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Choteau, Montana
City
Aerial view of Choteau
Aerial view of Choteau
Location of Choteau, Montana
Location of Choteau, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Teton
Area
 • Total 1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)
 • Land 1.83 sq mi (4.74 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,819 ft (1,164 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,684
 • Estimate (2015) 1,696
 • Density 920.2/sq mi (355.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59422
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-14650
GNIS feature ID 0800592
Teton County Courthouse, Choteau, Montana, United States
County Courthouse in Choteau

Choteau is a city in and the county seat of Teton County, Montana, United States. It lies along U.S. Routes 89 and 287 (the latter terminating at the former in this city) about 20 miles (32 km) east of the Rocky Mountains, near Flathead National Forest, the Rocky Mountain Division of Lewis and Clark National Forest, and Glacier National Park. The population was 1,684 at the 2010 census. The Montana town is named for French fur-trapper and explorer Pierre Chouteau, Jr., who is also the namesake of Chouteau County, Montana (county seat: Fort Benton).

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.83 square miles (4.74 km2), all of it land. The Teton River runs nearby, although for some distance upstream of Choteau, it is dry during much of the year.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,043
1930 926 −11.2%
1940 1,181 27.5%
1950 1,618 37.0%
1960 1,966 21.5%
1970 1,586 −19.3%
1980 1,798 13.4%
1990 1,741 −3.2%
2000 1,781 2.3%
2010 1,684 −5.4%
Est. 2015 1,696 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,684 people, 791 households, and 441 families residing in the city. The population density was 920.2 inhabitants per square mile (355.3/km2). There were 888 housing units at an average density of 485.2 per square mile (187.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 2.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 791 households of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.2% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the city was 49.1 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 25.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,781 people, 807 households, and 464 families residing in the city. The population density was 994.3 people per square mile (383.9/km2). There were 897 housing units at an average density of 500.8 per square mile (193.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.94% White, 0.06% African American, 2.92% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 807 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there ware 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,708, and the median income for a family was $35,655. Males had a median income of $22,429 versus $17,098 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,999. About 12.7% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.2% of those under the age of 18 and 12.5% of those 65 and older.

In the news

Choteau has made national news in the U.S. because it is the town nearest to a 2,700-acre (11 km2) ranch that David Letterman purchased in 1999 as a vacation home. Letterman has talked about the ranch on his late-night show and showed photos of a black bear invading the place in September 2003.

On his first show after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Letterman gave an impassioned monologue about New York City in the aftermath. He concluded the now-famous 7-minute speech by mentioning Choteau's rally to raise money for victims of the attacks, despite the long drought there.

On March 19, 2009, Letterman married his girlfriend of 23 years at the Teton County Courthouse in Choteau.

In 2008, school authorities in Choteau made national news headlines by canceling a speaking engagement by Nobel laureate climate researcher Steve Running, who was scheduled to speak to local high school students.

Climate

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

Climate data for Choteau, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
(23.9)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
86
(30)
92
(33.3)
97
(36.1)
105
(40.6)
106
(41.1)
96
(35.6)
90
(32.2)
80
(26.7)
78
(25.6)
106
(41.1)
Average high °F (°C) 33.7
(0.94)
39.2
(4)
46.3
(7.94)
56.0
(13.33)
65.3
(18.5)
73.7
(23.17)
81.0
(27.22)
80.9
(27.17)
70.3
(21.28)
59.4
(15.22)
42.5
(5.83)
35.7
(2.06)
57
(13.889)
Daily mean °F (°C) 23.5
(-4.72)
28.3
(-2.06)
35.1
(1.72)
43.9
(6.61)
52.8
(11.56)
60.8
(16)
66.4
(19.11)
66.0
(18.89)
56.5
(13.61)
47.1
(8.39)
33.1
(0.61)
25.9
(-3.39)
44.95
(7.194)
Average low °F (°C) 13.2
(-10.44)
17.4
(-8.11)
23.8
(-4.56)
31.7
(-0.17)
40.2
(4.56)
47.8
(8.78)
51.7
(10.94)
51.0
(10.56)
42.7
(5.94)
34.7
(1.5)
23.6
(-4.67)
16.1
(-8.83)
32.83
(0.458)
Record low °F (°C) −44
(-42.2)
−50
(-45.6)
−36
(-37.8)
−16
(-26.7)
8
(-13.3)
28
(-2.2)
28
(-2.2)
29
(-1.7)
−5
(-20.6)
−15
(-26.1)
−30
(-34.4)
−43
(-41.7)
−50
(-45.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.25
(6.4)
0.19
(4.8)
0.34
(8.6)
0.72
(18.3)
2.00
(50.8)
2.15
(54.6)
1.31
(33.3)
1.38
(35.1)
0.99
(25.1)
0.52
(13.2)
0.25
(6.4)
0.22
(5.6)
10.32
(262.1)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

Dinosaurs

Choteau is near one of the most important paleontology sites in the world, Egg Mountain. The Old Trail Museum in Choteau is home to the Maiasaura type fossil, which is the Montana State Fossil. The 3-D display can be viewed during the summer operating season. Also showcased is the Egg Mountain find along with a commentary on the significance to the paleontology world.


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