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Silver Bow County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Silver Bow County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 16, 1881
Seat Butte
Largest City Butte
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

719 sq mi (1,862 km²)
718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
0.6 sq mi (2 km²), 0.08%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

34,622
48/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.bsb.mt.gov

Silver Bow County is a county located in the State of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,200. Its county seat is Butte. In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the single entity of Butte-Silver Bow. Additionally, the town of Walkerville is a separate municipality from Butte and is located within the county.

Silver Bow County comprises the Butte-Silver Bow, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 719 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.08%) is water. It is the smallest county in Montana by area.

Major highways

  • I-15.svg Interstate 15
  • I-90.svg Interstate 90
  • I-115.svg Interstate 115
  • US 10.svg U.S. Highway 10 (Former)
  • US 91.svg U.S. Highway 91
  • MT-2.svg Montana Highway 2
  • MT-41.svg Montana Highway 41
  • MT-43.svg Montana Highway 43
  • MT-55.svg Montana Highway 55

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Beaverhead National Forest (part)
  • Deerlodge National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 23,744
1900 47,635 100.6%
1910 56,848 19.3%
1920 60,313 6.1%
1930 56,969 −5.5%
1940 53,209 −6.6%
1950 48,422 −9.0%
1960 46,454 −4.1%
1970 41,981 −9.6%
1980 38,092 −9.3%
1990 33,941 −10.9%
2000 34,606 2.0%
2010 34,200 −1.2%
Est. 2015 34,622 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,606 people, 14,432 households, and 8,933 families residing in the county. The population density was 48 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 16,176 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.35% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 2.03% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 2.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.4% were of Irish, 14.2% German, 11.4% English and 5.9% Italian ancestry.

There were 14,432 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.10% were non-families. 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,402, and the median income for a family was $40,018. Males had a median income of $31,295 versus $21,610 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,009. About 10.70% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 34,200 people, 14,932 households, and 8,651 families residing in the county. The population density was 47.6 inhabitants per square mile (18.4/km2). There were 16,717 housing units at an average density of 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.4% white, 1.9% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.6% were Irish, 23.3% were German, 16.1% were English, 8.3% were Italian, 6.9% were Norwegian, and 3.2% were American.

Of the 14,932 households, 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.1% were non-families, and 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 41.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,986 and the median income for a family was $52,288. Males had a median income of $41,491 versus $28,132 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,357. About 11.6% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Rhodochrosite-227658
Rhodochrosite from the old Emma Mine in the Butte Mining District

City

Town

Unincorporated communities


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