Wisdom, Montana

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Wisdom, Montana
Census-designated place
Wisdom in April 1942
Wisdom in April 1942
Location of Wisdom, Montana
Location of Wisdom, Montana
Coordinates: 45°36′58″N 113°26′59″W / 45.61611°N 113.44972°W / 45.61611; -113.44972Coordinates: 45°36′58″N 113°26′59″W / 45.61611°N 113.44972°W / 45.61611; -113.44972
Country United States
State Montana
County Beaverhead
 • Total 0.99 sq mi (2.56 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 6,050 ft (1,844 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 98
 • Density 100/sq mi (38.5/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59761
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-81250
GNIS feature ID 0793432

Wisdom is a census-designated place (CDP) in Beaverhead County, Montana, United States. The population was 98 at the 2010 census.[1] The ZIP Code of the area is 59761.


Wisdom was named for the Wisdom River, which is now named the Big Hole River, that passes through the town.[2]


Wisdom is located at 45°36′58″N 113°26′59″W / 45.61611°N 113.44972°W / 45.61611; -113.44972 (45.616120, -113.449742).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), of which 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2) is land and 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.82%, is water.[1] Wisdom's average elevation is 6,245 feet (1,903 m), about 1.2 miles above sea level.[4]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Wisdom has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[5]


The "Trading Post" store in Wisdom, Montana

2000 Census data[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[6] there were 114 people, 61 households, and 32 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 120.0 people per square mile (46.3/km²). There were 88 housing units at an average density of 92.7 per square mile (35.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.49% White, 1.75% Native American, 1.75% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 61 households out of which 11.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.5% were non-families. It is unknown how many male householders with no wife present existed. 41.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.47.

In the CDP the population dispersal was 12.3% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 43.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.2 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,583, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $21,406 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,172. There were 11.1% of families and 12.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 33.3% of those over 64.


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