Polson, Montana

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Polson, Montana
Town
Polson and Flathead Lake
Polson and Flathead Lake
Location of Polson, Montana
Location of Polson, Montana
Coordinates: 47°41′17″N 114°9′24″W / 47.68806°N 114.15667°W / 47.68806; -114.15667Coordinates: 47°41′17″N 114°9′24″W / 47.68806°N 114.15667°W / 47.68806; -114.15667
Country United States
State Montana
County Lake
Area[1]
 • Total 4.17 sq mi (10.80 km2)
 • Land 4.14 sq mi (10.72 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 2,927 ft (892 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,488
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,585
 • Density 1,084.1/sq mi (418.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59860
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-58750
GNIS feature ID 0775341

Polson (Salish: nč̓mqnetkʷ, Ktunaxa: kwat̕aq̓nuk)[4][5] is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. It is also on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The population was 4,488 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County.[6] The city was named after pioneer rancher David Polson.

Geography[edit]

Polson is located at 47°41′17″N 114°9′24″W / 47.68806°N 114.15667°W / 47.68806; -114.15667 (47.688089, -114.156766)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.17 square miles (10.80 km2), of which, 4.14 square miles (10.72 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,132
1930 1,455 28.5%
1940 2,156 48.2%
1950 2,280 5.8%
1960 2,314 1.5%
1970 2,464 6.5%
1980 2,798 13.6%
1990 3,291 17.6%
2000 4,041 22.8%
2010 4,488 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Montana Cities/Towns: 1890-2000[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,488 people, 1,991 households, and 1,150 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,084.1 inhabitants per square mile (418.6 /km2). There were 2,506 housing units at an average density of 605.3 per square mile (233.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.7% White, 0.2% African American, 15.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 8.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 1,991 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 35.7% 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 2.21 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,041 people, 1,739 households, and 1,052 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,490.9 people per square mile (575.7/km²). There were 1,977 housing units at an average density of 729.4 per square mile (281.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.25% White, 0.15% African American, 16.11% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 4.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 1,739 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,870, and the median income for a family was $30,833. Males had a median income of $21,113 versus $19,210 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,777. About 16.0% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Polson experiences a continental climate (Köppen Dfb).

Climate data for Polson, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
(14)
66
(19)
74
(23)
84
(29)
91
(33)
98
(37)
104
(40)
101
(38)
93
(34)
83
(28)
71
(22)
62
(17)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 32.6
(0.3)
38.2
(3.4)
46.7
(8.2)
57.2
(14)
65.8
(18.8)
73.5
(23.1)
81.5
(27.5)
81.2
(27.3)
70.0
(21.1)
56.6
(13.7)
41.1
(5.1)
33.1
(0.6)
56.46
(13.59)
Daily mean °F (°C) 26.6
(−3)
30.9
(−0.6)
37.7
(3.2)
46.1
(7.8)
53.9
(12.2)
61.1
(16.2)
67.5
(19.7)
67.4
(19.7)
57.6
(14.2)
46.6
(8.1)
34.6
(1.4)
27.4
(−2.6)
46.45
(8.03)
Average low °F (°C) 20.5
(−6.4)
23.5
(−4.7)
28.7
(−1.8)
34.9
(1.6)
41.9
(5.5)
48.6
(9.2)
53.5
(11.9)
53.5
(11.9)
45.2
(7.3)
36.5
(2.5)
28.1
(−2.2)
21.6
(−5.8)
36.38
(2.42)
Record low °F (°C) −30
(−34)
−27
(−33)
−10
(−23)
−1
(−18)
17
(−8)
26
(−3)
37
(3)
31
(−1)
16
(−9)
1
(−17)
−21
(−29)
−25
(−32)
−30
(−34)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.11
(28.2)
0.88
(22.4)
1.04
(26.4)
1.33
(33.8)
2.32
(58.9)
2.14
(54.4)
1.31
(33.3)
1.32
(33.5)
1.30
(33)
1.07
(27.2)
1.15
(29.2)
1.18
(30)
16.15
(410.3)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000) [11]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records) [12]

Media[edit]

Polson, southern end of Flathead Lake

Newspapers[edit]

AM radio[edit]

FM radio[edit]

Television[edit]

KwaTuqNuk resort, Polson

Analog Stations

Digital Stations

KPAX Missoula, Montana

KTMF Missoula, Montana

KECI Missoula, Montana

References[edit]

Some clouds over Flathead Lake in Polson Montana
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  12. ^ "Monthly Averages for Polson, MT". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
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