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Daniels County
Daniels County Courthouse in Scobey
Map of Montana highlighting Daniels County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
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Montana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Montana
Founded 1920
Named for Mansfield Daniels
Seat Scobey
Largest city Scobey
 • Total 1,426 sq mi (3,690 km2)
 • Land 1,426 sq mi (3,690 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)  0.03%
 • Total 1,661
 • Density 1.1648/sq mi (0.44973/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
  • Montana county number 37

Daniels County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,661. Its county seat is Scobey.

In 2000, Daniels County was considered the most rural county in the continental United States as measured by the Index of Relative Rurality. It is on Montana's north border, and thus abuts the Canada–US border with Saskatchewan.


Daniels County was created in 1920 from portions of Sheridan and Valley Counties. The name comes from Mansfield Daniels, a local rancher.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,426 square miles (3,690 km2), of which 1,426 square miles (3,690 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Daniels County is predominately rolling plains. The Poplar River flows through the county.

Major highways

  • MT-5.svg Montana Highway 5
  • MT-13.svg Montana Highway 13

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 5,553
1940 4,563 −17.8%
1950 3,946 −13.5%
1960 3,755 −4.8%
1970 3,083 −17.9%
1980 2,835 −8.0%
1990 2,266 −20.1%
2000 2,017 −11.0%
2010 1,751 −13.2%
2020 1,661 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,751 people, 798 households, and 481 families living in the county. The population density was 1.2 inhabitants per square mile (0.46/km2). There were 1,111 housing units at an average density of 0.8 per square mile (0.31/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.7% white, 2.1% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 39.4% were Norwegian, 31.8% were German, 9.0% were English, 8.3% were Irish, and 1.2% were American.

Of the 798 households, 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.7% were non-families, and 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77. The median age was 50.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,125 and the median income for a family was $49,479. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $25,921 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,737. About 9.8% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities


The main source of income for Daniels County has been cattle and dryland wheat.


There is one K-12 school serving all of Daniels County, Scobey High School.

See also

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