Cascade County, Montana

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Cascade County, Montana
Cascade Co Courthouse outside 3.JPG
Cascade County Courthouse
Map of Montana highlighting Cascade County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1887
Named for Great Falls of the Missouri River
Seat Great Falls
Largest city Great Falls
Area
 • Total 2,711 sq mi (7,021 km2)
 • Land 2,698 sq mi (6,988 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (34 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 82,278
 • Density 30/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Website www.cascadecountymt.gov/index.php
Aerial view of Cascade County and the Sun River

Cascade County (cascade means waterfall in French) is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 81,327,[1] making it the fifth-most populous county in Montana. Its county seat is Great Falls.[2]

Cascade County comprises the Great Falls, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

At the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Cascade County was the territory of the Blackfeet.[3] The county was named for the falls on the Missouri River.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,711 square miles (7,020 km2), of which 2,698 square miles (6,990 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5] The Missouri River and the Sun River flow through the county, and meet at the city of Great Falls. A portion of the Adel Mountains Volcanic Field is in the southwest corner of the county. The Rocky Mountains are in the western part of the county with the Little Belt and Highwood Mountains in the southeast.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Politics[edit]

Like Lewis & Clark County to the west, Cascade County leans slightly Republican but has voted for Democrats four times since Lyndon Johnson's landslide in 1964. Hubert Humphrey easily won this county in 1968, one of nine counties he was able to win. Barack Obama carried Cascade in 2008 but lost to Mitt Romney in 2012 by 9%.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 56.8% 19,632 35.2% 12,175 8.0% 2,764
2012 53.1% 18,345 44.1% 15,232 2.9% 999
2008 47.6% 16,857 49.9% 17,664 2.5% 875
2004 56.9% 19,028 41.0% 13,701 2.2% 730
2000 54.5% 18,164 39.4% 13,137 6.1% 2,016
1996 40.8% 14,291 44.9% 15,707 14.3% 5,008
1992 34.2% 12,494 40.2% 14,719 25.6% 9,365
1988 49.6% 15,946 48.9% 15,718 1.4% 460
1984 57.5% 19,846 41.3% 14,252 1.2% 407
1980 54.8% 17,664 34.5% 11,105 10.8% 3,465
1976 50.1% 15,289 48.1% 14,678 1.8% 544
1972 52.4% 16,159 41.8% 12,899 5.8% 1,778
1968 43.2% 11,588 50.4% 13,507 6.4% 1,708
1964 33.6% 8,986 65.9% 17,609 0.5% 119
1960 45.7% 11,928 54.1% 14,117 0.2% 45
1956 52.9% 12,455 47.1% 11,098 0.0% 0
1952 52.1% 12,176 47.3% 11,051 0.6% 146
1948 34.5% 6,830 61.0% 12,082 4.6% 905
1944 36.5% 6,372 62.7% 10,924 0.8% 141
1940 31.7% 6,443 67.1% 13,637 1.2% 244
1936 22.9% 4,077 74.9% 13,325 2.2% 387
1932 34.5% 5,800 59.7% 10,047 5.8% 976
1928 55.1% 8,183 44.0% 6,540 0.9% 133
1924 43.4% 5,081 19.0% 2,220 37.6% 4,405
1920 58.8% 6,808 34.0% 3,938 7.1% 826
1916 30.6% 3,253 62.1% 6,612 7.3% 776
1912 23.7% 1,079 35.9% 1,633[7] 40.4% 1,837
1908 44.9% 1,935 43.8% 1,888 11.4% 490
1904 55.3% 2,405 31.9% 1,385 12.8% 556

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18908,755
190025,777194.4%
191028,83311.9%
192038,83634.7%
193041,1465.9%
194041,1990.1%
195053,02728.7%
196073,41838.5%
197081,80411.4%
198080,696−1.4%
199077,691−3.7%
200080,3573.4%
201081,3271.2%
Est. 201681,755[8]0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 81,327 people, 33,809 households, and 21,403 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/sq mi). There were 37,276 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi).

