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Blaine County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Blaine County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1912
Seat Chinook
Largest City Chinook
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,239 sq mi (10,979 km²)
4,228 sq mi (10,950 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 0.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

6,577
1.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.blainecounty-mt.gov
Named for: James G. Blaine

Blaine County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,491. Its county seat is Chinook. The county was named in honor of James G. Blaine, former United States Secretary of State. It is south of the Canada–US border with Saskatchewan.

History

In 1912 Blaine, Phillips and Hill counties withdrew from Chouteau County to form their own counties. The original boundary of Blaine County included a portion of land in the west that is included in Phillips County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,239 square miles (10,980 km2), of which 4,228 square miles (10,950 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.3%) is water.

The majority of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is located in the southeastern part of the county.

Features of the area include the Milk River, Bears Paw Mountains, and the Little Rocky Mountains.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

National protected areas

  • Black Coulee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park (part)
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,057
1930 9,006 −0.6%
1940 9,566 6.2%
1950 8,516 −11.0%
1960 8,091 −5.0%
1970 6,727 −16.9%
1980 6,999 4.0%
1990 6,728 −3.9%
2000 7,009 4.2%
2010 6,491 −7.4%
Est. 2015 6,577 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,009 people, 2,501 households, and 1,793 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,947 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 52.58% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 45.37% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.8% were of German and 8.1% Norwegian ancestry. 91.7% spoke English, 3.8% German and 2.0% Dakota as their first language.

There were 2,501 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.60% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,247, and the median income for a family was $30,616. Males had a median income of $23,627 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,101. About 23.40% of families and 28.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.50% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,491 people, 2,357 households, and 1,604 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.5 inhabitants per square mile (0.58/km2). There were 2,843 housing units at an average density of 0.7 per square mile (0.27/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 49.4% American Indian, 48.2% white, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.0% were German, 9.2% were Norwegian, 6.6% were Irish, 5.7% were English, and 2.0% were American.

Of the 2,357 households, 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.9% were non-families, and 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.28. The median age was 35.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,034 and the median income for a family was $40,890. Males had a median income of $32,320 versus $28,986 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,813. About 23.6% of families and 29.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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