Demographics

Clay County comprises 673,759 acres or 1,053 square miles. The county is 36 miles long and 30 miles wide.

Demographic Forecast Report for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area


View the 2017 Demographic Forecast on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments website.

Clay County Specifics


Neighboring counties include:
  • Norman County to the north
  • Becker County to the east
  • Otter Tail and Wilkin counties to the south
  • Cass County of North Dakota to the west
There are 7 villages in Clay County. They include:
  • Averill
  • Baker
  • Dale
  • Downer
  • Kragnes
  • Rollag
  • Rustad
There are 11 incorporated cities in Clay County. They include:
  • Barnesville
  • Comstock
  • Dilworth
  • Felton
  • Georgetown
  • Glyndon
  • Hawley
  • Hitterdal
  • Moorhead
  • Sabin
  • Ulen
Minnesota Map Showing Clay County
There are 30 townships in Clay County. They include:
  • Alliance
  • Barnesville
  • Cromwell
  • Eglon
  • Elkton
  • Elmwood
  • Felton
  • Flowing
  • Georgetown
  • Glyndon
  • Goose Prairie
  • Hagen
  • Hawley
  • Highland Grove
  • Holy Cross
  • Humboldt
  • Keene
  • Kragnes
  • Kurtz
  • Moland
  • Moorhead
  • Morken
  • Oakport
  • Parke
  • Riverton
  • Skree
  • Spring Prairie
  • Tansem
  • Ulen
  • Viding
For information on township officials, view the County and Township Officials list.

Clay County vs Minnesota
Clay County's population has grown from 25,227 people in 1940 to 58,999 in 2010. The population increased 15.2% between 2000 and 2010. The City of Moorhead is the most populated city, with 38,065 residents. Person under 18 years of age comprise 22.7% of the county population while persons 65 and over comprise 12.4%.

Clay County maintains a 70.9% rate of home ownership, compared to 74.9% statewide. The poverty rate for Clay County, in 2009, was 13.0%, compared to the state average of 10.9%.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis listed the 2009 Per Capita Personal Income (PCPI) for Clay County at $34,304. The 1999 - 2009 average annual growth rate of PCPI was 4.4% in Clay County, 3.2% for the state and 3.4% for the nation. Clay County is fortunate to have a variety of industries, including agricultural and educational.