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Box Elder, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Hill
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
2,677 ft (816 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 87
 • Density 111/sq mi (42.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59521
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-08725
GNIS feature ID 0802050

Box Elder is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hill County in the U.S. state of Montana. The population was 87 at the 2010 census. The population was 794 at the 2000 census, but before 2010 the Box Elder CDP was split into the current much-smaller Box Elder CDP, while most of the former CDP area went into the new Rocky Boy West CDP. Box Elder is the headquarters of the Chippewa-Cree tribe.

The post office was established in 1889. The town was first called "Bremer", the name of an early homesteader. Eventually it was changed to "Box Elder", for the nearby creek lined with box elder trees.

Geography

Box Elder is located at 48°18′26″N 110°0′10″W / 48.30722°N 110.00278°W / 48.30722; -110.00278 (48.307210, -110.002873).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.8 square miles (14.9 km²), all land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Box Elder has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 794 people, 183 households, and 167 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 138.1 people per square mile (53.3/km2). There were 190 housing units at an average density of 33.1 per square mile (12.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 4.16% White, 94.84% Native American, 0.25% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.77% of the population.

There were 183 households, out of which 64.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 29.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.2% were non-families. 4.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.34 and the average family size was 4.49.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 47.9% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 10.1% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,728, and the median income for a family was $18,913. Males had a median income of $19,773 versus $20,795 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,128. About 47.2% of families and 51.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 59.1% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.

In media

Box Elder is referenced in the indie rock band Pavement's song Box Elder.

Education

Box Elder Public Schools educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. They are known as the Bears. Box Elder High School is a Class C school.

Stone Child College is located 8 miles (13 km) east of Box Elder in Boneau.

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