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Golden Valley County, Montana
Map

Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 8, 1920
Seat Ryegate
Largest town Ryegate
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,176 sq mi (3,046 km²)
1,175 sq mi (3,043 km²)
1.0 sq mi (3 km²), 0.08%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

827
0.8/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.golden-valley.mt.us

Golden Valley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 884, making it the third-least populous county in Montana. Its county seat is Ryegate.

Golden Valley County is included in the Billings, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,176 square miles (3,050 km2), of which 1,175 square miles (3,040 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.08%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Montana by area.

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • MT-3.svg Montana Highway 3

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Lewis and Clark National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,126
1940 1,607 −24.4%
1950 1,337 −16.8%
1960 1,203 −10.0%
1970 931 −22.6%
1980 1,026 10.2%
1990 912 −11.1%
2000 1,042 14.3%
2010 884 −15.2%
Est. 2015 827 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,042 people, 365 households, and 263 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (1/sq mi). There were 450 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 99.14% White, 0.58% Native American, 0.10% Asian, and 0.19% from two or more races. 1.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.4% were of German, 11.4% American, 8.2% Norwegian and 7.7% English ancestry. 88.5% spoke English and 11.1% German as their first language.

There were 365 households out of which 26.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.80% were married couples living together, 3.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,308, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $14,028 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,573. About 16.50% of families and 25.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 21.60% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 884 people, 363 households, and 239 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.31/km2). There were 476 housing units at an average density of 0.4 per square mile (0.15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.0% white, 1.0% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 38.9% were German, 19.5% were English, 18.4% were Irish, 10.1% were Polish, 9.0% were American, 7.3% were Danish, 6.4% were Dutch, and 6.2% were Norwegian.

Of the 363 households, 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.2% were non-families, and 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.68. The median age was 48.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,726 and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $27,938 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,319. About 3.4% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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