Blaine County, Montana

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Blaine County, Montana
Blaine County Courthouse.JPG
Blaine County Courthouse in Chinook, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Blaine County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1912
Named for James G. Blaine
Seat Chinook
Largest city Chinook
 • Total 4,239 sq mi (10,979 km2)
 • Land 4,226 sq mi (10,945 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (34 km2), 0.30%
 • (2010) 6,491
 • Density 3/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Blaine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,491.[1] Its county seat is Chinook.[2] The county was named in honor of James G. Blaine, former United States Secretary of State. It is south from the Canadian border of Saskatchewan.


In 1912 Blaine, Phillips and Hill counties withdrew from Chouteau County to form their own counties. The original boundary of Blaine County included a portion of land in the west that is included in Phillips County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,239 square miles (10,979.0 km2), of which 4,226 square miles (10,945.3 km2) is land and 13 square miles (33.7 km2) (0.30%) is water.[3]

The majority of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is located in the southeastern part of the county.[4]

Features of the area include the Milk River, Bears Paw Mountains, and the Little Rocky Mountains.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


The main industry in Blaine County is agriculture.[5] The main employers on the Reservation are the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,057
1930 9,006 −0.6%
1940 9,566 6.2%
1950 8,516 −11.0%
1960 8,091 −5.0%
1970 6,727 −16.9%
1980 6,999 4.0%
1990 6,728 −3.9%
2000 7,009 4.2%
2010 6,491 −7.4%
Est. 2012 6,683 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,009 people, 2,501 households, and 1,793 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,947 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 52.58% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 45.37% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.8% were of German and 8.1% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 91.7% spoke English, 3.8% German and 2.0% Dakota as their first language.

There were 2,501 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county the population was spread out with 32.60% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,247, and the median income for a family was $30,616. Males had a median income of $23,627 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,101. About 23.40% of families and 28.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated places[edit]


Fort Belknap College is located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Harlem High school is located in Harlem home of the Wild cats Class B Chinook High school is located in Chinook home of the mighty Beeters(Sugar Beeters)Class C Turner High school is located in Turner their mascot is the Tornados Class C

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 1-56044-493-2. 
  5. ^ Maxim Technologies. "Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan". Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ State of Montana, DLI. "Demographic & Economic Information for Fort Belknap Reservation". Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 48°26′N 108°58′W / 48.44°N 108.96°W / 48.44; -108.96