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Froid, Montana
Motto(s): 
"Last Best Place"
Location of Froid, Montana
Location of Froid, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Roosevelt
Area
 • Total 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Land 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,031 ft (619 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 195
 • Density 314.52/sq mi (120.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59226
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-29500
GNIS feature ID 0771647

Froid is a town in Roosevelt County, Montana, United States. The population was 195 at the 2020 census. Froid was named for the French word for "cold".

History

Froid was incorporated in 1910. The town made headlines in 2007, when Governor Brian Schweitzer gave the commencement address to the high school graduating class, which consisted entirely of one student, Roxie Britton. The act received considerable soft news coverage for this distinction.

Froid was homesteaded by James and Alice Baker when they built a dry goods store, livery stable, and meat house all in the same building. They still have relatives in Froid (the Johnsons).

Geography

Froid is located at 48°20′9″N 104°29′25″W / 48.33583°N 104.49028°W / 48.33583; -104.49028 (48.335950, -104.490264), near the North Dakota border and north of Culbertson, Montana, on Highway 16.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.28 square miles (0.73 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 410
1930 434 5.9%
1940 441 1.6%
1950 555 25.9%
1960 418 −24.7%
1970 330 −21.1%
1980 323 −2.1%
1990 195 −39.6%
2000 195 0.0%
2010 185 −5.1%
2020 195 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 185 people, 92 households, and 49 families residing in the town. The population density was 660.7 inhabitants per square mile (255.1/km2). There were 117 housing units at an average density of 417.9 per square mile (161.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.3% White, 0.5% Native American, and 2.2% from two or more races.

There were 92 households, of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.7% were non-families. 43.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.8% 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 2.84.

The median age in the town was 50.9 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 1.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.4% male and 54.6% female.

Education

Froid Public Schools serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Froid High School's team name is the Red Hawks.

Roosevelt County Library, headquartered in Wolf Point, has a branch location in Froid.

The international bestseller The Paris Library, a novel written by Montanan author Janet Skeslien Charles is set in Froid.

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