Deer Lodge County
Deer Lodge County Courthouse
Deer Lodge County Courthouse
Map of Montana highlighting Deer Lodge County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 46°07′14″N 112°59′15″W / 46.12062°N 112.98746°W / 46.12062; -112.98746
Country United States
State Montana
Founded1865
SeatAnaconda
Largest cityAnaconda
Area
 • Total741 sq mi (1,920 km2)
 • Land737 sq mi (1,910 km2)
 • Water4.7 sq mi (12 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total9,421
 • Density13/sq mi (4.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.anacondadeerlodge.mt.gov

Deer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 9,421.[1] It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda.[2] The county was established in 1865.[3]

History

Warm Springs State Hospital
Warm Springs State Hospital

Deer Lodge was one of the original 9 Montana counties, as constituted with the establishment of Montana Territory in 1864.[4] The original county included what are now Silver Bow County (separated in 1881[5]), Deer Lodge County, Granite County (separated in 1893) and Powell County (separated in 1901[6]).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an 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.[7] 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).[8]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18704,367
18808,876103.3%
189015,15570.7%
190017,39314.8%
191012,988−25.3%
192015,32318.0%
193016,2936.3%
194013,627−16.4%
195016,55321.5%
196018,64012.6%
197015,652−16.0%
198012,518−20.0%
199010,278−17.9%
20009,417−8.4%
20109,298−1.3%
20209,4211.3%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census,[13] there were 9,417 people, 3,995 households, and 2,524 families living 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. 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.

The county population contained 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.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,298 people, 4,018 households, and 2,350 families living in the county.[14] The population density was 12.6 inhabitants per square mile (4.9/km2). There were 5,122 housing units at an average density of 7.0 per square mile (2.7/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 93.1% white, 3.1% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.9% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 30.2% were German, 26.2% were Irish, 9.2% were English, 8.5% were Norwegian, 5.9% were Italian, 5.2% were Swedish, and 2.6% were American.[16]

Of the 4,018 households, 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.5% were non-families, and 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.73. The median age was 46.0 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $35,310 and the median income for a family was $51,076. Males had a median income of $32,477 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,921. About 9.6% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.6% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.[17]

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.[18] In the last five elections the Democratic candidate has won by 21% to nearly 49% of Deer Lodge County's vote. However, in 2016, Hillary Clinton failed to garner a majority of the votes. This was the first time a Democrat had not obtained a majority since 1924.[19] In gubernatorial elections the last most recent Republican to carry the county was Marc Racicot in the 1996 election. In that election the original Democratic nominee, Chet Blaylock, died and Marc Racicot carried every county.[20]

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.[21]

United States presidential election results for Deer Lodge County, Montana[22]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,186 44.69% 2,562 52.38% 143 2.92%
2016 1,763 41.92% 2,058 48.93% 385 9.15%
2012 1,448 32.47% 2,860 64.13% 152 3.41%
2008 1,502 29.60% 3,402 67.05% 170 3.35%
2004 1,725 37.97% 2,700 59.43% 118 2.60%
2000 1,493 32.93% 2,672 58.93% 369 8.14%
1996 883 17.62% 3,331 66.49% 796 15.89%
1992 832 15.79% 3,174 60.24% 1,263 23.97%
1988 1,168 26.51% 3,185 72.29% 53 1.20%
1984 1,901 34.53% 3,539 64.29% 65 1.18%
1980 1,905 33.79% 3,077 54.58% 656 11.64%
1976 2,197 35.57% 3,859 62.48% 120 1.94%
1972 2,373 35.93% 3,979 60.25% 252 3.82%
1968 1,554 25.58% 4,208 69.28% 312 5.14%
1964 1,415 22.61% 4,835 77.25% 9 0.14%
1960 2,188 29.79% 5,149 70.11% 7 0.10%
1956 3,551 48.36% 3,792 51.64% 0 0.00%
1952 3,001 41.58% 4,162 57.67% 54 0.75%
1948 2,036 32.78% 3,862 62.17% 314 5.05%
1944 2,176 33.19% 4,347 66.31% 33 0.50%
1940 2,397 32.63% 4,916 66.93% 32 0.44%
1936 1,640 25.04% 4,813 73.49% 96 1.47%
1932 2,198 35.43% 3,893 62.75% 113 1.82%
1928 2,695 45.67% 3,184 53.96% 22 0.37%
1924 1,937 35.43% 1,611 29.47% 1,919 35.10%
1920 3,130 59.97% 1,567 30.02% 522 10.00%
1916 1,860 30.28% 4,171 67.90% 112 1.82%
1912 1,060 37.06% 1,197 41.85% 603 21.08%
1908 1,377 43.67% 1,611 51.09% 165 5.23%
1904 1,666 48.64% 1,504 43.91% 255 7.45%
1900 1,636 31.50% 3,395 65.38% 162 3.12%
1896 446 8.31% 4,916 91.55% 8 0.15%
1892 1,930 35.47% 2,152 39.55% 1,359 24.98%


Communities

City

Unincorporated communities

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

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  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 MT: Falcon Publishing. ISBN 1-56044-493-2.
  5. ^ Where It All Began, p. 163
  6. ^ Where It All Began, pp. 165-6
  7. ^ "2010 Census GazetteerFiles". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry (September 2010). "Demographic & Economic Information for Deer Lodge County" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 6, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. 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". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". U.S. Census Bureau]]. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selecdted Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Geographie Electorale
  19. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Montana)
  20. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas
  21. ^ Montana government site
  22. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  23. ^ Georgetown, Deer Lodge County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)
  24. ^ Opportunity, Deer Lodge County MT Google Maps (accessed January 1, 2019)

Sources

Coordinates: 46°07′14″N 112°59′15″W / 46.12062°N 112.98746°W / 46.12062; -112.98746