Alberton, Montana

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Alberton, Montana
Town
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Location of Alberton, Montana
Location of Alberton, Montana
Coordinates: 47°0′13″N 114°28′41″W / 47.00361°N 114.47806°W / 47.00361; -114.47806Coordinates: 47°0′13″N 114°28′41″W / 47.00361°N 114.47806°W / 47.00361; -114.47806
Country United States
State Montana
County Mineral
Area[1]
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 3,054 ft (931 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 420
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 416
 • Density 736.8/sq mi (284.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59820
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-00700
GNIS feature ID 0801984

Alberton is a town in Mineral County, Montana, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census. It was named for Albert J. Earling, president of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.[4] Alberton was the location of a major chlorine chemical release in 1996. [1], [2] Alberton is the home of Northwest Indian Bible School, a bible-training institution founded and operated by the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference.)

Geography[edit]

Natural Pier Bridge near Alberton

Alberton is located at 47°0′13″N 114°28′41″W / 47.00361°N 114.47806°W / 47.00361; -114.47806 (47.003546, -114.477977).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2), of which, 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Alberton, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32.7
(0.4)
40.3
(4.6)
48.7
(9.3)
58.1
(14.5)
67.7
(19.8)
75.7
(24.3)
86.8
(30.4)
85.1
(29.5)
73.2
(22.9)
58.3
(14.6)
42.6
(5.9)
33.2
(0.7)
58.53
(14.74)
Average low °F (°C) 17.4
(−8.1)
22.0
(−5.6)
25.1
(−3.8)
30.9
(−0.6)
37.9
(3.3)
45.1
(7.3)
49.0
(9.4)
47.6
(8.7)
40.2
(4.6)
31.9
(−0.1)
25.5
(−3.6)
19.5
(−6.9)
32.67
(0.38)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.0
(51)
1.3
(33)
1.5
(38)
1.6
(41)
1.9
(48)
2.2
(56)
0.8
(20)
1.1
(28)
1.3
(33)
1.5
(38)
1.8
(46)
1.5
(38)
18.5
(470)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 276
1940 283 2.5%
1950 326 15.2%
1960 356 9.2%
1970 363 2.0%
1980 368 1.4%
1990 354 −3.8%
2000 374 5.6%
2010 420 12.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Montana Cities/Towns: 1890-2000[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 420 people, 190 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population density was 736.8 inhabitants per square mile (284.5/km2). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 354.4 per square mile (136.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.0% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 190 households of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.5% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the town was 43.3 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 374 people, 152 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 652.7 people per square mile (253.3/km²). There were 175 housing units at an average density of 305.4 per square mile (118.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.59% White, 0.27% African American, 1.07% Native American, 0.27% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 152 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,000, and the median income for a family was $26,500. Males had a median income of $24,792 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,120. About 19.6% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

School[edit]

Alberton School began as a wooden, one room school house in the early 1900s. In 1916 there was a fire that burned down the original school. In 1920 a new brick building was built, this later became the elementary school building. The brick building is part of the National Register of Historical Places.[10] The current high school building is only 50 ft from the elementary building and is roughly octagonal in shape. Both buildings have two stories and are connected by an underground tunnel. The school's mascot is the Panthers and they have Football, Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball and Track and Field on campus. The school also participates in Wrestling, Tennis and Golf as part of cooperatives with other schools in the area. The school transferred from 8 man to 6 man football in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Aarstad, Rich, Ellie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porsild, and Brian Shovers. Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Press.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Alberton, Montana". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  7. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  8. ^ POPULATION OF INCORPORATED PLACES* (CITIES/TOWNS) IN MONTANA, 1890 TO 2000
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ Information from a linked document listing Historic Sites in Mineral County. Historical Society - National Register of Historic Places