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Granite County
Granite County Courthouse
Granite County Courthouse
Map of Montana highlighting Granite 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 March 2, 1893
Seat Philipsburg
Largest town Philipsburg
Area
 • Total 1,733 sq mi (4,490 km2)
 • Land 1,727 sq mi (4,470 km2)
 • Water 5.6 sq mi (15 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,079
 • Estimate 
(2020)
3,317
 • Density 1.7767/sq mi (0.68598/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
  • Montana county number 46

Granite County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 3,079. Its county seat is Philipsburg. The county was founded in 1893, and was named for a mountain which contains the Granite Mountain silver mine.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,733 square miles (4,490 km2), of which 1,727 square miles (4,470 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (0.3%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Deerlodge National Forest (part)
  • Lolo National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 4,328
1910 2,942 −32.0%
1920 4,167 41.6%
1930 3,013 −27.7%
1940 3,401 12.9%
1950 2,773 −18.5%
1960 3,014 8.7%
1970 2,737 −9.2%
1980 2,700 −1.4%
1990 2,548 −5.6%
2000 2,830 11.1%
2010 3,079 8.8%
2020 (est.) 3,317 7.7%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,079 people, 1,417 households, and 911 families living in the county. The population density was 1.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.69/km2). There were 2,822 housing units at an average density of 1.6 per square mile (0.62/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.2% were German, 20.2% were Irish, 18.8% were English, 13.5% were Norwegian, and 7.9% were American.

Of the 1,417 households, 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.7% were non-families, and 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.63. The median age was 52.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,052 and the median income for a family was $47,685. Males had a median income of $41,307 versus $23,958 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,222. About 7.5% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities

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