Meagher County, Montana

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Meagher County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Meagher County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1867
Named for Thomas Francis Meagher
Seat White Sulphur Springs
Largest city White Sulphur Springs
Area
 • Total 2,395 sq mi (6,203 km2)
 • Land 2,392 sq mi (6,195 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 1,891
 • Density 0.8/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.meaghercounty.org

Meagher County (pronounced Marr) is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,891.[1] Its county seat is White Sulphur Springs.[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 center of population of Montana is located in Meagher County at 46°47′N 111°18′W / 46.78°N 111.3°W / 46.78; -111.3[3]

History[edit]

Meagher County was named for Thomas Francis Meagher, territorial governor of Montana.

The first county seat was Diamond City, the main city of the Confederate Gulch mining district. This entire area is no longer part of Meagher County, but today lies in neighboring Broadwater County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,395 square miles (6,200 km2), of which 2,392 square miles (6,200 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,387
1880 2,743 97.8%
1890 4,749 73.1%
1900 2,526 −46.8%
1910 4,190 65.9%
1920 2,622 −37.4%
1930 2,272 −13.3%
1940 2,237 −1.5%
1950 2,079 −7.1%
1960 2,616 25.8%
1970 2,122 −18.9%
1980 2,154 1.5%
1990 1,819 −15.6%
2000 1,932 6.2%
2010 1,891 −2.1%
Est. 2013 1,937 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,932 people, 803 households, and 529 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (1/sq mi). There were 1,363 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.20% White, 1.04% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.8% were of German, 14.5% Norwegian, 13.3% English, 12.4% Irish and 7.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 803 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% 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 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 28.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $15,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,019. About 16.40% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.40% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010" (txt). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 46°48′47″N 111°12′36″W / 46.813°N 111.210°W / 46.813; -111.210