Burleigh County, ND
Named after a Dakota Territory politician, Walter A. Burleigh, Burleigh County was officially established in 1873. The county has an estimated population of 95,273. Burleigh is home to the state capital, Bismark.
Cass County, ND
Cass County was established in 1873 and named after the president of the Northern Pacific Railroad at the time, George Washing Cass (1810-1888). It is the most populous county in the state of North Dakota, with an estimated 2018 population of 181,516. Within its boundaries flows the Red River of the North, one of the only rivers in the world that flows north. Out of its 1,768 square miles, only 3 square miles is water.
Grand Forks County, ND
Grand Forks County was established on January 4, 1873. The boundaries of the county have encompassed 1,440 square miles since 1883. It is the third most populous county in the state. Grand Forks hosts the annual Potato Bowl football game.
Ward County, ND
The boundaries of Ward County have been adjusted five times since the county was established. The current boundaries covers 2,056 square miles and has been that way since 1910. Established by the Dakota Territory Legislature on April 14, 1885, Ward County has an estimated population of 67,744.
Williams County, ND
A 2018 estimated population of 35,350 places Williams County as the fifth most populous county in the state. It was established on December 8, 1891 and was named in honor of Erastus Appleman Williams who served in the Dakota Territory and North Dakota Legislatures. Within its boundaries lies The Confluence - where the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers meet.