Wibaux County Courthouse in Wibaux
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||August 17, 1914|
|• Total||890 sq mi (2,300 km2)|
|• Land||889 sq mi (2,300 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (2 km2) 0.07%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1.1/sq mi (0.44/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Wibaux County (// WEE-boh) is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 1,017 making it the fourth-least populous county in Montana. Its county seat is Wibaux.
Wibaux County was created by the Montana Legislature in 1914 from parts of Dawson, Fallon, and Richland Counties. The name comes from Pierre Wibaux (1858–1913), a late 19th-century cattle baron and friend of Theodore Roosevelt whose ranch was just over the border (in Dakota Territory, later North Dakota). According to legend, Pierre Wibaux's cowboys surrounded the town of Mingusville, and wouldn't let anyone enter or leave town unless they signed a petition changing the name of the town to Wibaux. Upon his death, his ashes were spread over a hill west of Wibaux. Today, a statue of Pierre Wibaux stands on that hill.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 890 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 889 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.07%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Montana by land area.
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 1,068 people, 421 households, and 287 families in the county. The population density was less than 1 person per square mile (1/km2). There were 587 housing units at an average density of 0.7/square mile (0.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.03% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of German, 18.7% Norwegian, 13.3% Polish, 6.7% English and 6.4% Irish ancestry.
There were 421 households, out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.
The county population contained 25.80% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 22.50% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,224, and the median income for a family was $34,265. Males had a median income of $22,750 versus $18,667 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,121. About 8.60% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.70% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,017 people, 457 households, and 281 families in the county. The population density was 1.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.42/km2). There were 538 housing units at an average density of 0.6/square mile (0.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 46.3% were German, 13.7% were Polish, 13.4% were Irish, 12.1% were American, 9.5% were English, 8.0% were Norwegian, and 5.3% were Dutch.
Of the 457 households, 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.5% were non-families, and 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.80. The median age was 49.0 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,417 and the median income for a family was $51,354. Males had a median income of $43,438 versus $24,821 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,579. About 7.2% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.
Wibaux County voters are reliably Republican. Since 1964 they have selected the Democratic Party candidate in only one national election (as of 2016).