Dillon, Montana

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Dillon, Montana
City
Location of Dillon, Montana
Location of Dillon, Montana
Coordinates: 45°12′57″N 112°38′3″W / 45.21583°N 112.63417°W / 45.21583; -112.63417Coordinates: 45°12′57″N 112°38′3″W / 45.21583°N 112.63417°W / 45.21583; -112.63417
Country United States
State Montana
County Beaverhead
Area[1]
 • Total 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Land 1.76 sq mi (4.56 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,240 ft (1,560 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,134
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,201
 • Density 2,348.9/sq mi (906.9/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59725
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-20800
GNIS feature ID 0770653
Website www.dillonmt.org

Dillon is a city in and the county seat of Beaverhead County, Montana, United States.[4] The population was 4,134 at the 2010 census.

Southeast Corner of the intersection of Bannack and Montana Streets, Dillon, Montana, in 1942. The photo was taken by Russell Lee

History[edit]

Dillon, Montana, was named for Sidney Dillon, a railroad executive.[5]

Geography[edit]

Dillon, Montana, from the Interstate 15 offramp

Dillon is located at 45°12′57″N 112°38′3″W / 45.21583°N 112.63417°W / 45.21583; -112.63417 (45.215735, -112.634055),[6] at an elevation of 5102 feet (1555 m).[7] It lies approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of the Continental Divide.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.76 square miles (4.56 km2), all of it land.[1]

Dillon is home to the Beaverhead River, a "blue ribbon" fly fishing river.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 711
1890 1,012 42.3%
1900 1,530 51.2%
1910 1,835 19.9%
1920 2,701 47.2%
1930 2,422 −10.3%
1940 3,014 24.4%
1950 3,268 8.4%
1960 3,690 12.9%
1970 4,548 23.3%
1980 3,976 −12.6%
1990 3,991 0.4%
2000 3,752 −6.0%
2010 4,134 10.2%
source:
[8] U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Montana Cities/Towns: 1890-2000[10]

In April 2010, Dillon was listed as one of "America's Prettiest Towns" according to Forbes Magazine.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,134 people, 1,774 households, and 897 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,348.9 inhabitants per square mile (906.9 /km2). There were 1,930 housing units at an average density of 1,096.6 per square mile (423.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 0.3% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 1,774 households of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.4% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 33.9 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 19.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 3,752 people, 1,669 households, and 934 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,300.7 people per square mile (888.7/km²). There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 1,122.7 per square mile (433.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.43% White, 0.35% African American, 1.31% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.95% of the population.

There were 1,669 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.0% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,389, and the median income for a family was $39,643. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $18,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,432. About 13.8% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

KDBM AM 1490 and KBEV-FM 98.3, owned by the Dead-Air Broadcasting Company. KDWG FM 90.9 is operated by the University of Montana Western. K219DN is a local translator for KUFM (FM), University of Montana Public Radio.

Television[edit]

Television stations come from Butte and Denver

KDVR (Channel 5) Fox Affiliate

Education[edit]

Dillon is home to University of Montana Western, formerly Western Montana College, and Beaverhead County High School.

Economy[edit]

Several of Dillon's largest employers include Barretts Minerals Inc., Barrett Hospital and HealthCare, and Beaverhead County. Great Harvest Bread Company has its franchising headquarters in Dillon.

Climate[edit]

Dillon experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.

Climate data for Dillon, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(16)
65
(18)
74
(23)
84
(29)
91
(33)
94
(34)
102
(39)
100
(38)
94
(34)
86
(30)
79
(26)
65
(18)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 34.4
(1.3)
40.4
(4.7)
48.1
(8.9)
57.3
(14.1)
66.3
(19.1)
75.2
(24)
83.5
(28.6)
82.3
(27.9)
72.2
(22.3)
60.2
(15.7)
42.9
(6.1)
34.2
(1.2)
58.08
(14.49)
Daily mean °F (°C) 24.0
(−4.4)
28.7
(−1.8)
35.6
(2)
43.3
(6.3)
51.6
(10.9)
59.3
(15.2)
65.5
(18.6)
64.2
(17.9)
55.5
(13.1)
45.7
(7.6)
32.1
(0.1)
24.1
(−4.4)
44.13
(6.76)
Average low °F (°C) 13.5
(−10.3)
16.9
(−8.4)
23.0
(−5)
29.2
(−1.6)
36.8
(2.7)
43.4
(6.3)
47.4
(8.6)
46.0
(7.8)
38.8
(3.8)
31.2
(−0.4)
21.2
(−6)
14.0
(−10)
30.12
(−1.04)
Record low °F (°C) −36
(−38)
−40
(−40)
−26
(−32)
−3
(−19)
15
(−9)
23
(−5)
30
(−1)
25
(−4)
9
(−13)
−13
(−25)
−31
(−35)
−37
(−38)
−40
(−40)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.37
(9.4)
0.25
(6.4)
0.66
(16.8)
1.22
(31)
2.25
(57.2)
1.87
(47.5)
1.19
(30.2)
1.18
(30)
1.07
(27.2)
0.85
(21.6)
0.39
(9.9)
0.35
(8.9)
11.65
(296.1)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000) [12]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records) [13]

Notable residents[edit]

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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 106. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dillon, Montana
  8. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 129.
  9. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  10. ^ POPULATION OF INCORPORATED PLACES* (CITIES/TOWNS) IN MONTANA, 1890 TO 2000
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.81". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Monthly Averages for Dillon, MT". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Edwin L. Norris". National Governors Association. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "THORKELSON, Jacob, (1876 - 1945)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

John Eric Daniels - American banker and former Chief Executive Officer of Lloyds Banking Group, born in Dillon, brother of Diana Daniels Diana Daniels - former Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Washington (D.C.) Post, born in Dillon; sister of John Eric Daniels

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