Fergus County, Montana

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Fergus County
Fergus County Courthouse Lewistown
Fergus County Courthouse Lewistown
Map of Montana highlighting Fergus County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 47°16′N 109°13′W / 47.26°N 109.22°W / 47.26; -109.22
Country United States
State Montana
Founded1885
Named forJames Fergus
SeatLewistown
Largest cityLewistown
Area
 • Total4,350 sq mi (11,300 km2)
 • Land4,340 sq mi (11,200 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (30 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total11,586
 • Estimate 
(2018)
11,113
 • Density2.7/sq mi (1.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.co.fergus.mt.us
 
  • Montana county number 08

Fergus County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,586.[1] Its county seat is Lewistown.[2] The county was founded in 1885 and named for James Fergus, a Montana politician who was instrumental in creating the county.[3] (A 1905 book said the namesake was Johhn Fergus.[4]).

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,350 square miles (11,300 km2), of which 4,340 square miles (11,200 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 73.1% 4,269 20.6% 1,202 6.3% 369
2012 70.1% 4,257 27.0% 1,640 2.9% 174
2008 65.9% 4,108 31.0% 1,933 3.1% 191
2004 72.2% 4,425 25.8% 1,582 2.0% 120
2000 72.6% 4,353 22.6% 1,352 4.8% 289
1996 59.3% 3,671 30.1% 1,866 10.6% 657
1992 42.2% 2,736 24.9% 1,615 33.0% 2,139
1988 64.6% 3,948 33.6% 2,052 1.9% 116
1984 71.0% 4,585 27.9% 1,804 1.1% 70
1980 65.0% 4,455 26.9% 1,840 8.1% 557
1976 57.7% 3,556 40.1% 2,470 2.2% 134
1972 67.5% 4,082 27.3% 1,652 5.2% 315
1968 55.6% 3,367 34.2% 2,070 10.2% 620
1964 47.4% 2,980 52.4% 3,300 0.2% 13
1960 52.2% 3,294 47.6% 2,999 0.2% 13
1956 57.8% 3,771 42.2% 2,757 0.0% 0
1952 65.8% 4,402 33.9% 2,271 0.3% 18
1948 42.7% 2,411 54.1% 3,059 3.2% 182
1944 41.1% 2,229 58.4% 3,164 0.5% 29
1940 40.9% 2,706 58.5% 3,873 0.6% 40
1936 27.0% 1,821 69.3% 4,675 3.7% 249
1932 33.6% 2,400 62.6% 4,470 3.7% 266
1928 60.1% 4,109 39.0% 2,667 0.9% 62
1924 38.5% 2,942 20.7% 1,580 40.8% 3,120
1920 60.2% 5,858 34.7% 3,371 5.1% 498
1916 34.9% 3,290 61.0% 5,749 4.1% 385
1912 20.3% 745 38.0% 1,393 41.6% 1,525[7]
1908 52.4% 1,529 38.1% 1,112 9.4% 275
1904 63.2% 1,599 30.8% 780 5.9% 150

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18903,514
19006,93797.4%
191017,385150.6%
192028,34463.0%
193016,531−41.7%
194014,040−15.1%
195014,015−0.2%
196014,0180.0%
197012,611−10.0%
198013,0763.7%
199012,083−7.6%
200011,893−1.6%
201011,586−2.6%
Est. 201811,113[8]−4.1%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790–1960[10] 1900–1990[11]
1990–2000[12] 2010–2018[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] of 2000, there were 11,893 people, 4,860 households, and 3,197 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,558 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.10% White, 1.18% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.29% from other races, 0.08% Black or African American, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.5% were of German, 13.5% American, 13.0% Norwegian, 9.3% Irish and 9.0% English ancestry. 97.1% spoke English, 1.2% German, and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 4,860 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.

The county population contained 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,409, and the median income for a family was $36,609. Males had a median income of $27,260 versus $18,138 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,808. About 10.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,586 people, 5,099 households, and 3,202 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 2.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.0/km2). There were 5,836 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.50/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 1.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 30.8% were German, 15.9% were English, 14.7% were Norwegian, 12.8% were Irish, and 4.2% were American.[16]

Of the 5,099 households, 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.2% were non-families, and 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 47.8 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,607 and the median income for a family was $48,623. Males had a median income of $35,110 versus $21,225 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,295. About 12.5% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Fergus County - Home". www.co.fergus.mt.us. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 125.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,104 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 421 votes.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Ayers Ranch Colony, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  19. ^ Brooks, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  20. ^ Deerfield Colony, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  21. ^ Eddies Corner, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  22. ^ Giltedge, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  23. ^ Grass Range, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  24. ^ Hanover, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  25. ^ Heath, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  26. ^ Hoosac, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  27. ^ Maiden, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  28. ^ Moore, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  29. ^ Piper, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  30. ^ Roy, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  31. ^ Straw, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  32. ^ Valentine, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  33. ^ Ware, Fergus County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  34. ^ "Montana Governor Roy Elmer Ayers". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  35. ^ "RIDDICK, Carl Wood, (1872–1960)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.

Coordinates: 47°16′N 109°13′W / 47.26°N 109.22°W / 47.26; -109.22