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Saco, Montana
Downtown Saco
Downtown Saco
Location of Saco, Montana
Location of Saco, Montana
Coordinates: 48°27′27″N 107°20′31″W / 48.45750°N 107.34194°W / 48.45750; -107.34194Coordinates: 48°27′27″N 107°20′31″W / 48.45750°N 107.34194°W / 48.45750; -107.34194
Country United States
State Montana
County Phillips
Area
 • Total 0.30 sq mi (0.79 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.79 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,182 ft (665 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 159
 • Density 530.00/sq mi (201.27/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59261
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-65050
GNIS feature ID 0776059

Saco is a town in Phillips County, Montana, United States. The population was 159 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Saco is located at 48°27′27″N 107°20′31″W / 48.45750°N 107.34194°W / 48.45750; -107.34194 (48.457557, -107.342030).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2), all of it land.

Climate

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

History

Faced with the task of naming hundreds of station stops along the High Line, Great Northern Railway officials resorted to "globe trotting." According to one story, an official spun a globe and put his finger on Saco, Maine, thus giving the town its name. For two years, Saco boasted the Guinness world record for making the world's largest hamburger, building the 6,040-pound burger from the beef of 17 cattle in 1999.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 425
1930 506 19.1%
1940 452 −10.7%
1950 539 19.2%
1960 490 −9.1%
1970 356 −27.3%
1980 252 −29.2%
1990 261 3.6%
2000 224 −14.2%
2010 197 −12.1%
2020 159 −19.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 197 people, 102 households, and 47 families residing in the town. The population density was 597.0 inhabitants per square mile (230.5/km2). There were 127 housing units at an average density of 384.8 per square mile (148.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.4% White, 1.0% Asian, and 4.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 102 households, of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.9% were non-families. 47.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the town was 48.1 years. 21.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

Education

Saco School District educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Saco High School's team name is the Panthers.

Phillips County Library has a branch location in Saco.

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