Ray, North Dakota

Ray is a city in Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 740 at the 2020 census.[3]

Ray, North Dakota
Motto: 
"The Grain Palace City"
Location of Ray, North Dakota
Location of Ray, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°20′42″N 103°9′59″W / 48.34500°N 103.16639°W / 48.34500; -103.16639Coordinates: 48°20′42″N 103°9′59″W / 48.34500°N 103.16639°W / 48.34500; -103.16639
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
CountyWilliams
Founded1902
Area
 • Total1.36 sq mi (3.51 km2)
 • Land1.32 sq mi (3.42 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
2,274 ft (693 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total740
 • Density560.61/sq mi (216.50/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58849
Area code701
FIPS code38-65580
GNIS feature ID1030849[2]
Websiteraynd.com

HistoryEdit

 
Ray, North Dakota (panorama postcard)

Ray was founded in 1902. The city was named in honor of Al G. Ray, a railroad official.[4] A post office has been in operation at Ray since 1902.[5]

GeographyEdit

Ray is located at 48°20′42″N 103°9′59″W / 48.34500°N 103.16639°W / 48.34500; -103.16639 (48.344875, -103.166292).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), of which 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[7]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910436
192056329.1%
193062110.3%
1940579−6.8%
195072124.5%
19601,04945.5%
1970776−26.0%
1980766−1.3%
1990603−21.3%
2000534−11.4%
201059210.9%
202074025.0%
2021 (est.)706[8]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2020 Census[3]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census of 2010, there were 592 people, 276 households, and 163 families residing in the city. The population density was 586.1 inhabitants per square mile (226.3/km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 298.0 per square mile (115.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 2.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 276 households, of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 46.1 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 35% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.2% male and 46.8% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census of 2000, there were 534 people, 232 households, and 154 families residing in the city. The population density was 531.5 people per square mile (206.2/km2). There were 296 housing units at an average density of 294.6 per square mile (114.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.06% White, 0.56% Native American, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 232 households, out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $41,771. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,064. About 2.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

It is within the Nesson School District (Ray Public School).[10]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Delbert F. Anderson, farmer and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, was born in Ray.
  • Mary Sherman Morgan, inventor of Hydyne, which was combined with liquid oxygen to propel the first US rocket into orbit (1958), was born in Ray.
  • Claudia Meier Volk, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, lived in Ray.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State. WPA. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-62376-033-5.
  5. ^ "Williams County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". United States Census Bureau. July 16, 2022. Retrieved July 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Williams County, ND" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2021.