Meagher County
The Castle of White Sulphur Springs
Map of Montana highlighting Meagher 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°48′47″N 111°12′36″W / 46.813°N 111.21°W / 46.813; -111.21
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedNovember 16, 1867
Named forThomas Francis Meagher
SeatWhite Sulphur Springs
Largest cityWhite Sulphur Springs
Area
 • Total2,395 sq mi (6,200 km2)
 • Land2,392 sq mi (6,200 km2)
 • Water2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,927
 • Estimate 
(2021)
1,964 Increase
 • Density0.80/sq mi (0.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.meagherco.com
  • Montana county number 47

Meagher County (pronounced Marr) is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,927.[1] Its county seat is White Sulphur Springs.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the 2010 center of population of Montana is located in Meagher County at 46°47′N 111°18′W / 46.78°N 111.3°W / 46.78; -111.3[3]

History

Meagher County was named for Thomas Francis Meagher, territorial governor of Montana.[4]

The first county seat was Diamond City, the main city of the Confederate Gulch mining district. This area is no longer part of Meagher County, but today lies in neighboring Broadwater County.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,395 square miles (6,200 km2), of which 2,392 square miles (6,200 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Politics

This county has a strong Republican lean. This was one of 12 counties in Montana that Barry Goldwater won in 1964. A Democrat has not won since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

United States presidential election results for Meagher County, Montana[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 833 75.05% 258 23.24% 19 1.71%
2016 729 74.62% 193 19.75% 55 5.63%
2012 670 68.93% 269 27.67% 33 3.40%
2008 624 64.60% 298 30.85% 44 4.55%
2004 698 71.74% 247 25.39% 28 2.88%
2000 698 74.65% 176 18.82% 61 6.52%
1996 505 53.95% 281 30.02% 150 16.03%
1992 422 42.12% 260 25.95% 320 31.94%
1988 656 65.01% 337 33.40% 16 1.59%
1984 771 72.12% 283 26.47% 15 1.40%
1980 689 69.60% 247 24.95% 54 5.45%
1976 565 60.17% 364 38.76% 10 1.06%
1972 674 71.55% 230 24.42% 38 4.03%
1968 543 62.92% 218 25.26% 102 11.82%
1964 506 55.42% 405 44.36% 2 0.22%
1960 613 58.49% 431 41.13% 4 0.38%
1956 712 66.73% 355 33.27% 0 0.00%
1952 792 70.71% 326 29.11% 2 0.18%
1948 518 50.05% 497 48.02% 20 1.93%
1944 509 51.26% 482 48.54% 2 0.20%
1940 520 44.94% 621 53.67% 16 1.38%
1936 495 38.67% 767 59.92% 18 1.41%
1932 462 41.96% 621 56.40% 18 1.63%
1928 714 67.94% 335 31.87% 2 0.19%
1924 624 59.60% 257 24.55% 166 15.85%
1920 744 69.08% 314 29.16% 19 1.76%
1916 1,158 43.10% 1,482 55.15% 47 1.75%
1912 321 26.77% 473 39.45% 405 33.78%
1908 495 59.57% 314 37.79% 22 2.65%
1904 485 66.90% 230 31.72% 10 1.38%


Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18701,387
18802,74397.8%
18904,74973.1%
19002,526−46.8%
19104,19065.9%
19202,622−37.4%
19302,272−13.3%
19402,237−1.5%
19502,079−7.1%
19602,61625.8%
19702,122−18.9%
19802,1541.5%
19901,819−15.6%
20001,9326.2%
20101,891−2.1%
20201,9271.9%
2021 (est.)1,964[7]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 1,932 people, 803 households, and 529 families in the county. The population density was <1/km2 (1/sq mi). There were 1,363 housing units at an average density of <1/km2 (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.20% White, 1.04% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.8% were of German, 14.5% Norwegian, 13.3% English, 12.4% Irish and 7.8% American ancestry.

There were 803 households, out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.00.

The county population contained 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 28.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $15,417 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,019. About 16.40% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.40% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,891 people, 806 households, and 509 families in the county.[13] The population density was 0.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.31/km2). There were 1,432 housing units at an average density of 0.6 per square mile (0.23/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 38.6% were German, 14.3% were Norwegian, 13.6% were Irish, 11.0% were English, 5.9% were Scotch-Irish, and 3.2% were American.[15]

Of the 806 households, 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.8% were non-families, and 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.67. The median age was 50.1 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $31,577 and the median income for a family was $40,057. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $16,414 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,318. About 14.1% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities

City

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Individual residences (identified on aerial map)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010" (txt). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 204.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
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  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "United States Census website". United States Census Bureau]]. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  17. ^ Castle Town MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  18. ^ Checkerboard MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  19. ^ Fort Logan MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  20. ^ Hamen MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  21. ^ Loweth MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  22. ^ Moss Agate MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  23. ^ Moyne MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)
  24. ^ Ford Place MT Google Maps (accessed January 3, 2019)

Coordinates: 46°48′47″N 111°12′36″W / 46.813°N 111.210°W / 46.813; -111.210