The racial makeup of the county was 89.20% (72,584) White, 1.2% (1,010) Black or African American, 4.3% (3,487) Native American, 0.8% (684) Asian, 0.1% (89) Pacific Islander, 0.6% (526) from other races, and 3.6% (2,947) from two or more races, the Asian population doubles when taking two or more races into consideration. 3.3% (2,711) of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.5% were of German, 11.1% Irish, 10.2% Norwegian, 8.8% English and 7.7% American ancestry. 95.4% spoke English, 1.7% Spanish and 1.1% German as their first language.

There were 32,547 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,971, and the median income for a family was $39,949. Males had a median income of $28,993 versus $20,970 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,566. About 10.40% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 81,327 people, 33,809 households, and 21,403 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 30.1 inhabitants per square mile (11.6/km2). There were 37,276 housing units at an average density of 13.8 per square mile (5.3/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 89.2% white, 4.3% American Indian, 1.2% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.6% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.3% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 28.5% were German, 17.1% were Irish, 12.3% were English, 10.3% were Norwegian, and 4.5% were American.[16]

Of the 33,809 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.7% were non-families, and 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 38.9 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,389 and the median income for a family was $53,540. Males had a median income of $37,904 versus $27,944 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,963. About 10.9% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Economy[edit]

Malmstrom Air Force Base is a driving force in the regional economy.[18] As of 2009 Benefis, Great Falls Clinic, National Electronics Warranty and Walmart were the largest private employers.[18]

Education[edit]

The University of Great Falls and the MSU College of Technology - Great Falls are both located in Great Falls.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Several motion pictures have been filmed in Great Falls. Many have filmed in both Cascade County and Great Falls, and a few in just Cascade County (outside the Great Falls city limits). Those films in Cascade County but outside the Great Falls city limits include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Shot in Cascade County and in the city of Great Falls, the film's finale was filmed on Interstate 15 about 15 miles (24 km) north of Craig.[20]
  2. ^ The U.S.-Canada border crossing scene was filmed at Hardy Bridge.[22]
  3. ^ Filming occurred at various places around Great Falls,[24] including Giant Springs State Park on the immediate outskirts of the city.[25]
  4. ^ A cabin near Monarch, Montana, was used in one critical filming location.[26]
Citations
  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing. ISBN 1-56044-493-2. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-02. 
  7. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 999 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 838 votes.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  16. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  17. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  18. ^ a b Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (September 2010). "Demographic & Economic Information for Cascade County" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Montana's best and worst all-time films". Great Falls Tribune. November 6, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Film Crew to Remain in Montana". The Montana Standard. September 20, 1973. p. 19. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  21. ^ Jones, Robert F. (April 23, 1984). "Robert Duvall". People. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Barth 1991, p. 85.
  23. ^ Sherman, David (February 27, 2015). "Leonard Nimoy: on the set of "Holy Matrimony" in Great Falls in 1993". KRTV3.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b c Inbody, Kristen (December 29, 2016). "'Shot in Montana': Big Sky Cinema is scope of new book". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Gaiser, Heidi (March 3, 2007). "Family Men". The Daily Inter Lake. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b Skornogoski, Kim (June 13, 2006). "Getting One's Life Experience On Film No Easy Task For Great Falls' Brumbaugh". Great Falls Tribune. p. M1. 
  27. ^ Douglas, Patrick (March 28, 2008). "Montana-made film debuts in Great Falls". Great Falls Tribune. p. A1. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Barth, Jack (1991). Roadside Hollywood: The Movie Lover's State-By-State Guide to Film Locations, Celebrity Hangouts, Celluloid Tourist Attractions, and More. Chicago: Contemporary Books. ISBN 9780809243266. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°19′N 111°21′W / 47.31°N 111.35°W / 47.31; -111.35