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Valier, Montana
Town
Location of Valier, Montana
Location of Valier, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Pondera
Area
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Land 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,816 ft (1,163 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 509
 • Estimate (2015) 508
 • Density 553.3/sq mi (213.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 59486
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-76225
GNIS feature ID 0777971

Valier is a town in Pondera County, Montana, United States. The population was 509 at the 2010 census.

History

The town was named for Peter Valier, who supervised construction of the Montana Western Railway's railroad line between Valier and Conrad, the county seat of Pondera County.

Geography

Valier is located at 48°18′22″N 112°15′4″W / 48.30611°N 112.25111°W / 48.30611; -112.25111 (48.306153, -112.251045). The town borders Lake Frances.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.38 km2), all of it land.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 613
1930 575 −6.2%
1940 641 11.5%
1950 710 10.8%
1960 724 2.0%
1970 651 −10.1%
1980 640 −1.7%
1990 519 −18.9%
2000 498 −4.0%
2010 509 2.2%
Est. 2015 508 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 509 people, 234 households, and 138 families residing in the town. The population density was 553.3 inhabitants per square mile (213.6/km2). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 308.7 per square mile (119.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.4% White, 8.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 234 households of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the town was 47.3 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.6% were from 25 to 44; 31.9% were from 45 to 64; and 21.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 498 people, 220 households, and 143 families residing in the town. The population density was 418.5 people per square mile (161.6/km²). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 231.1 per square mile (89.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.17% White, 5.22% Native American, and 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 220 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 33.2% 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 2.26 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $36,750. Males had a median income of $25,156 versus $16,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,862. About 7.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.5% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Valier is on Highway 44, an east-west roadway that connects I-15 and US 89 at the midpoint between Glacier National Park and Great Falls. The local airport has a 3,000-foot (910 m) grass landing strip; also, water planes can land on the lake.

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