsh County was created by the 1881 territorial legislature and organized on August 30, 1881 from the northern parts of Grand Forks Countymarker and southern parts of Pembina Countymarker. It is named in honor of George H. Walsh (1845 – 1913), a newspaperman and politician in Grand Forksmarker. Grafton became the county seat in 1881.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,352 km²), of which, 1,282 square miles (3,320 km²) of it is land and 12 square miles (32 km²) of it (0.96%) is water.


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As of the census of 2000, there were 12,389 people, 5,029 households, and 3,319 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 5,757 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.86% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 5.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.7% were of Norwegian, 14.6% German, 8.7% Polish and 8.0% Czech ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,029 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,845, and the median income for a family was $41,619. Males had a median income of $28,080 versus $19,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,496. About 7.70% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.



Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.

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