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 
(2021)
6,999 Increase
 • Density3.0/sq mi (1.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
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.
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
Census Pop.
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%
2021 (est.)6,999[5]0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[2]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States census,[10] there were 7,180 people, 2,422 households, and 1,634 families in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 2,930 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.52% White, 0.50% Black or African American, 3.51% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.0% were of German, 13.6% Irish, 9.7% English, 7.4% American and 5.8% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,422 households, out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

The county population contained 21.20% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 143.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 151.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $35,836. Males had a median income of $26,366 versus $20,457 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,816. About 10.20% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 6.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 7,027 people, 2,466 households, and 1,582 families in the county.[11] 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 per square mile (0.50/km2).[12] 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.[11] 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.[13]

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.[11]

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.[14]

Government and infrastructure

The current Montana State Prison facility is located in an unincorporated area in the county, near Deer Lodge.[15]

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

United States presidential election results for Powell County, Montana[16][17]
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 "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". U.S. 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, 2021". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "US Decennial Census". U.S. 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". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ 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 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  15. ^ 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"
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 418 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 147 votes.
  18. ^ Danielsville MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  19. ^ Jens MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  20. ^ Pioneer MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  21. ^ Wall City MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)

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