Powell County
Powell County Courthouse, Deer Lodge
Powell County Courthouse, Deer Lodge
Map of Montana highlighting Powell 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°51′N 112°56′W / 46.85°N 112.94°W / 46.85; -112.94
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedFebruary 2, 1901[1]
Named forMount Powell, which was named in turn for John Wesley Powell
SeatDeer Lodge
Largest cityDeer Lodge
Area
 • Total2,333 sq mi (6,040 km2)
 • Land2,326 sq mi (6,020 km2)
 • Water6.3 sq mi (16 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total6,946
 • Estimate 
(2022)
7,051 Increase
 • Density3.0/sq mi (1.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.powellcountymt.gov/ez/index.php
  • Montana county number 28

Powell County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,946.[2] Its county seat is Deer Lodge.[3]

Geography

Powell County countryside, near Avon, Montana.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,332.7 square miles (6,042 km2), of which 2,326.4 square miles (6,025 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
19105,904
19206,90917.0%
19306,202−10.2%
19406,152−0.8%
19506,3012.4%
19607,00211.1%
19706,660−4.9%
19806,9584.5%
19906,620−4.9%
20007,1808.5%
20107,027−2.1%
20206,946−1.2%
2022 (est.)7,051[5]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960,[7] 1900–1990,[8]
1990–2000,[9] 2010–2020[2]

2020 census

As of the 2020 census, there were 6,946 people living in the county.[citation needed]

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 7,027 people, 2,466 households, and 1,582 families in the county. The population density was 3.0 inhabitants per square mile (1.2/km2). There were 3,105 housing units at an average density of 1.3 units per square mile (0.50 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.4% white, 4.4% American Indian, 1.0% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 27.9% were German, 19.1% were Irish, 14.6% were English, 8.5% were Norwegian, and 4.7% were American.

Of the 2,466 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.8% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 45.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,851 and the median income for a family was $45,339. Males had a median income of $30,163 versus $24,837 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,849. About 12.3% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.4% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The current Montana State Prison facility is located in an unincorporated area in the county, near Deer Lodge.[10]

Powell County voters have supported Republican Party candidates in every national election since 1964.

United States presidential election results for Powell County, Montana[11][12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,355 74.08% 752 23.66% 72 2.26%
2016 2,029 72.62% 551 19.72% 214 7.66%
2012 1,806 65.03% 888 31.98% 83 2.99%
2008 1,683 59.81% 1,021 36.28% 110 3.91%
2004 1,993 70.42% 761 26.89% 76 2.69%
2000 1,971 69.60% 638 22.53% 223 7.87%
1996 1,274 45.47% 952 33.98% 576 20.56%
1992 1,058 36.01% 989 33.66% 891 30.33%
1988 1,574 56.31% 1,174 42.00% 47 1.68%
1984 1,877 62.32% 1,066 35.39% 69 2.29%
1980 1,770 59.14% 883 29.50% 340 11.36%
1976 1,610 54.56% 1,302 44.12% 39 1.32%
1972 1,720 59.68% 1,050 36.43% 112 3.89%
1968 1,301 47.50% 1,206 44.03% 232 8.47%
1964 1,140 37.50% 1,896 62.37% 4 0.13%
1960 1,497 49.49% 1,522 50.31% 6 0.20%
1956 1,683 58.09% 1,214 41.91% 0 0.00%
1952 1,783 57.85% 1,281 41.56% 18 0.58%
1948 1,163 43.49% 1,427 53.37% 84 3.14%
1944 1,100 41.59% 1,527 57.73% 18 0.68%
1940 1,116 38.46% 1,765 60.82% 21 0.72%
1936 799 27.42% 2,060 70.69% 55 1.89%
1932 1,031 34.42% 1,869 62.40% 95 3.17%
1928 1,568 59.80% 1,031 39.32% 23 0.88%
1924 982 40.39% 559 22.99% 890 36.61%
1920 1,345 57.19% 787 33.46% 220 9.35%
1916 939 39.75% 1,340 56.73% 83 3.51%
1912 335 23.18% 545 37.72% 565 39.10%
1908 599 49.63% 560 46.40% 48 3.98%
1904 721 60.54% 422 35.43% 48 4.03%

Communities

City

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ Powell County History
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ Montana State Prison Archived November 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Montana Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 2, 2010. "Address: 400 Conley Lake Road; Deer Lodge, MT; 59722"
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  12. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 418 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 147 votes.
  13. ^ Danielsville MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  14. ^ Jens MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  15. ^ Pioneer MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  16. ^ Wall City MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)

46°51′N 112°56′W / 46.85°N 112.94°W / 46.85; -112.94