Dawson County, Montana
|Dawson County, Montana|
Location in the state of Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
2,383 sq mi (6,172 km²)
2,373 sq mi (6,146 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 0.42%
3/sq mi (1/km²)
Dawson County was created in 1869 from the northern half of the original Big Horn County. The name comes from Major Andrew Dawson, manager of the Fort Benton Trading Post for the American Fur Company from 1856 to 1864.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,383 square miles (6,171.9 km2), of which 2,373 square miles (6,146.0 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) (0.42%) is water.
Major highways 
- Interstate 94
- U.S. Highway 10 (Former)
- Montana Highway 16
- Montana Highway 200
- Montana Highway 200 (Alternate)
- Montana Highway 254
Adjacent counties 
- Richland County, Montana - north
- Wibaux County, Montana - east
- Prairie County, Montana - south
- McCone County, Montana - west
|McCone County||Wibaux County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,059 people, 3,625 households, and 2,475 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,168 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.43% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 1.23% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.7% were of German, 17.0% Norwegian, 7.3% Irish and 6.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.0% spoke English, 1.4% German and 1.0% Spanish as their first language.
There were 3,625 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,393, and the median income for a family was $38,455. Males had a median income of $29,487 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,368. About 11.70% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.70% of those under age 18 and 11.20% of those age 65 or over.
Census-designated place 
Dawson Community College is located in Glendive.
See also 
- List of cemeteries in Dawson County, Montana
- List of lakes in Dawson County, Montana
- List of mountains in Dawson County, Montana
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Dawson County, Montana
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Montana Place Names Companion". Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing. ISBN 1-56044-493-2.
- Dawson County EDC. "Welcome". Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.