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Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,160,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in Montana. The county seat is Ekalaka.[2]

Carter County
Carter County Courthouse in Ekalaka
Carter County Courthouse in Ekalaka
Map of Montana highlighting Carter County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 45°30′N 104°32′W / 45.5°N 104.54°W / 45.5; -104.54
Country United States
State Montana
Founded1917
Named forThomas H. Carter
SeatEkalaka
Largest townEkalaka
Area
 • Total3,348 sq mi (8,670 km2)
 • Land3,341 sq mi (8,650 km2)
 • Water7.5 sq mi (19 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
1,238
 • Density0.4/sq mi (0.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.cartercountymt.info
 
  • Montana county number 42
Aragonite specimen from Carter County

HistoryEdit

Carter County was named for Thomas Henry Carter, the state's first congressman (representative in Congress from the Montana Territory, followed by first representative from the state of Montana to the US House of Representatives). Prior to settlement the land of Carter County was occupied by the Sioux tribe.[3]

GeographyEdit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,348 square miles (8,670 km2), of which 3,341 square miles (8,650 km2) is land and 7.5 square miles (19 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4]

Medicine Rocks State Park is located 14 miles north of Ekalaka. Weathering has given the rocks an unusual texture. The site was used by Indian hunting parties.[5]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 86.3% 678 8.9% 70 4.8% 38
2012 85.2% 678 12.1% 96 2.8% 22
2008 79.4% 573 15.4% 111 5.3% 38
2004 87.9% 623 10.7% 76 1.4% 10
2000 88.8% 573 8.2% 53 3.0% 19
1996 68.2% 522 19.6% 150 12.2% 93
1992 56.9% 497 17.6% 154 25.5% 223
1988 72.8% 686 25.7% 242 1.5% 14
1984 80.1% 823 18.9% 194 1.1% 11
1980 72.4% 766 22.4% 237 5.2% 55
1976 57.4% 558 35.4% 344 7.2% 70
1972 73.9% 726 22.2% 218 4.0% 39
1968 62.2% 624 26.8% 269 11.0% 110
1964 56.0% 576 44.0% 453 0.0% 0
1960 64.0% 688 35.6% 383 0.4% 4
1956 61.6% 698 38.5% 436 0.0% 0
1952 72.1% 921 27.5% 351 0.4% 5
1948 46.2% 501 52.4% 568 1.4% 15
1944 45.4% 507 54.6% 610 0.1% 1
1940 43.0% 556 56.8% 734 0.2% 2
1936 32.8% 464 65.7% 929 1.5% 21
1932 37.4% 565 60.6% 915 2.1% 31
1928 64.0% 763 35.2% 420 0.8% 9
1924 54.2% 669 22.9% 283 22.9% 283
1920 66.8% 782 29.2% 342 3.9% 46

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
19203,972
19304,1364.1%
19403,280−20.7%
19502,798−14.7%
19602,493−10.9%
19701,956−21.5%
19801,799−8.0%
19901,503−16.5%
20001,360−9.5%
20101,160−14.7%
Est. 20181,238[7]6.7%
US Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2018[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[12] there were 1,360 people, 543 households, and 382 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (<1/sq mi). There were 811 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.60% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.3% were of German, 14.0% English, 12.9% Norwegian, 11.1% Irish and 5.2% Scottish ancestry.

There were 543 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 26.50% under the age of 18, 4.10% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,313, and the median income for a family was $32,262. Males had a median income of $21,466 versus $15,703 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,280. About 15.90% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,160 people, 532 households, and 354 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 0.3 inhabitants per square mile (0.12/km2). There were 810 housing units at an average density of 0.2 per square mile (0.077/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.9% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 41.5% were German, 19.6% were English, 18.8% were Norwegian, 12.3% were Irish, and 4.3% were American.[15]

Of the 532 households, 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.5% were non-families, and 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.65. The median age was 50.2 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $35,703 and the median income for a family was $47,955. Males had a median income of $26,736 versus $18,274 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,681. About 8.5% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.[16]

CommunitiesEdit

TownEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Former communitiesEdit

Notable ResidentsEdit

  • Britt Williams, 2010 WNFR Team Roping qualifier.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Merrill, Andrea; Judy Jacobson (1997). Montana almanac. Helena MT: Falcon Publishing. ISBN 1-56044-493-2.
  4. ^ "2010 Census GazetteerFiles". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Visit MT. "Medicine Rocks State Park". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau]]. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau]]. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ Albion, Carter County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  18. ^ Belltower, Carter County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  19. ^ Boyes, Carter County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)
  20. ^ Ridge, Carter County MT Google Maps (accessed 1 January 2019)

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