Lake County
St. Ignatius Mission at St. Ignatius, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Lake 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°39′N 114°05′W / 47.65°N 114.09°W / 47.65; -114.09
Country United States
State Montana
Founded1923
Named forFlathead Lake
SeatPolson
Largest cityPolson
Area
 • Total1,654 sq mi (4,280 km2)
 • Land1,490 sq mi (3,900 km2)
 • Water164 sq mi (420 km2)  9.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total31,134
 • Density19/sq mi (7.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.lakemt.gov
  • Montana county number 15

Lake County is a county located in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 31,134.[1] Its county seat is Polson.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,654 square miles (4,280 km2), of which 1,490 square miles (3,900 km2) is land and 164 square miles (420 km2) (9.9%) is water.[3] Over two-thirds (67.7%) of the county's land lies within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Politics

United States presidential election results for Lake County, Montana[4]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,322 56.07% 6,916 41.60% 388 2.33%
2016 7,530 57.13% 4,776 36.23% 875 6.64%
2012 7,135 53.63% 5,805 43.63% 364 2.74%
2008 6,498 46.56% 6,766 48.48% 692 4.96%
2004 7,245 57.61% 4,960 39.44% 371 2.95%
2000 6,441 56.26% 3,884 33.93% 1,123 9.81%
1996 4,723 43.57% 4,195 38.70% 1,922 17.73%
1992 3,596 34.08% 3,938 37.32% 3,018 28.60%
1988 4,883 53.37% 4,109 44.91% 158 1.73%
1984 5,754 61.55% 3,473 37.15% 121 1.29%
1980 5,083 59.58% 2,615 30.65% 834 9.77%
1976 3,809 52.83% 3,253 45.12% 148 2.05%
1972 4,172 62.09% 2,260 33.64% 287 4.27%
1968 3,358 55.98% 1,956 32.61% 685 11.42%
1964 2,828 47.24% 3,148 52.59% 10 0.17%
1960 3,240 56.75% 2,462 43.12% 7 0.12%
1956 3,363 59.88% 2,253 40.12% 0 0.00%
1952 3,651 65.09% 1,893 33.75% 65 1.16%
1948 2,295 49.35% 2,177 46.82% 178 3.83%
1944 2,265 55.80% 1,750 43.11% 44 1.08%
1940 2,718 52.46% 2,379 45.92% 84 1.62%
1936 1,401 31.68% 2,656 60.06% 365 8.25%
1932 1,361 33.34% 2,514 61.59% 207 5.07%
1928 1,876 59.42% 1,256 39.78% 25 0.79%
1924 884 28.00% 340 10.77% 1,933 61.23%


Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19309,541
194013,49041.4%
195013,8352.6%
196013,104−5.3%
197014,44510.2%
198019,05631.9%
199021,04110.4%
200026,50726.0%
201028,7468.4%
202031,1348.3%
US Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census,[9] of 2000, there were 26,507 people, 10,192 households, and 7,215 families living in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 13,605 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 71.38% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 23.79% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. 2.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.7% were of German, 8.8% Irish, 7.8% English, 5.4% Norwegian and 5.4% American ancestry. 94.3% spoke English, 1.6% Salish and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 10,192 households, out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.

The county population contained 28.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,740, and the median income for a family was $34,033. Males had a median income of $27,009 versus $19,162 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,173. About 14.00% of families and 18.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.20% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,746 people, 11,432 households, and 7,770 families living in the county.[10] The population density was 19.3 inhabitants per square mile (7.5/km2). There were 16,588 housing units at an average density of 11.1 per square mile (4.3/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 69.4% white, 22.0% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 7.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 22.3% were German, 11.6% were English, 11.5% were Irish, 6.9% were Norwegian, and 3.8% were American.[12]

Of the 11,432 households, 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families, and 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 41.3 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,274 and the median income for a family was $47,437. Males had a median income of $37,461 versus $26,637 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,164. About 15.4% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau]]. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Selected 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 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Allentown MT Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)
  15. ^ Post Creek MT Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)
  16. ^ Proctor MT Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)
  17. ^ Round Butte MT Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)
  18. ^ Salmon Prairie Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)
  19. ^ Sipes MT Google Maps (accessed January 2, 2019)

Coordinates: 47°39′N 114°05′W / 47.65°N 114.09°W / 47.65; -114.09