Blaine County, Montana
|Blaine County, Montana|
Blaine County Courthouse in Chinook
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||James G. Blaine|
|• Total||4,239 sq mi (10,979 km2)|
|• Land||4,228 sq mi (10,950 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (28 km2), 0.3%|
|• Density||1.5/sq mi (0.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC−7/−6|
Blaine County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,491. Its county seat is Chinook. The county was named in honor of James G. Blaine, former United States Secretary of State. It is south of the Canada–US border with Saskatchewan.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Education
- 7 Communities
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
In 1912 Blaine, Phillips and Hill counties withdrew from Chouteau County to form their own counties. The original boundary of Blaine County included a portion of land in the west that is included in Phillips County.
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Adjacent counties and rural municipalities
- Hill County, Montana - west
- Chouteau County, Montana - southwest
- Fergus County, Montana - south
- Phillips County, Montana - east
- Reno No. 51, Saskatchewan - northwest
- Frontier No. 19, Saskatchewan - north
- Lone Tree No. 18, Saskatchewan - northeast
National protected areas
- Black Coulee National Wildlife Refuge
- Nez Perce National Historical Park (part)
- Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,009 people, 2,501 households, and 1,793 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,947 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 52.58% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 45.37% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.8% were of German and 8.1% Norwegian ancestry. 91.7% spoke English, 3.8% German and 2.0% Dakota as their first language.
There were 2,501 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the county, the population was spread out with 32.60% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,247, and the median income for a family was $30,616. Males had a median income of $23,627 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,101. About 23.40% of families and 28.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,491 people, 2,357 households, and 1,604 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.5 inhabitants per square mile (0.58/km2). There were 2,843 housing units at an average density of 0.7 per square mile (0.27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 49.4% American Indian, 48.2% white, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.0% were German, 9.2% were Norwegian, 6.6% were Irish, 5.7% were English, and 2.0% were American.
Of the 2,357 households, 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.9% were non-families, and 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.28. The median age was 35.1 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,034 and the median income for a family was $40,890. Males had a median income of $32,320 versus $28,986 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,813. About 23.6% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
Blaine County has the distinction of being possibly the most consistent long-term bellwether county in the nation. Since 1916, the county has been won by the presidential election winner in every election except that of 1988, held during the aftermath of a major drought and farm crisis, when Michael Dukakis won the county by fifty-eight votes. During two other drought years on the Great Plains, Adlai Stevenson II and Gerald Ford also came close to breaking the county’s streak, losing by even smaller vote margins than George Bush senior.
Fort Belknap College is located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Harlem High School is located in Harlem home of the Wild cats Class B. Chinook High School is located in Chinook home of the mighty Beeters(Sugar Beeters)Class C. Turner High School is located in Turner their mascot is the Tornados Class C.
- List of cemeteries in Blaine County, Montana
- List of lakes in Blaine County, Montana
- List of mountains in Blaine County, Montana
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Blaine County, Montana
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