Stillwater County, Montana

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Stillwater County, Montana
Stillwater county courthouse.jpg
Stillwater County Courthouse in Columbus
Map of Montana highlighting Stillwater County
Location in the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1913
Seat Columbus
Largest town Columbus
Area
 • Total 1,805 sq mi (4,675 km2)
 • Land 1,795 sq mi (4,649 km2)
 • Water 9.2 sq mi (24 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 9,486
 • Density 5.1/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.stillwater.mt.gov
Mouat chromite mine and mill, 1942

Stillwater County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,117.[1] Its county seat is Columbus.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,805 square miles (4,670 km2), of which 1,795 square miles (4,650 km2) is land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (0.5%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 7,630
1930 6,253 −18.0%
1940 5,694 −8.9%
1950 5,416 −4.9%
1960 5,526 2.0%
1970 4,632 −16.2%
1980 5,598 20.9%
1990 6,536 16.8%
2000 8,195 25.4%
2010 9,117 11.3%
Est. 2016 9,406 [4] 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 8,195 people, 3,234 households, and 2,347 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 3,947 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.82% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 2.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.7% were of German, 11.8% Norwegian, 10.8% English, 10.6% Irish and 6.8% American ancestry.

There were 3,234 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.60% were married couples living together, 5.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 27.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,205, and the median income for a family was $45,238. Males had a median income of $32,148 versus $19,271 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,468. About 6.20% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,117 people, 3,796 households, and 2,657 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 5.1 inhabitants per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 4,803 housing units at an average density of 2.7 per square mile (1.0/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 96.8% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.3% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 34.7% were German, 14.1% were Irish, 14.0% were English, 10.8% were Norwegian, and 6.9% were American.[12]

Of the 3,796 households, 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families, and 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 45.7 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $57,227 and the median income for a family was $65,438. Males had a median income of $51,830 versus $26,909 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,168. About 6.0% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.1% 3,661 18.6% 908 6.2% 304
2012 71.0% 3,337 26.5% 1,248 2.5% 117
2008 64.1% 2,991 32.4% 1,512 3.5% 164
2004 73.3% 3,090 24.3% 1,025 2.3% 98
2000 70.6% 2,765 23.6% 925 5.8% 228
1996 49.2% 1,871 33.7% 1,282 17.0% 647
1992 38.2% 1,390 32.4% 1,178 29.5% 1,072
1988 56.8% 1,920 41.6% 1,407 1.5% 52
1984 65.0% 2,118 33.8% 1,100 1.2% 40
1980 61.3% 1,828 30.8% 919 8.0% 237
1976 54.9% 1,446 43.4% 1,143 1.8% 46
1972 68.0% 1,698 28.7% 716 3.4% 85
1968 61.2% 1,347 30.7% 676 8.1% 178
1964 50.2% 1,140 49.8% 1,130 0.0% 1
1960 58.4% 1,455 41.6% 1,036 0.0% 0
1956 60.3% 1,540 39.7% 1,013 0.0% 0
1952 67.0% 1,689 32.4% 816 0.6% 15
1948 54.5% 1,137 42.6% 890 2.9% 60
1944 56.1% 1,201 43.6% 934 0.3% 7
1940 50.7% 1,255 48.5% 1,201 0.8% 19
1936 42.7% 1,034 53.3% 1,292 4.0% 96
1932 44.2% 1,085 52.2% 1,281 3.6% 87
1928 70.1% 1,687 29.5% 711 0.4% 10
1924 59.9% 1,412 15.9% 375 24.2% 571
1920 70.5% 1,721 27.2% 664 2.3% 56
1916 42.0% 918 54.8% 1,197 3.2% 70

Communities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further reading[edit]

  • Hooker, Patty; Museum of the Beartooths (2011). Columbus and Stillwater County. Images of America. Charleston, S.C: Arcadia Pub. ISBN 9780738574622. 
  • Hooker, Patty (2013). Moccasins, mining & Montana's 34th county: a centennial celebration of Stillwater County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers. ISBN 9781578648122. 

Coordinates: 45°40′N 109°23′W / 45.67°N 109.39°W / 45.67; -109.39