Meagher County, Montana

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Meagher County, Montana
Byron R. Sherman House 06.JPG
Map of Montana highlighting Meagher County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1867
Named for Thomas Francis Meagher
Seat White Sulphur Springs
Largest city White Sulphur Springs
Area
 • Total 2,395 sq mi (6,203 km2)
 • Land 2,392 sq mi (6,195 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 1,830
 • Density 0.8/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Website www.meaghercounty.mt.gov

Meagher County (pronounced Marr) is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,891.[1] Its county seat is White Sulphur Springs.[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 center of population of Montana is located in Meagher County at 46°47′N 111°18′W / 46.78°N 111.3°W / 46.78; -111.3[3]

History[edit]

Meagher County was named for Thomas Francis Meagher, territorial governor of Montana.[4]

The first county seat was Diamond City, the main city of the Confederate Gulch mining district. This entire area is no longer part of Meagher County, but today lies in neighboring Broadwater County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,395 square miles (6,200 km2), of which 2,392 square miles (6,200 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Politics[edit]

This county has a strong Republican lean. This was one of 12 counties in MT that Barry Goldwater won in 1964. A Democrat has not won since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 74.6% 729 19.8% 193 5.6% 55
2012 68.9% 670 27.7% 269 3.4% 33
2008 64.6% 624 30.9% 298 4.6% 44
2004 71.7% 698 25.4% 247 2.9% 28
2000 74.7% 698 18.8% 176 6.5% 61
1996 54.0% 505 30.0% 281 16.0% 150
1992 42.1% 422 26.0% 260 31.9% 320
1988 65.0% 656 33.4% 337 1.6% 16
1984 72.1% 771 26.5% 283 1.4% 15
1980 69.6% 689 25.0% 247 5.5% 54
1976 60.2% 565 38.8% 364 1.1% 10
1972 71.6% 674 24.4% 230 4.0% 38
1968 62.9% 543 25.3% 218 11.8% 102
1964 55.4% 506 44.4% 405 0.2% 2
1960 58.5% 613 41.1% 431 0.4% 4
1956 66.7% 712 33.3% 355 0.0% 0
1952 70.7% 792 29.1% 326 0.2% 2
1948 50.1% 518 48.0% 497 1.9% 20
1944 51.3% 509 48.5% 482 0.2% 2
1940 44.9% 520 53.7% 621 1.4% 16
1936 38.7% 495 59.9% 767 1.4% 18
1932 42.0% 462 56.4% 621 1.6% 18
1928 67.9% 714 31.9% 335 0.2% 2
1924 59.6% 624 24.6% 257 15.9% 166
1920 69.1% 744 29.2% 314 1.8% 19
1916 43.1% 1,158 55.2% 1,482 1.8% 47
1912 26.8% 321 39.5% 473 33.8% 405
1908 59.6% 495 37.8% 314 2.7% 22
1904 66.9% 485 31.7% 230 1.4% 10

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18701,387
18802,74397.8%
18904,74973.1%
19002,526−46.8%
19104,19065.9%
19202,622−37.4%
19302,272−13.3%
19402,237−1.5%
19502,079−7.1%
19602,61625.8%
19702,122−18.9%
19802,1541.5%
19901,819−15.6%
20001,9326.2%
20101,891−2.1%
Est. 20161,827[7]−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 1,932 people, 803 households, and 529 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (1/sq mi). There were 1,363 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.20% White, 1.04% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.8% were of German, 14.5% Norwegian, 13.3% English, 12.4% Irish and 7.8% American ancestry.

There were 803 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 28.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $15,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,019. About 16.40% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.40% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,891 people, 806 households, and 509 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 0.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.31/km2). There were 1,432 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 38.6% were German, 14.3% were Norwegian, 13.6% were Irish, 11.0% were English, 5.9% were Scotch-Irish, and 3.2% were American.[15]

Of the 806 households, 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.8% were non-families, and 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.67. The median age was 50.1 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $31,577 and the median income for a family was $40,057. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $16,414 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,318. About 14.1% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010" (txt). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 204. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 

Coordinates: 46°48′47″N 111°12′36″W / 46.813°N 111.210°W / 46.813; -111.210