As of the census of 2000, there were 7,442 people, 3,010 households, and 2,007 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km˛). There were 3,455 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km˛). The racial makeup of the county was 95.30% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 1.13% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 3.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 57.5% were of Norwegian and 21.7% German ancestry according to Census 2000.