Custer County, Montana
|Custer County, Montana|
Custer County Courthouse in Miles City
Location in the state of Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Miles City|
3,793 sq mi (9,824 km²)
3,783 sq mi (9,798 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 0.27%
3/sq mi (1/km²)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,793 square miles (9,823.8 km2), of which 3,783 square miles (9,797.9 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) (0.27%) is water.
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
- Prairie County, Montana - north
- Fallon County, Montana - east
- Carter County, Montana - southeast
- Powder River County, Montana - south
- Rosebud County, Montana - west
- Garfield County, Montana - northwest
||Garfield County||Prairie County|
|Rosebud County||Fallon County|
|Powder River County||Carter County|
The main source of income for Custer County has largely come from cattle ranching and dryland farming. Miles City serves as the center of commerce in an area extending for 100 miles in every direction. As of 2009 the largest employers were Holy Rosary Healthcare, Sanjel USA, Stockman Bank and Walmart.
At the 2000 census, there were 11,696 people, 4,768 households and 3,089 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,360 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.02% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 12.0% Norwegian, 8.4% English, 8.3% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English, 1.5% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.
There were 4,768 households of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.20% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.
25.10% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.
The median household income was $30,000 and the median family income was $38,779. Males had a median income of $27,857 compared with $18,343 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,876. About 10.10% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.10% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.
Unincorporated communities 
See also 
- List of cemeteries in Custer County, Montana
- List of lakes in Custer County, Montana
- List of mountains in Custer County, Montana
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Custer County, Montana
- 2010 Census. "Montana". Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing. ISBN 1-56044-493-2.
- Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (September 2010). "Demographic & Economic Information for Custer County". Retrieved 23 July 2011.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.