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Deer Lodge County, Montana

 

Deer Lodge County, Montana

Deer Lodge County, Montana
Pintlar Mountain Range, near Anaconda
Map of Montana highlighting Deer Lodge County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1865
Seat Anaconda
Largest city Anaconda
Area
 • Total 741 sq mi (1,919 km2)
 • Land 737 sq mi (1,909 km2)
 • Water 4.7 sq mi (12 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • (2010) 9,298
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .gov.mt.anacondadeerlodgewww
Deer Lodge County Courthouse, Anaconda, Montana

Deer Lodge County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298.[1] It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda.[2] The county was founded in 1865.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Government and politics 4
  • Communities 5
  • Notable residents 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

Warm Springs State Hospital

Deer Lodge was one of the original 9 Montana counties.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles (1,920 km2), of which 737 square miles (1,910 km2) is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5] It is the second-smallest county in Montana by area.

The county has a wealth of natural amenities, such as the Anaconda Mountain Range, Georgetown Lake, and the Mount Haggin wildlife management area (Montana’s largest at 54,000 acres).[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

The old Anaconda Smelter Stack, as depicted in the stained glass window of an Anaconda church

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 9,417 people, 3,995 households, and 2,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,958 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.87% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.77% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 1.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.3% were of Irish, 21.2% German, 7.1% English, 6.5% American and 6.4% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.3% spoke English, 1.4% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 3,995 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 33.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,305, and the median income for a family was $36,158. Males had a median income of $27,230 versus $18,719 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,580. About 11.60% of families and 15.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Deer Lodge County is the most consistently Democratic county in Montana when it comes to Presidential elections. It has not supported a Republican candidate since Calvin Coolidge in 1924.[13] In the last five elections the Democratic candidate has won by 21% to nearly 49% of Deer Lodge County's vote.[14] In gubernatorial elections the only Republican to carry the county in the last twenty years was Marc Racicot in the 1996 election. In that election the original Democratic nominee, Chet Blaylock, died and Marc Racicot carried every county.[15]

It is currently in the 43rd district of the Montana Senate and as such has been represented by Democrat Jesse Laslovich since 2004. In the Montana House of Representatives it is in the 85th district and as such has been represented by Democrat Cynthia Hiner since 2004.[16]

Communities

Note that the town of Deer Lodge is in neighboring Powell County.

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 15, 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 December 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing.  
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (September 2010). "Demographic & Economic Information for Deer Lodge County" (PDF). Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ Geographie Electorale
  14. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Montana)
  15. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas
  16. ^ Montana government site

External links

  • Anaconda and Deer Lodge Local News

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