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Valley County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Valley County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the USA highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1893
Seat Glasgow
Largest City Glasgow
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

5,062 sq mi (13,111 km²)
4,926 sq mi (12,758 km²)
136 sq mi (352 km²), 2.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

7,659
1.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: valleycountymt.net

Valley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. Valley County was created from the division of Dawson County in 1893. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,369. Its county seat is Glasgow. It is located on the Canada–United States border with Saskatchewan.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,062 square miles (13,110 km2), of which 4,926 square miles (12,760 km2) is land and 136 square miles (350 km2) (2.7%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Montana by total area.

Major highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • MT-24.svg Montana Highway 24
  • MT-42.svg Montana Highway 42
  • MT-117.svg Montana Highway 117
  • MT-sec-248.svg Montana Secondary Highway 248

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

National protected area

  • Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 4,355
1910 13,630 213.0%
1920 11,542 −15.3%
1930 11,181 −3.1%
1940 15,181 35.8%
1950 11,353 −25.2%
1960 17,080 50.4%
1970 11,471 −32.8%
1980 10,250 −10.6%
1990 8,239 −19.6%
2000 7,675 −6.8%
2010 7,369 −4.0%
Est. 2015 7,659 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,675 people, 3,150 households, and 2,129 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 4,847 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.14% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 9.42% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.2% were of German, 24.0% Norwegian, 6.4% American, 6.0% English and 5.5% Irish ancestry.

There were 3,150 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 29.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,979, and the median income for a family was $39,044. Males had a median income of $27,233 versus $17,686 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,246. About 9.50% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,369 people, 3,198 households, and 1,997 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.5 inhabitants per square mile (0.58/km2). There were 4,879 housing units at an average density of 1.0 per square mile (0.39/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.0% white, 9.8% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.4% were German, 27.9% were Norwegian, 12.4% were Irish, 10.3% were English, and 6.8% were American.

Of the 3,198 households, 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.6% were non-families, and 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 46.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,050 and the median income for a family was $54,096. Males had a median income of $40,802 versus $30,272 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,305. About 5.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Census Maps

Valley County Census Districts 1940
Valley County Census Districts 1940
Valley County Census Districts, colored, 2010 U.S. Census
Valley County Census Districts, colored, 2010 U.S. Census

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