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Musselshell County
The Musselshell County Courthouse in Roundup
The Musselshell County Courthouse in Roundup
Map of Montana highlighting Musselshell County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Montana
Founded February 2, 1911
Seat Roundup
Largest city Roundup
Area
 • Total 1,871 sq mi (4,850 km2)
 • Land 1,868 sq mi (4,840 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,538
 • Estimate 
(2020)
4,669
 • Density 2.4254/sq mi (0.9365/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
  • Montana county number 23

Musselshell County is a county in south-central Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 4,538. Its county seat is Roundup.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,871 square miles (4,850 km2), of which 1,868 square miles (4,840 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 12,030
1930 7,242 −39.8%
1940 5,717 −21.1%
1950 5,408 −5.4%
1960 4,888 −9.6%
1970 3,734 −23.6%
1980 4,428 18.6%
1990 4,106 −7.3%
2000 4,497 9.5%
2010 4,538 0.9%
2020 (est.) 4,669 2.9%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,538 people, 2,046 households, and 1,276 families in the county. The population density was 2.4 inhabitants per square mile (0.93/km2). There were 2,654 housing units at an average density of 1.4 per square mile (0.54/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.1% white, 1.3% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 28.1% were German, 16.5% were English, 16.1% were Irish, 7.6% were Norwegian, and 7.0% were American.

Of the 2,046 households, 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.6% were non-families, and 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.78. The median age was 49.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,033 and the median income for a family was $47,860. Males had a median income of $33,182 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,875. About 14.1% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

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Census-designated places

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