Phillips County, Montana

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Phillips County, Montana
Phillips County Courthouse Malta.JPG
Phillips County Courthouse in Malta
Map of Montana highlighting Phillips County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1915
Seat Malta
Largest city Malta
Area
 • Total 5,212 sq mi (13,499 km2)
 • Land 5,140 sq mi (13,313 km2)
 • Water 72 sq mi (186 km2), 1.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 4,169
 • Density 0.8/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC−7/−6

Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,253.[1] Its county seat is Malta.[2] Before February 5, 1915, Phillips County was part of Blaine County, Montana, and before 1912 both were part of Chouteau County, Montana.[3] It was named in honor of rancher and state senator Benjamin D. Phillips.

Its northern boundary is the Canada–United States border with Saskatchewan. The Missouri River defines its southern boundary.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,212 square miles (13,500 km2), of which 5,140 square miles (13,300 km2) is land and 72 square miles (190 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4] It is the second-largest county in Montana by land area and third-largest by total area.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19209,311
19308,208−11.8%
19407,892−3.8%
19506,334−19.7%
19606,027−4.8%
19705,386−10.6%
19805,367−0.4%
19905,163−3.8%
20004,601−10.9%
20104,253−7.6%
Est. 20164,133[5]−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,601 people, 1,848 households, and 1,241 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (<1/sq mi). There were 2,502 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.44% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 7.61% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.3% were of German, 19.0% Norwegian, 7.6% Irish and 6.5% English ancestry. 97.0% spoke English and 2.5% German as their first language.

There were 1,848 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 95.60 men.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,702, and the median income for a family was $37,529. Males had a median income of $25,132 versus $20,274 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,058. About 13.80% of families and 18.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.10% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,253 people, 1,819 households, and 1,159 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 0.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.31/km2). There were 2,335 housing units at an average density of 0.5 per square mile (0.19/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 87.0% white, 8.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 26.2% were Norwegian, 24.3% were German, 13.4% were Irish, 10.1% were American, and 9.0% were English.[13]

Of the 1,819 households, 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.3% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 46.8 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,453 and the median income for a family was $55,362. Males had a median income of $41,826 versus $26,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,227. About 11.4% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 79.4% 1,723 14.7% 318 6.0% 130
2012 75.8% 1,688 21.1% 471 3.1% 69
2008 67.0% 1,423 30.1% 638 2.9% 62
2004 77.3% 1,677 21.0% 456 1.7% 37
2000 77.5% 1,727 19.0% 423 3.5% 78
1996 55.4% 1,392 28.1% 705 16.5% 414
1992 39.1% 1,026 24.2% 634 36.8% 965
1988 60.3% 1,462 37.3% 905 2.4% 59
1984 70.4% 1,934 28.6% 787 1.0% 28
1980 65.0% 1,723 28.1% 745 7.0% 185
1976 54.2% 1,347 44.9% 1,117 0.9% 22
1972 64.9% 1,659 32.4% 828 2.7% 70
1968 51.4% 1,353 41.8% 1,100 6.8% 179
1964 43.5% 1,242 56.4% 1,612 0.1% 3
1960 49.8% 1,457 49.7% 1,455 0.4% 13
1956 52.9% 1,605 47.1% 1,427 0.0% 0
1952 58.7% 1,771 40.6% 1,224 0.7% 22
1948 37.5% 964 58.6% 1,506 3.9% 99
1944 42.8% 1,089 56.4% 1,435 0.8% 19
1940 33.0% 1,110 66.1% 2,225 0.9% 31
1936 24.3% 850 73.1% 2,555 2.6% 89
1932 33.9% 1,127 61.8% 2,054 4.3% 143
1928 59.1% 1,671 40.1% 1,135 0.8% 22
1924 46.7% 1,236 17.9% 473 35.4% 938
1920 67.1% 1,693 25.7% 648 7.2% 181
1916 42.4% 999 53.2% 1,252 4.4% 104

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

The fairgrounds for Phillips County

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Koschmann, A.H.; M.H. Bergendahl (1968). "Principle Gold Producing Districts of the United States, Phillips County Montana Gold Production". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kane, Joseph Nathan; Charles Curry Aiken (2004). The American Counties: Origins of County Names, Dates of Creation, and Population Data, 1950-2000 page 236. Scarecrow Press. p. 552. ISBN 0-8108-5036-2. 

Coordinates: 48°16′N 107°55′W / 48.26°N 107.92°W / 48.26; -107.92