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Chinook
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Location of Chinook, Montana
Location of Chinook, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Blaine
Area
 • Total 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Land 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,428 ft (740 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,185
 • Density 2,278.85/sq mi (877.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
59523, 59535
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-14575
GNIS feature ID 0769848

Chinook is a city in and the county seat of Blaine County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,185 at the 2020 census. Points of interest are the Bear Paw Battlefield Museum located in the small town's center and the Bear Paw Battlefield, located twenty miles south of Chinook.

Geography

Chinook is located at 48°35′N 109°14′W / 48.583°N 109.233°W / 48.583; -109.233 (48.5894, -109.2321).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 780
1920 1,217 56.0%
1930 1,320 8.5%
1940 2,051 55.4%
1950 2,307 12.5%
1960 2,326 0.8%
1970 1,813 −22.1%
1980 1,660 −8.4%
1990 1,512 −8.9%
2000 1,386 −8.3%
2010 1,203 −13.2%
2020 1,185 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,203 people, 599 households, and 313 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,358.8 inhabitants per square mile (910.7/km2). There were 697 housing units at an average density of 1,366.7 per square mile (527.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.4% White, 9.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 599 households, of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.7% were non-families. 43.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 46.7 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.4% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Climate

Chinook experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with long, cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.

Climate data for Chinook, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19.4)
75
(23.9)
82
(27.8)
92
(33.3)
96
(35.6)
104
(40)
105
(40.6)
109
(42.8)
104
(40)
90
(32.2)
79
(26.1)
66
(18.9)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 25.9
(-3.39)
33.4
(0.78)
45.1
(7.28)
58.9
(14.94)
69.1
(20.61)
77.8
(25.44)
84.0
(28.89)
83.7
(28.72)
72.1
(22.28)
59.2
(15.11)
40.3
(4.61)
29.7
(-1.28)
56.6
(13.667)
Daily mean °F (°C) 12.7
(-10.72)
19.8
(-6.78)
30.9
(-0.61)
44.4
(6.89)
55.0
(12.78)
63.9
(17.72)
68.6
(20.33)
67.6
(19.78)
55.4
(13)
43.2
(6.22)
26.9
(-2.83)
16.7
(-8.5)
42.09
(5.606)
Average low °F (°C) −0.5
(-18.06)
6.2
(-14.33)
16.7
(-8.5)
29.9
(-1.17)
40.8
(4.89)
49.9
(9.94)
53.1
(11.72)
51.4
(10.78)
38.6
(3.67)
27.2
(-2.67)
13.4
(-10.33)
3.7
(-15.72)
27.53
(-2.481)
Record low °F (°C) −50
(-45.6)
−44
(-42.2)
−36
(-37.8)
−10
(-23.3)
11
(-11.7)
28
(-2.2)
36
(2.2)
29
(-1.7)
13
(-10.6)
−24
(-31.1)
−38
(-38.9)
−50
(-45.6)
−50
(-45.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.54
(13.7)
0.32
(8.1)
0.56
(14.2)
0.99
(25.1)
2.29
(58.2)
2.29
(58.2)
1.66
(42.2)
1.34
(34)
1.43
(36.3)
0.66
(16.8)
0.47
(11.9)
0.51
(13)
13.06
(331.7)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

Education

Chinook Public Schools serves students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Chinook High School is a Class C school (less than 108 students) which helps determine athletic competitions.

Chinook is home to the Blaine County Library.

Infrastructure

Edgar G. Obie Airport is located 1 mile west of Chinook.

Notable people

  • Elliott Blackstone, sergeant of the San Francisco Police Department and longtime advocate for LGBT rights.
  • Chet Blaylock, former member of the Montana State Senate, taught at a school in the city.
  • U.S. Grant Sharp, Jr., former United States Navy four star admiral and Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet.
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