Lewis and Clark County, Montana

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Lewis and Clark County, Montana
Sleeping Giant 2010.jpg
The iconic "Sleeping Giant" formation north of Helena
Seal of Lewis and Clark County, Montana
Seal
Map of Montana highlighting Lewis and Clark County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded1865
Named forMeriwether Lewis and William Clark
SeatHelena
Largest cityHelena
Area
 • Total3,498 sq mi (9,060 km2)
 • Land3,459 sq mi (8,959 km2)
 • Water39 sq mi (101 km2), 1.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)67,773[1]
 • Density19.6/sq mi (7.6/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneMountain: UTC−7/−6
Websitewww.lccountymt.gov/home.html

Lewis and Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,395.[2] Its county seat is Helena,[3] the state capital. The numerical designation for Lewis and Clark County (used in the issuance of the state's license plates) is 5. The county was established in 1865 as Edgerton County, and was renamed "Lewis and Clark County" two years later.[4] The present name was given in honor of explorers Lewis and Clark.[5]

Lewis and Clark County is part of the Helena, Montana Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,948 square miles (10,230 km2), of which 3,459 square miles (8,960 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (1.1%) is water.[6]

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Politics[edit]

Lewis and Clark County leans Republican, but it has voted for Democratic candidates in the past. Bill Clinton won by nearly seven percentage points in 1992, but Bob Dole won by 130 votes in 1996. Barack Obama carried the county in 2008 but lost it to Mitt Romney in 2012.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[7]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 47.9% 16,895 41.0% 14,478 11.1% 3,923
2012 50.4% 16,803 46.9% 15,620 2.7% 895
2008 45.3% 14,966 51.8% 17,114 2.9% 949
2004 55.3% 16,494 42.6% 12,717 2.1% 632
2000 55.3% 15,091 36.6% 9,982 8.1% 2,196
1996 43.9% 11,665 43.5% 11,535 12.6% 3,347
1992 35.7% 9,351 42.5% 11,117 21.8% 5,711
1988 46.9% 10,946 51.1% 11,932 2.0% 456
1984 60.0% 13,569 38.8% 8,768 1.3% 289
1980 57.2% 12,128 32.1% 6,815 10.7% 2,269
1976 54.8% 10,155 43.8% 8,118 1.3% 244
1972 61.9% 10,719 35.1% 6,081 3.0% 516
1968 56.5% 7,979 38.1% 5,379 5.4% 757
1964 45.0% 6,155 54.8% 7,506 0.2% 26
1960 54.7% 7,260 45.2% 6,008 0.1% 17
1956 64.4% 7,959 35.6% 4,397 0.0% 0
1952 62.6% 7,663 37.3% 4,563 0.2% 20
1948 50.9% 5,174 46.6% 4,745 2.5% 257
1944 48.4% 4,482 51.2% 4,737 0.4% 39
1940 44.6% 4,762 54.4% 5,814 1.0% 107
1936 33.8% 2,951 64.3% 5,614 1.8% 160
1932 42.7% 3,671 54.8% 4,714 2.5% 211
1928 57.4% 4,441 42.3% 3,278 0.3% 25
1924 49.9% 3,433 27.2% 1,869 22.9% 1,573
1920 62.9% 4,348 34.9% 2,413 2.2% 152
1916 43.0% 3,423 54.5% 4,337 2.5% 202
1912 24.5% 1,062 34.7% 1,505 40.8% 1,768[8]
1908 45.9% 2,033 46.6% 2,062 7.6% 335
1904 54.6% 2,505 33.6% 1,543 11.8% 540

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18705,040
18806,52129.4%
189019,145193.6%
190019,1710.1%
191021,85314.0%
192018,660−14.6%
193018,224−2.3%
194022,13121.4%
195024,54010.9%
196028,00614.1%
197033,28118.8%
198043,03929.3%
199047,49510.4%
200055,71617.3%
201063,39513.8%
Est. 201767,773[9]6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2015[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of 2000,[14] there were 55,716 people, 22,850 households, and 14,966 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 25,672 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.21% white, 0.20% Black or African American, 2.04% Native American, 0.52% Asian American, 0.05% Pacific Islander American, 0.38% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.6% were of German, 15.5% Irish, 10.9% English, 9.5% Norwegian and 6.1% American ancestry.

There were 22,850 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,360, and the median income for a family was $46,766. Males had a median income of $33,515 versus $23,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,763. About 7.30% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.60% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

In the county of the population that's 25 years old and over 91.4% of them have a High school diploma, 31.6% of that population has a Bachelor's degree or higher, 17.2% of the population is disabled, 1.6% of them are foreign born, and only 4.0% of the population can speak another language at home. According to the 2000 Census 59.7% of the population (male) is married but, now separated. For the women it is only 3% lower at 56.7%. The average family size is 2.95. In the county, there are 25,672 homes, 2,822 of which are vacant.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,395 people, 26,694 households, and 16,705 families residing in the county.[15] The population density was 18.3 inhabitants per square mile (7.1/km2). There were 30,180 housing units at an average density of 8.7 per square mile (3.4/km2).[16] The racial makeup of the county was 94.0% white, 2.1% American Indian, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.5% of the population.[15] In terms of ancestry, 29.2% were German, 19.3% were Irish, 15.0% were English, 8.9% were Norwegian, and 5.1% were American.[17]

Of the 26,694 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.4% were non-families, and 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 40.9 years.[15]

The median income for a household in the county was $50,238 and the median income for a family was $65,573. Males had a median income of $44,476 versus $34,893 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,894. About 5.8% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/lewisandclarkcountymontana/PST045216
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "Montana Place Names Companion". Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 185.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  8. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,375 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 391 votes and Write-in candidate Eugene Chafin received 2 votes.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  15. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  16. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10.

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Coordinates: 47°07′N 112°23′W / 47.11°N 112.38°W / 47.11; -112.38