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Rosebud County
County courthouse in Forsyth
County courthouse in Forsyth
Map of Montana highlighting Rosebud 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 11, 1901
Named for Rosebud River
Seat Forsyth
Largest city Colstrip
 • Total 5,027 sq mi (13,020 km2)
 • Land 5,010 sq mi (13,000 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  0.3%
 • Total 8,329
 • Density 1.65685/sq mi (0.63971/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large
  • Montana county number 29

Rosebud County is a county in the state of Montana. It was established February 11, 1901, and has Montana vehicle license plate prefix 29. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 8,329. Its county seat is Forsyth.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,027 square miles (13,020 km2), of which 5,010 square miles (13,000 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Montana by land area and fifth-largest by total area.

Major highways

  • I-94
  • I-94 Bus.
  • US 12
  • US 212
  • MT 39
  • MT 59

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Custer National Forest (part)


2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,233 people, 3,395 households, and 2,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.69/km2). There were 4,057 housing units at an average density of 0.8 per square mile (0.31/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 61.3% white, 34.7% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.0% were American, 19.0% were German, 6.9% were English, and 6.6% were Irish.

Of the 3,395 households, 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.7% were non-families, and 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.32. The median age was 36.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,776 and the median income for a family was $56,282. Males had a median income of $52,500 versus $28,306 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,844. About 13.6% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated places

Other communities

Notable people

  • Heather Sharfeddin – novelist, grew up in Rosebud County
  • Frederic Remington (1861-1909) - famous western artist who lived at times, as late as 1901, on the Charles Boals ranch near Birney and the Cheyenne Indian Reservation where he hunted, painted and sketched.

See also

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