Pondera County, Montana

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Pondera County, Montana
Conrad Montana looking South.jpg
Conrad, Pondera County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Pondera County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
FoundedApril 1, 1919[1]
SeatConrad
Largest cityConrad
Area
 • Total1,640 sq mi (4,248 km2)
 • Land1,623 sq mi (4,204 km2)
 • Water17 sq mi (44 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)5,960
 • Density3.8/sq mi (1.5/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneMountain: UTC−7/−6
Websitewww.ponderacountymontana.org
Footnotes:  
  • Montana county number 26

Pondera County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 6,153.[2] Its county seat is Conrad.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,640 square miles (4,200 km2), of which 1,623 square miles (4,200 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19205,741
19306,96421.3%
19406,716−3.6%
19506,392−4.8%
19607,65319.7%
19706,611−13.6%
19806,7311.8%
19906,433−4.4%
20006,424−0.1%
20106,153−4.2%
Est. 20175,960[5]−3.1%
US Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2017[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[10] there were 6,424 people, 2,410 households, and 1,740 families in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,834 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.66% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 14.46% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.1% were of German, 13.8% Norwegian, 8.3% Irish, 5.7% American and 5.1% English ancestry. 92.0% spoke English, 5.1% German and 1.8% Blackfoot as their first language.

There were 2,410 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.18.

The county population contained 29.60% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,464, and the median income for a family was $36,484. Males had a median income of $27,125 versus $19,314 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,276. About 15.00% of families and 18.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.40% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,153 people, 2,285 households, and 1,528 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 3.8 inhabitants per square mile (1.5/km2). There were 2,659 housing units at an average density of 1.6 per square mile (0.62/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 82.7% white, 14.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 31.9% were German, 14.7% were Norwegian, 13.2% were Irish, 9.3% were English, 5.7% were Dutch, and 5.6% were American.[13]

Of the 2,285 households, 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families, and 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 42.8 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $36,419 and the median income for a family was $47,656. Males had a median income of $34,259 versus $26,903 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,989. About 14.9% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

From its creation until 1964, voters of Pondera County were fairly balanced; they selected Democratic Party candidates in 58% of national elections. After 1964 the Republican presidential candidate has garnered the county's vote in every election.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 66.1% 1,799 27.1% 738 6.8% 186
2012 61.5% 1,673 35.9% 975 2.6% 71
2008 55.0% 1,588 42.4% 1,223 2.6% 74
2004 64.8% 1,853 33.4% 956 1.8% 51
2000 67.3% 1,948 27.4% 792 5.4% 156
1996 48.5% 1,438 37.9% 1,123 13.6% 402
1992 39.6% 1,252 33.1% 1,046 27.4% 867
1988 57.6% 1,795 40.0% 1,245 2.4% 74
1984 67.5% 2,239 31.3% 1,039 1.2% 38
1980 66.1% 2,270 26.1% 897 7.7% 265
1976 52.9% 1,666 44.9% 1,413 2.3% 71
1972 57.4% 1,890 36.9% 1,215 5.7% 187
1968 53.0% 1,530 39.8% 1,149 7.2% 209
1964 38.6% 1,110 61.1% 1,759 0.3% 8
1960 46.8% 1,452 53.2% 1,653 0.0% 0
1956 53.5% 1,651 46.6% 1,438 0.0% 0
1952 57.5% 1,719 41.6% 1,246 0.9% 27
1948 35.4% 902 61.0% 1,555 3.7% 93
1944 37.7% 890 61.3% 1,448 1.0% 23
1940 34.8% 1,038 63.7% 1,899 1.4% 43
1936 22.4% 658 75.4% 2,213 2.2% 63
1932 32.4% 930 62.8% 1,805 4.9% 140
1928 58.0% 1,324 41.4% 944 0.7% 15
1924 37.7% 764 20.4% 414 41.9% 850
1920 62.5% 1,654 33.7% 893 3.8% 100

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

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Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pondera County Montana". www.ponderacountymontana.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "US Decennial Census". US 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". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Valier MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  17. ^ Birch Creek Colony MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  18. ^ East Community MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  19. ^ Fowler MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  20. ^ Gallup City Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  21. ^ Manson MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  22. ^ Pondera Colony MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)
  23. ^ Williams MT Google Maps (accessed 4 January 2019)

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Coordinates: 48°14′N 112°13′W / 48.24°N 112.22°W / 48.24; -112.22