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Plentywood, Montana
City
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Location of Plentywood, Montana
Location of Plentywood, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Sheridan
Area
 • Total 1.17 sq mi (3.03 km2)
 • Land 1.17 sq mi (3.03 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,047 ft (624 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,734
 • Estimate (2015) 1,923
 • Density 1,482.1/sq mi (572.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59254
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-58375
GNIS feature ID 0775295

Plentywood is a city in and the county seat of Sheridan County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,734 at the 2010 census.

History

The first business in Plentywood opened in 1900, and a post office was established two years later. The city incorporated in 1912, following the arrival of a Great Northern Railway branch line that eventually ran from Bainville to Opheim. Local folklore suggests that the name of the nearby Plentywood Creek, after which the city was named, comes from a search for firewood. One day, according to the story, a group of cowboys watched in exasperation as the chuck wagon cook attempted to start a fire with damp buffalo chips. Finally, in frustration, Dutch Henry said, "If you’ll go 2 miles up this creek, you’ll find plenty wood."

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.17 square miles (3.03 km2), all of it land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Plentywood has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 888
1930 1,226 38.1%
1940 1,574 28.4%
1950 1,862 18.3%
1960 2,121 13.9%
1970 2,381 12.3%
1980 2,476 4.0%
1990 2,136 −13.7%
2000 2,061 −3.5%
2010 1,734 −15.9%
Est. 2015 1,923 10.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,734 people, 820 households, and 462 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,482.1 inhabitants per square mile (572.2/km2). There were 972 housing units at an average density of 830.8 per square mile (320.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 820 households of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.7% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the city was 49.7 years. 19.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 24.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,061 people, 857 households, and 522 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,756.1 people per square mile (680.1/km²). There were 1,020 housing units at an average density of 869.1 per square mile (336.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.14% White, 0.97% Native American, 0.15% African American, 0.19% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 857 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,037, and the median income for a family was $37,679. Males had a median income of $24,741 versus $20,662 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,609. About 10.6% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Plentywood experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with long, cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers.

Climate data for Plentywood, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 59
(15)
68
(20)
77
(25)
89
(31.7)
97
(36.1)
105
(40.6)
107
(41.7)
104
(40)
101
(38.3)
96
(35.6)
75
(23.9)
55
(12.8)
107
(41.7)
Average high °F (°C) 20.9
(-6.17)
29.8
(-1.22)
42.0
(5.56)
58.1
(14.5)
70.4
(21.33)
79.0
(26.11)
84.2
(29)
83.5
(28.61)
71.5
(21.94)
58.1
(14.5)
37.0
(2.78)
24.4
(-4.22)
54.91
(12.727)
Daily mean °F (°C) 9.3
(-12.61)
18.2
(-7.67)
29.9
(-1.17)
43.6
(6.44)
55.6
(13.11)
64.6
(18.11)
68.8
(20.44)
67.7
(19.83)
55.9
(13.28)
43.8
(6.56)
26.2
(-3.22)
13.6
(-10.22)
41.43
(5.241)
Average low °F (°C) −2.3
(-19.06)
6.6
(-14.11)
17.7
(-7.94)
29.1
(-1.61)
40.7
(4.83)
50.2
(10.11)
53.4
(11.89)
51.9
(11.06)
40.2
(4.56)
29.4
(-1.44)
15.3
(-9.28)
2.7
(-16.28)
27.91
(-2.273)
Record low °F (°C) −43
(-41.7)
−41
(-40.6)
−33
(-36.1)
−6
(-21.1)
9
(-12.8)
28
(-2.2)
37
(2.8)
32
(0)
16
(-8.9)
−11
(-23.9)
−28
(-33.3)
−36
(-37.8)
−43
(-41.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.31
(7.9)
0.61
(15.5)
0.82
(20.8)
1.87
(47.5)
2.74
(69.6)
2.24
(56.9)
1.36
(34.5)
1.36
(34.5)
0.72
(18.3)
0.41
(10.4)
0.37
(9.4)
13.15
(334)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)
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