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Garfield County
Garfield County Courthouse in Jordan
Garfield County Courthouse in Jordan
Map of Montana highlighting Garfield County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Montana
Founded February 7, 1919
Seat Jordan
Largest town Jordan
 • Total 4,847 sq mi (12,550 km2)
 • Land 4,675 sq mi (12,110 km2)
 • Water 172 sq mi (450 km2)  3.6%
 • Total 1,173
 • Density 0.24201/sq mi (0.09344/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
  • Montana county number 50

Garfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,173. Its county seat is Jordan.

Garfield County is noteworthy as the site of the discovery and excavation of four of the world's dozen or so major specimens (as of 1994) of Tyrannosaurus rex. A cast of the skull of one of these dinosaurs is on display at the Garfield County Museum.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,847 square miles (12,550 km2), of which 4,675 square miles (12,110 km2) is land and 172 square miles (450 km2) (3.6%) is water. Its average population density of 0.1058 inhabitants/km² (0.274/sq mi) is the third-lowest of any county outside of Alaska (behind Loving County, Texas and Esmeralda County, Nevada).

Major highways

  • Montana Highway 22
  • MT-59.svg Montana Highway 59
  • MT-24.svg Montana Highway 24
  • MT-200.svg Montana Highway 200

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 5,368
1930 4,252 −20.8%
1940 2,641 −37.9%
1950 2,172 −17.8%
1960 1,981 −8.8%
1970 1,796 −9.3%
1980 1,656 −7.8%
1990 1,589 −4.0%
2000 1,279 −19.5%
2010 1,206 −5.7%
2020 1,173 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,206 people, 532 households, and 347 families living in the county. The population density was 0.3 inhabitants per square mile (0.12/km2). There were 844 housing units at an average density of 0.2 per square mile (0.077/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.6% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.3% were German, 16.9% were Irish, 15.0% were Norwegian, 13.3% were English, 10.5% were American, 8.1% were Swedish, and 7.4% were Scottish.

Of the 532 households, 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.8% were non-families, and 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 46.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,955 and the median income for a family was $54,375. Males had a median income of $37,813 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,424. About 8.1% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities

See also

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