Prairie County, Montana

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Prairie County, Montana
Typical.Snowday.Terry.JPG
Downtown Terry, Montana during a typical snowy day.
Map of Montana highlighting Prairie County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded February 5, 1915
Named for Prairie landscape
Seat Terry
Largest town Terry
Area
 • Total 1,743 sq mi (4,514 km2)
 • Land 1,737 sq mi (4,499 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 1,160
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC−7/−6
Website Prairie County, Montana

Prairie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,179.[1] Its county seat is Terry.[2] Prairie County was created by the Montana Legislature in 1915 out of parts of Custer, Dawson, and Fallon Counties. The name was selected in a contest and reflects the predominant landscape of the region.[3]

The county was the site of the Custer Creek train wreck in 1938 that killed 47 people and injured an additional 75.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,743 square miles (4,510 km2), of which 1,737 square miles (4,500 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19203,684
19303,9417.0%
19402,410−38.8%
19502,377−1.4%
19602,318−2.5%
19701,752−24.4%
19801,8364.8%
19901,383−24.7%
20001,199−13.3%
20101,179−1.7%
Est. 20161,182[5]0.3%
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 1,199 people, 537 households, and 354 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (<1/sq mi). There were 718 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.00% White, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.8% were of German, 12.4% Irish, 11.9% Norwegian and 7.0% English ancestry. 97.8% spoke English and 2.2% German as their first language.

There were 537 households out of which 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 2.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.70% under the age of 18, 4.30% from 18 to 24, 20.00% from 25 to 44, 32.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 106.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,451, and the median income for a family was $32,292. Males had a median income of $22,424 versus $18,833 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,422. About 13.30% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,179 people, 551 households, and 342 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 0.7 inhabitants per square mile (0.27/km2). There were 673 housing units at an average density of 0.4 per square mile (0.15/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 96.4% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 44.7% were German, 18.6% were Norwegian, 14.1% were American, 11.8% were Irish, and 9.5% were English.[13]

Of the 551 households, 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.9% were non-families, and 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.67. The median age was 53.6 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,896 and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,296. About 12.4% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 80.7% 556 14.5% 100 4.8% 33
2012 74.0% 520 23.8% 167 2.3% 16
2008 68.4% 503 28.7% 211 2.9% 21
2004 74.2% 546 24.6% 181 1.2% 9
2000 72.5% 541 22.0% 164 5.5% 41
1996 53.5% 417 33.2% 259 13.3% 104
1992 48.1% 412 30.4% 260 21.5% 184
1988 60.1% 541 38.1% 343 1.8% 16
1984 69.9% 693 29.2% 289 0.9% 9
1980 62.6% 580 30.5% 283 6.9% 64
1976 58.6% 597 40.7% 415 0.7% 7
1972 68.6% 685 30.3% 303 1.1% 11
1968 67.8% 635 28.8% 270 3.4% 32
1964 53.0% 555 46.6% 488 0.5% 5
1960 65.8% 649 34.3% 338 0.0% 0
1956 61.3% 637 38.8% 403 0.0% 0
1952 69.2% 771 30.3% 338 0.5% 5
1948 47.9% 499 50.6% 527 1.5% 16
1944 55.7% 598 43.6% 468 0.7% 8
1940 51.4% 597 47.7% 554 0.9% 10
1936 33.3% 454 64.3% 877 2.4% 32
1932 45.7% 634 52.8% 732 1.5% 21
1928 70.2% 968 29.4% 405 0.4% 6
1924 56.2% 683 13.3% 162 30.5% 370
1920 76.7% 881 21.1% 242 2.3% 26
1916 45.4% 535 52.8% 622 1.9% 22

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Montana Place Names Companion". Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  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. 

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Coordinates: 46°51′N 105°22′W / 46.85°N 105.37°W / 46.85; -105.37