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Velva, North Dakota
—  City  —
Location of Velva, North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°3′29″N 100°55′48″W / 48.05806°N 100.93°W / 48.05806; -100.93
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McHenry
 - Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 - Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,512 ft (461 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,049
 - Density 1,359.7/sq mi (525.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58790
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-81620[1]
GNIS feature ID 1032637[2]
Website [1]

Velva is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 1,049 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. Velva was founded in 1897. It is the birthplace of television correspondent Eric Sevareid.



Velva is located at 48°3′29″N 100°55′48″W / 48.05806°N 100.93°W / 48.05806; -100.93 (48.058081, -100.930092)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,049 people, 436 households, and 275 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,359.7 people per square mile (526.0/km²). There were 483 housing units at an average density of 626.1/sq mi (242.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.33% White, 0.10% African American, 0.19% Native American, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 436 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% 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 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,738, and the median income for a family was $36,477. Males had a median income of $26,726 versus $17,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,267. About 7.8% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.


Agricultural processing and software development are the main primary-sector industries. Velva is the headquarters of the Verendrye Electric Cooperative, formerly located in nearby Verendrye, and is seeing use as a bedroom community for Minot.


Velva Public School has approximately 475 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12, all present in the same building.

High school championships
  • State Class 'B' football: 1983
  • State Class 'A' football: 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
  • State Class 'B' baseball: 1984, 1986
  • State Class 'B' girls basketball: 1999


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