Counties with the highest rate of food insecurity in North Dakota

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February 5, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecurity in North Dakota

Every county in the United States is home to people experiencing food insecurity, defined by the nonprofit Feeding America as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

The USDA estimates that 89.5% of U.S. households were food secure throughout 2019—that’s 116.0 million people. The COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on households already experiencing food hardship, with Feeding America estimating that 42 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, may experience food insecurity in 2021. This is a slight improvement from 2020 numbers but still represents an enormous burden for millions of children and adults.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in North Dakota with the highest rate of food insecurity using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of population with food insecurity as of 2019.

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#50. Dickey County

- Food insecurity rate: 3.4% (170 total)
--- 68.8% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 5.5% (60 total)
--- 62.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $93,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.22

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#49. Sargent County

- Food insecurity rate: 3.8% (150 total)
--- 65.1% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 6.1% (50 total)
--- 58.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $84,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.26

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#48. Logan County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.1% (80 total)
--- 62.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.1% (30 total)
--- 51.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $46,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36

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#47. Bowman County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.1% (130 total)
--- 62.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 5.6% (40 total)
--- 61.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $78,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.49

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#46. Dunn County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.4% (190 total)
--- 59.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 6.5% (70 total)
--- 55.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $121,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.72

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#45. Traill County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.5% (360 total)
--- 58.7% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.0% (120 total)
--- 52.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $201,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.26

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#44. Williams County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.5% (1,600 total)
--- 58.7% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.1% (700 total)
--- 51.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $968,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.54

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#43. Morton County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.6% (1,420 total)
--- 57.8% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.4% (500 total)
--- 49.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $783,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.23

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#42. Oliver County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.7% (90 total)
--- 56.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 10.7% (50 total)
--- 26.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $52,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36

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#41. Adams County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.7% (110 total)
--- 56.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.2% (40 total)
--- 50.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $64,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.40

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#40. Mercer County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.7% (390 total)
--- 56.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.3% (180 total)
--- 36.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $226,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.38

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#39. McLean County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.7% (450 total)
--- 56.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.9% (180 total)
--- 39.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $260,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.38

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#38. Burleigh County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.8% (4,580 total)
--- 56.0% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.3% (1,610 total)
--- 50.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,639,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.37

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#37. Hettinger County

- Food insecurity rate: 4.9% (120 total)
--- 55.0% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.7% (50 total)
--- 33.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $71,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.48

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#36. Pembina County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.0% (350 total)
--- 54.1% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.2% (120 total)
--- 43.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $215,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.59

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#35. Foster County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.1% (170 total)
--- 53.2% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 7.9% (50 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $96,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.29

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#34. Cavalier County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.2% (200 total)
--- 52.3% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 11.1% (90 total)
--- 24.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $107,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.12

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#33. Divide County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (120 total)
--- 51.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 6.5% (30 total)
--- 55.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $76,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.71

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#32. Ransom County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (280 total)
--- 51.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.3% (90 total)
--- 43.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $157,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.27

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#31. Stark County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.3% (1,630 total)
--- 51.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 6.6% (530 total)
--- 54.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $970,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.48

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#30. McHenry County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.5% (320 total)
--- 49.5% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.1% (130 total)
--- 37.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $184,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.36

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#29. Slope County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.6% (40 total)
--- 48.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.4% (10 total)
--- 42.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $24,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.54

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#28. Billings County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.6% (50 total)
--- 48.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.6% (20 total)
--- 34.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $32,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.69

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#27. Ward County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.6% (3,840 total)
--- 48.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.6% (1,400 total)
--- 41.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,235,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.40

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#26. Richland County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.7% (930 total)
--- 47.7% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.3% (320 total)
--- 36.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $512,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.22

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#25. Golden Valley County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.9% (110 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.5% (30 total)
--- 41.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $69,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.69

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#24. Griggs County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.9% (140 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 11.2% (60 total)
--- 23.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $77,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.23

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#23. Mountrail County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.9% (610 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 10.1% (280 total)
--- 30.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $371,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.56

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#22. Walsh County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.9% (640 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.1% (220 total)
--- 37.7% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $353,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.23

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#21. Cass County

- Food insecurity rate: 5.9% (10,430 total)
--- 45.9% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 8.4% (3,320 total)
--- 42.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $5,846,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.28

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#20. McKenzie County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.1% (820 total)
--- 44.0% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.6% (410 total)
--- 34.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $510,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.64

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#19. McIntosh County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.2% (160 total)
--- 43.1% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 10.6% (50 total)
--- 27.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $89,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.25

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#18. Wells County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.2% (250 total)
--- 43.1% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 10.2% (90 total)
--- 30.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $143,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.34

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#17. Towner County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.5% (140 total)
--- 40.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 10.4% (50 total)
--- 28.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $75,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.12

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#16. Emmons County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.5% (210 total)
--- 40.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.4% (60 total)
--- 35.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $120,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.34

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#15. Bottineau County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.6% (430 total)
--- 39.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 12.9% (180 total)
--- 11.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $246,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.34

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#14. Grant County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.7% (160 total)
--- 38.5% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 11.2% (50 total)
--- 23.3% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $93,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.39

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#13. Kidder County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.8% (170 total)
--- 37.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 12.2% (60 total)
--- 16.4% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $97,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.35

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#12. Barnes County

- Food insecurity rate: 6.8% (720 total)
--- 37.6% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 11.6% (240 total)
--- 20.5% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $403,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.28

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#11. LaMoure County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.0% (290 total)
--- 35.8% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 13.9% (120 total)
--- 4.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $163,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.28

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#10. Stutsman County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.4% (1,540 total)
--- 32.1% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 12.7% (530 total)
--- 13.0% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $861,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.27

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#9. Sheridan County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.5% (110 total)
--- 31.2% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 16.3% (40 total)
--- 11.6% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $63,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.37

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#8. Grand Forks County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.6% (5,330 total)
--- 30.3% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 9.7% (1,420 total)
--- 33.6% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $2,960,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.25

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#7. Nelson County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.8% (230 total)
--- 28.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 13.6% (70 total)
--- 6.8% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $127,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.23

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#6. Pierce County

- Food insecurity rate: 7.8% (320 total)
--- 28.4% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 15.0% (130 total)
--- 2.7% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $181,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.30

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#5. Eddy County

- Food insecurity rate: 8.9% (200 total)
--- 18.3% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 13.7% (70 total)
--- 6.2% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $107,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.14

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#4. Ramsey County

- Food insecurity rate: 8.9% (1,030 total)
--- 18.3% lower than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 12.1% (330 total)
--- 17.1% lower than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $553,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.14

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#3. Benson County

- Food insecurity rate: 15.3% (1,050 total)
--- 40.4% higher than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 26.1% (620 total)
--- 78.8% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $564,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.14

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#2. Rolette County

- Food insecurity rate: 15.6% (2,270 total)
--- 43.1% higher than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 25.7% (1,260 total)
--- 76.0% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $1,187,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.06

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#1. Sioux County

- Food insecurity rate: 18.2% (800 total)
--- 67.0% higher than national average
- Child food insecurity rate: 25.6% (400 total)
--- 75.3% higher than national average
- Annual food budget shortfall: $458,000
--- Cost per meal: $3.35

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