Prairie County
Downtown Terry, Montana during a typical snowy day.
Downtown Terry, Montana during a typical snowy day.
Map of Montana highlighting Prairie 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 105°22′W / 46.85°N 105.37°W / 46.85; -105.37
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedFebruary 5, 1915
Named forPrairie landscape
SeatTerry
Largest townTerry
Area
 • Total1,743 sq mi (4,510 km2)
 • Land1,737 sq mi (4,500 km2)
 • Water5.8 sq mi (15 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,088
 • Estimate 
(2021)
1,091 Increase
 • Density0.6/sq mi (0.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitevisitterrymt.com (Terry Chamber of Commerce)
  • Montana county number 45

Prairie County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,088,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in Montana.[citation needed] Its county seat is Terry.[2] Prairie County was created by the Montana Legislature in 1915 out of parts of Custer, Dawson, and Fallon Counties. The name was selected in a contest and reflects the predominant landscape of the region.[3]

The county was the site of the 1938 Custer Creek train wreck that killed 47 people and injured 75.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,743 square miles (4,510 km2), of which 1,737 square miles (4,500 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19203,684
19303,9417.0%
19402,410−38.8%
19502,377−1.4%
19602,318−2.5%
19701,752−24.4%
19801,8364.8%
19901,383−24.7%
20001,199−13.3%
20101,179−1.7%
20201,088−7.7%
2021 (est.)1,091[5]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 census[10] there were 1,199 people, 537 households, and 354 families in the county. The population density was <1/km2 (<1/sq mi). There were 718 housing units at an average density of <1/km2 (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.00% White, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.8% were of German, 12.4% Irish, 11.9% Norwegian and 7.0% English ancestry. 97.8% spoke English and 2.2% German as their first language.

There were 537 households, out of which 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 2.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.74.

The county population contained 18.70% under the age of 18, 4.30% from 18 to 24, 20.00% from 25 to 44, 32.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 106.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,451, and the median income for a family was $32,292. Males had a median income of $22,424 versus $18,833 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,422. About 13.30% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,179 people, 551 households, and 342 families in the county.[11] The population density was 0.7 inhabitants per square mile (0.27/km2). There were 673 housing units at an average density of 0.4 per square mile (0.15/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 96.4% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 44.7% were German, 18.6% were Norwegian, 14.1% were American, 11.8% were Irish, and 9.5% were English.[13]

Of the 551 households, 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.9% were non-families, and 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.67. The median age was 53.6 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $34,896 and the median income for a family was $43,500. Males had a median income of $28,438 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,296. About 12.4% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics

Voters in Prairie County have voted for Republican Party candidates in all national elections since 1948 (as of 2016).

United States presidential election results for Prairie County, Montana[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 603 81.05% 126 16.94% 15 2.02%
2016 556 80.70% 100 14.51% 33 4.79%
2012 520 73.97% 167 23.76% 16 2.28%
2008 503 68.44% 211 28.71% 21 2.86%
2004 546 74.18% 181 24.59% 9 1.22%
2000 541 72.52% 164 21.98% 41 5.50%
1996 417 53.46% 259 33.21% 104 13.33%
1992 412 48.13% 260 30.37% 184 21.50%
1988 541 60.11% 343 38.11% 16 1.78%
1984 693 69.93% 289 29.16% 9 0.91%
1980 580 62.57% 283 30.53% 64 6.90%
1976 597 58.59% 415 40.73% 7 0.69%
1972 685 68.57% 303 30.33% 11 1.10%
1968 635 67.77% 270 28.82% 32 3.42%
1964 555 52.96% 488 46.56% 5 0.48%
1960 649 65.75% 338 34.25% 0 0.00%
1956 637 61.25% 403 38.75% 0 0.00%
1952 771 69.21% 338 30.34% 5 0.45%
1948 499 47.89% 527 50.58% 16 1.54%
1944 598 55.68% 468 43.58% 8 0.74%
1940 597 51.42% 554 47.72% 10 0.86%
1936 454 33.31% 877 64.34% 32 2.35%
1932 634 45.71% 732 52.78% 21 1.51%
1928 968 70.20% 405 29.37% 6 0.44%
1924 683 56.21% 162 13.33% 370 30.45%
1920 881 76.68% 242 21.06% 26 2.26%
1916 535 45.38% 622 52.76% 22 1.87%


Communities

Town

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Other communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Montana Place Names Companion". Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Retrieved May 9, 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, 2021". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "United States 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. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "United States Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States 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". United States 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". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Crow Rock MT Google Maps (accessed January 5, 2019)
  17. ^ McCloud MT Google Maps (accessed January 5, 2019)

Coordinates: 46°51′N 105°22′W / 46.85°N 105.37°W / 46.85; -105.37