Fergus County, Montana

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fergus County
Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown
Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown
Map of Montana highlighting Fergus County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 47°16′N 109°13′W / 47.26°N 109.22°W / 47.26; -109.22
Country United States
State Montana
Founded1885
Named forJames Fergus
SeatLewistown
Largest cityLewistown
Area
 • Total4,350 sq mi (11,300 km2)
 • Land4,340 sq mi (11,200 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (30 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total11,446
 • Estimate 
(2021)
11,617 Increase
 • Density2.6/sq mi (1.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.co.fergus.mt.us
  • Montana county number 08

Fergus County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 11,446.[1] Its county seat is Lewistown.[2] The county was founded in 1885 and named for James Fergus, a Montana politician who was instrumental in creating the county.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,350 square miles (11,300 km2), of which 4,340 square miles (11,200 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Military Installations[edit]


Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Fergus County, Montana[6][7]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,869 74.83% 1,496 22.99% 142 2.18%
2016 4,269 73.10% 1,202 20.58% 369 6.32%
2012 4,257 70.12% 1,640 27.01% 174 2.87%
2008 4,108 65.92% 1,933 31.02% 191 3.06%
2004 4,425 72.22% 1,582 25.82% 120 1.96%
2000 4,353 72.62% 1,352 22.56% 289 4.82%
1996 3,671 59.27% 1,866 30.13% 657 10.61%
1992 2,736 42.16% 1,615 24.88% 2,139 32.96%
1988 3,948 64.55% 2,052 33.55% 116 1.90%
1984 4,585 70.99% 1,804 27.93% 70 1.08%
1980 4,455 65.02% 1,840 26.85% 557 8.13%
1976 3,556 57.73% 2,470 40.10% 134 2.18%
1972 4,082 67.48% 1,652 27.31% 315 5.21%
1968 3,367 55.59% 2,070 34.18% 620 10.24%
1964 2,980 47.35% 3,300 52.44% 13 0.21%
1960 3,294 52.24% 2,999 47.56% 13 0.21%
1956 3,771 57.77% 2,757 42.23% 0 0.00%
1952 4,402 65.79% 2,271 33.94% 18 0.27%
1948 2,411 42.66% 3,059 54.12% 182 3.22%
1944 2,229 41.11% 3,164 58.35% 29 0.53%
1940 2,706 40.88% 3,873 58.51% 40 0.60%
1936 1,821 27.00% 4,675 69.31% 249 3.69%
1932 2,400 33.63% 4,470 62.64% 266 3.73%
1928 4,109 60.09% 2,667 39.00% 62 0.91%
1924 2,942 38.50% 1,580 20.68% 3,120 40.83%
1920 5,858 60.22% 3,371 34.66% 498 5.12%
1916 3,290 34.91% 5,749 61.00% 385 4.09%
1912 745 20.34% 1,393 38.03% 1,525 41.63%
1908 1,529 52.43% 1,112 38.13% 275 9.43%
1904 1,599 63.23% 780 30.84% 150 5.93%


Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18903,514
19006,93797.4%
191017,385150.6%
192028,34463.0%
193016,531−41.7%
194014,040−15.1%
195014,015−0.2%
196014,0180.0%
197012,611−10.0%
198013,0763.7%
199012,083−7.6%
200011,893−1.6%
201011,586−2.6%
202011,446−1.2%
2021 (est.)11,617[8]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790–1960[10] 1900–1990[11]
1990–2000[12] 2010–2020[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States census,[13] of 2000, there were 11,893 people, 4,860 households, and 3,197 families living in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 5,558 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.10% White, 1.18% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.29% from other races, 0.08% Black or African American, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.5% were of German, 13.5% American, 13.0% Norwegian, 9.3% Irish and 9.0% English ancestry. 97.1% spoke English, 1.2% German, and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 4,860 households, out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.

The county population contained 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,409, and the median income for a family was $36,609. Males had a median income of $27,260 versus $18,138 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,808. About 10.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 11,586 people, 5,099 households, and 3,202 families living in the county.[14] The population density was 2.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.0/km2). There were 5,836 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.50/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 30.8% were German, 15.9% were English, 14.7% were Norwegian, 12.8% were Irish, and 4.2% were American.[16]

Of the 5,099 households, 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.2% were non-families, and 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 47.8 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,607 and the median income for a family was $48,623. Males had a median income of $35,110 versus $21,225 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,295. About 12.5% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Fergus County - Home". www.co.fergus.mt.us. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 125.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,104 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 421 votes.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Eddies Corner, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  19. ^ Giltedge, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  20. ^ Hanover, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  21. ^ Maiden, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  22. ^ Moore, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  23. ^ Piper, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  24. ^ Roy, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  25. ^ Straw, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  26. ^ Valentine, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  27. ^ Ware, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  28. ^ "Montana Governor Roy Elmer Ayers". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  29. ^ "RIDDICK, Carl Wood, (1872–1960)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.

Coordinates: 47°16′N 109°13′W / 47.26°N 109.22°W / 47.26; -109.22