Carrington, North Dakota

Carrington, North Dakota
Carrington, North Dakota
—  City  —
Grain Elevator in Carrington
Nickname(s): Central City
Location of Carrington, North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°27′0″N 99°7′26″W / 47.45°N 99.12389°W / 47.45; -99.12389Coordinates: 47°27′0″N 99°7′26″W / 47.45°N 99.12389°W / 47.45; -99.12389
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Foster
 – Mayor Don Frye
 – Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 – Land 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,588 ft (484 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 – Total 2,065
 – Density 1,531.9/sq mi (591.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58421
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-12340[2]
GNIS feature ID 1028287[3]
Highways US 52, US 281, ND 200

Carrington is a city in Foster County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Foster County.[4] The population was 2,065 at the 2010 census.[1] Carrington was founded in 1883.

Carrington is home to Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc.



According to the United States Census Bureau, Carrington has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land. Carrington's zip code is 58421. The area code is 701 area code. Carrington has 5 local phone codes. 307, 649, 650, 652, and 653.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 1,217
1920 1,420 16.7%
1930 1,717 20.9%
1940 1,850 7.7%
1950 2,101 13.6%
1960 2,438 16.0%
1970 2,491 2.2%
1980 2,641 6.0%
1990 2,267 −14.2%
2000 2,268 0%
2010 2,065 −9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,268 people, 961 households, and 594 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,531.9 people per square mile (591.7/km²). There were 1,057 housing units at an average density of 713.9 per square mile (275.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.81% White, 0.18% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 961 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,197, and the median income for a family was $41,654. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $19,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,012. About 7.0% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Local Media


  • Foster County Independent

AM Radio

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1600 AM KDAK Dakota Country Radio Full Service/Country Ingstad Family Media Carrington


Midcontinent Communications provides cable service to the city of Carrington[5][6] and New Rockford. Dakota Central Telecommunications provides cable service to Carrington, Jamestown, and other nearby communities.


The city of Carrington is served by Carrington Elementary School and Carrington High School. Prairie View Adventist School is also in Carrington.


Two federal highways pass through Carrington. U.S. 281 runs North and South through the area. U.S. 52 runs east and west co-signed with ND 200 and to U.S. 281 then runs northwest and southeast route. ND 200 runs east and west through the area.

Highways that run through Carrington include U.S. 52, U.S. 281, ND 200, and Foster County CR 1605. The city is also served by both the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Red River Valley and Western Railroad.

Major Roads and Streets

North and South

  • 4th Avenue U.S. 281 (City Park, Crossroads Golf Course, residential, commercial, industrial)
  • 11th Avenue (North of Main Street) (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • 13th Avenue (South of Main Street) (residential, industrial)
  • 14th Avenue (South of Main Street) (residential, industrial)
  • 66th Avenue SE 19th Avenue (Old Hwy 281) ( Foster County Fairgrounds, industrial)

East and West

  • 11th Street North (Dakota Growers, industrial)
  • Highway 200 Carrington Airport, residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Main Street (Carrington High School, residential, central business district, commercial, industrial)
  • 3rd Street South (City Park, Stadium of 76, Foster County Fairgrounds, residential)
  • 7th Street South (residential, industrial)

Notable people


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