Silver Bow County
Butte-Silver Bow County
Mike Mansfield Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Butte.
Map of Montana highlighting Silver Bow County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°54′N 112°40′W / 45.9°N 112.66°W / 45.9; -112.66
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedFebruary 16, 1881
Named forSilver Bow Creek
SeatButte
Largest cityButte
Area
 • Total719 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (2 km2)  0.08%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total35,133
 • Estimate 
(2021)
35,411 Increase
 • Density49/sq mi (19/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websiteco.silverbow.mt.us
  • Montana county number 01
  • Unigov with Butte, MT

Silver Bow County is a county in the U.S. state Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 35,133.[1] Its county seat is Butte.[2] In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the single entity of Butte-Silver Bow. Additionally, the town of Walkerville is a separate municipality from Butte and is within the county.

Silver Bow County comprises the Butte-Silver Bow, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has an area of 719 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.08%) is water.[3] It is Montana's smallest county by area.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
189023,744
190047,635100.6%
191056,84819.3%
192060,3136.1%
193056,969−5.5%
194053,209−6.6%
195048,422−9.0%
196046,454−4.1%
197041,981−9.6%
198038,092−9.3%
199033,941−10.9%
200034,6062.0%
201034,200−1.2%
202035,1332.7%
2021 (est.)35,411[4]0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States census, there were 34,606 people, 14,432 households, and 8,933 families living in the county. The population density was 48 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 16,176 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.35% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 2.03% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 2.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.4% were of Irish, 14.2% German, 11.4% English and 5.9% Italian ancestry.

There were 14,432 households, out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.10% were non-families. 32.80% 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 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.

The county population contained 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,402, and the median income for a family was $40,018. Males had a median income of $31,295 versus $21,610 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,009. About 10.70% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 34,200 people, 14,932 households, and 8,651 families living in the county.[9] The population density was 47.6 inhabitants per square mile (18.4/km2). There were 16,717 housing units at an average density of 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 94.4% white, 1.9% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.7% of the population.[9] In terms of ancestry, 32.6% were Irish, 23.3% were German, 16.1% were English, 8.3% were Italian, 6.9% were Norwegian, and 3.2% were American.[11]

Of the 14,932 households, 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.1% were non-families, and 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 41.3 years.[9]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,986 and the median income for a family was $52,288. Males had a median income of $41,491 versus $28,132 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,357. About 11.6% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.[12]

Government and politics

As with neighboring Deer Lodge County are the two most consistently Democratic counties in Montana when it comes to Presidential elections, with Silver Bow County last voting Republican in 1956 for Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Over the last century, Silver Bow County has voted only once for a Republican gubernatorial candidate (Marc Racicot during the 1996 Montana election).[13] Silver Bow County has not supported any Republican at all for the U.S. Senate since at least 1928.[13]

Silver Bow County is in Senate District 37 and in HR District 73.[14]

United States presidential election results for Silver Bow County, Montana[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 7,745 41.51% 10,392 55.70% 521 2.79%
2016 6,376 38.76% 8,619 52.39% 1,457 8.86%
2012 5,430 32.41% 10,857 64.79% 469 2.80%
2008 4,818 28.27% 11,676 68.51% 548 3.22%
2004 6,381 39.67% 9,307 57.86% 396 2.46%
2000 6,299 37.71% 8,967 53.68% 1,437 8.60%
1996 3,909 22.11% 11,199 63.35% 2,569 14.53%
1992 3,491 19.24% 9,960 54.89% 4,695 25.87%
1988 5,043 30.22% 11,422 68.45% 222 1.33%
1984 6,637 36.85% 11,095 61.60% 278 1.54%
1980 7,301 37.68% 9,721 50.17% 2,355 12.15%
1976 7,506 39.28% 11,377 59.53% 227 1.19%
1972 7,967 39.05% 11,704 57.36% 733 3.59%
1968 5,488 27.98% 12,626 64.36% 1,503 7.66%
1964 4,873 22.94% 15,751 74.16% 615 2.90%
1960 7,290 34.40% 13,754 64.91% 146 0.69%
1956 11,619 50.31% 11,475 49.69% 0 0.00%
1952 10,196 43.46% 13,114 55.90% 148 0.63%
1948 7,305 34.24% 12,715 59.60% 1,315 6.16%
1944 7,610 36.17% 13,228 62.87% 202 0.96%
1940 7,932 30.82% 17,467 67.88% 335 1.30%
1936 4,528 20.02% 17,697 78.23% 398 1.76%
1932 6,792 31.11% 13,626 62.41% 1,416 6.49%
1928 9,456 44.81% 11,228 53.21% 419 1.99%
1924 6,520 34.66% 5,393 28.66% 6,901 36.68%
1920 10,074 55.36% 6,394 35.14% 1,730 9.51%
1916 6,757 31.36% 13,084 60.72% 1,706 7.92%
1912 2,232 18.76% 4,542 38.18% 5,122 43.06%
1908 4,618 33.82% 6,255 45.80% 2,783 20.38%
1904 5,149 36.07% 5,686 39.83% 3,439 24.09%
1900 3,873 23.75% 12,101 74.19% 336 2.06%
1896 1,275 11.29% 9,992 88.46% 29 0.26%
1892 3,251 38.58% 2,648 31.43% 2,527 29.99%


Communities

Rhodochrosite from the old Emma Mine in the Butte Mining District
Rhodochrosite from the old Emma Mine in the Butte Mining District

City

Town

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 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ a b c David Leip. "Presidential Atlas". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Montana Legislative Information and District Maps". nris.mt.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ High View MT Google Maps (accessed January 7, 2019)
  16. ^ Williamsburg MT Google Maps (accessed January 7, 2019)

Coordinates: 45°54′N 112°40′W / 45.90°N 112.66°W / 45.90; -112.66