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Custer County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Custer County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 16, 1877
Seat Miles City
Largest City Miles City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,793 sq mi (9,824 km²)
3,783 sq mi (9,798 km²)
9.9 sq mi (26 km²), 0.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

12,135
3.1/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Named for: George Armstrong Custer

Custer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,699. Its county seat is Miles City. The county was formed in 1877 and named in honor of George Armstrong Custer.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,793 square miles (9,820 km2), of which 3,783 square miles (9,800 km2) is land and 9.9 square miles (26 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • MT-59.svg Montana Highway 59

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 38
1880 2,510 6,505.3%
1890 5,308 111.5%
1900 7,891 48.7%
1910 14,123 79.0%
1920 12,194 −13.7%
1930 11,242 −7.8%
1940 10,422 −7.3%
1950 12,661 21.5%
1960 13,227 4.5%
1970 12,174 −8.0%
1980 13,109 7.7%
1990 11,697 −10.8%
2000 11,696 0.0%
2010 11,699 0.0%
Est. 2015 12,135 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 11,696 people, 4,768 households and 3,089 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,360 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.02% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 12.0% Norwegian, 8.4% English, 8.3% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry. 96.8% spoke English, 1.5% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 4,768 households of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.20% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

25.10% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median household income was $30,000 and the median family income was $38,779. Males had a median income of $27,857 compared with $18,343 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,876. About 10.10% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.10% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,699 people, 5,031 households, and 3,014 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.1 inhabitants per square mile (1.2/km2). There were 5,560 housing units at an average density of 1.5 per square mile (0.58/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.5% white, 1.7% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.6% were German, 18.3% were Irish, 14.3% were American, 14.1% were Norwegian, and 10.6% were English.

Of the 5,031 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.1% were non-families, and 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 42.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,913 and the median income for a family was $49,011. Males had a median income of $37,535 versus $26,576 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,676. About 12.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Custer County Courthouse - Miles City MT
County Courthouse in Miles City

City

Town

Unincorporated communities


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