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Silver Bow County is a county in the U.S. state Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 36,400.[1] Its county seat is Butte.[2] 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 within the county.

Silver Bow County
Butte-Silver Bow County
Mike Mansfield Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Butte.
Map of Montana highlighting Silver Bow 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°54′N 112°40′W / 45.9°N 112.66°W / 45.9; -112.66
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedFebruary 16, 1881
SeatButte
Largest cityButte
Area
 • Total719 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (2 km2)  0.08%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
34,993
 • Density48.2/sq mi (18.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.bsb.mt.gov
 
  • Montana county number 01
  • Unigov with Butte, MT

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

GeographyEdit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has an 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.[3] It is Montana's smallest county by area.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areasEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
189023,744
190047,635100.6%
191056,84819.3%
192060,3136.1%
193056,969−5.5%
194053,209−6.6%
195048,422−9.0%
196046,454−4.1%
197041,981−9.6%
198038,092−9.3%
199033,941−10.9%
200034,6062.0%
201034,200−1.2%
Est. 201834,993[4]2.3%
US Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2018[1]

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census, 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.

The county population contained 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 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 34,200 people, 14,932 households, and 8,651 families residing in the county.[9] 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).[10] 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.[9] 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.[11]

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.[9]

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.[12]

Government and politicsEdit

It and neighboring Deer Lodge County are the two most consistently Democratic counties in Montana when it comes to Presidential elections, with Silver Bow County last voting Republican in 1956 for Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two have supported the Democratic candidate in every national election (as of 2016).[13] In the last six elections, the margin of victory for the Democrat has varied from 14% to 41% of the vote.[14]

Over the last century, Silver Bow County has voted only once for a Republican gubernatorial candidate (Marc Racicot during the 1996 Montana election).[13] Silver Bow County has not supported any Republican at all for the US Senate since at least 1928.[13]

Silver Bow County is in Senate District 37 and in HR District 73.[15]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 38.8% 6,376 52.4% 8,619 8.9% 1,457
2012 32.4% 5,430 64.8% 10,857 2.8% 469
2008 28.3% 4,818 68.5% 11,676 3.2% 548
2004 39.7% 6,381 57.9% 9,307 2.5% 396
2000 37.7% 6,299 53.7% 8,967 8.6% 1,437
1996 22.1% 3,909 63.4% 11,199 14.5% 2,569
1992 19.2% 3,491 54.9% 9,960 25.9% 4,695
1988 30.2% 5,043 68.5% 11,422 1.3% 222
1984 36.9% 6,637 61.6% 11,095 1.5% 278
1980 37.7% 7,301 50.2% 9,721 12.2% 2,355
1976 39.3% 7,506 59.5% 11,377 1.2% 227
1972 39.1% 7,967 57.4% 11,704 3.6% 733
1968 28.0% 5,488 64.4% 12,626 7.7% 1,503
1964 22.9% 4,873 74.2% 15,751 2.9% 615
1960 34.4% 7,290 64.9% 13,754 0.7% 146
1956 50.3% 11,619 49.7% 11,475 0.0% 0
1952 43.5% 10,196 55.9% 13,114 0.6% 148
1948 34.2% 7,305 59.6% 12,715 6.2% 1,315
1944 36.2% 7,610 62.9% 13,228 1.0% 202
1940 30.8% 7,932 67.9% 17,467 1.3% 335
1936 20.0% 4,528 78.2% 17,697 1.8% 398
1932 31.1% 6,792 62.4% 13,626 6.5% 1,416
1928 44.8% 9,456 53.2% 11,228 2.0% 419
1924 34.7% 6,520 28.7% 5,393 36.7% 6,901
1920 55.4% 10,074 35.1% 6,394 9.5% 1,730
1916 31.4% 6,757 60.7% 13,084 7.9% 1,706
1912 18.8% 2,232 38.2% 4,542 43.1% 5,122
1908 33.8% 4,618 45.8% 6,255 20.4% 2,783
1904 36.1% 5,149 39.8% 5,686 24.1% 3,439

CommunitiesEdit

 
Rhodochrosite from the old Emma Mine in the Butte Mining District

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Unincorporated communitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d David Leip. "Presidential Atlas". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  14. ^ "President Map - Election Results 2008 - The New York Times". elections.nytimes.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Montana Legislative Information and District Maps". nris.mt.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  16. ^ High View MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  17. ^ Williamsburg MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)

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