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Wheatland County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 2,168.[1] Its county seat is Harlowton.[2] Wheatland County was established on February 22, 1917, with areas partitioned from Meagher and Sweet Grass counties. It was named for the abundant wheat-growing areas across the center portion of the new county's area.

Wheatland County
Wheatland County Courthouse in Harlowton
Wheatland County Courthouse in Harlowton
Map of Montana highlighting Wheatland County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 46°28′N 109°50′W / 46.47°N 109.84°W / 46.47; -109.84
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedFebruary 22, 1917
SeatHarlowton
Largest cityHarlowton
Area
 • Total1,428 sq mi (3,700 km2)
 • Land1,423 sq mi (3,690 km2)
 • Water5.0 sq mi (13 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
2,236
 • Density1.5/sq mi (0.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districtAt-large
Websitewww.harlowtonchamber.com
 
  • Montana county number 44

GeographyEdit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,428 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,423 square miles (3,690 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
19205,619
19303,751−33.2%
19403,286−12.4%
19503,187−3.0%
19603,026−5.1%
19702,529−16.4%
19802,359−6.7%
19902,246−4.8%
20002,2590.6%
20102,168−4.0%
Est. 20182,236[4]3.1%
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,[9] there were 2,259 people, 853 households, and 540 families in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,154 housing units at an average density of 0.8/square mile (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.99% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.4% were of German, 11.6% Norwegian, 7.5% English, 7.4% Irish and 6.5% American ancestry. 87.4% spoke English and 12.2% German as their first language.

There were 853 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.60% were non-families. 34.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

The county population contained 26.80% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 22.00% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,492, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $14,185 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,954. About 11.10% of families and 20.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,168 people, 887 households, and 538 families in the county.[10] The population density was 1.5 inhabitants per square mile (0.58/km2). There were 1,197 housing units at an average density of 0.8 per square mile (0.31/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 95.8% white, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 35.2% were American, 22.7% were German, 14.1% were English, 11.5% were Irish, and 6.6% were Norwegian.[12]

Of the 887 households, 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families, and 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 44.9 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $30,321 and the median income for a family was $41,161. Males had a median income of $30,769 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,474. About 5.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 27.6% of those age 65 or over.[13]

PoliticsEdit

Wheatland County voters have selected the Republican Party candidate in every national election since 1964 (as of 2016).

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 74.2% 702 18.9% 179 6.9% 65
2012 69.9% 693 27.4% 272 2.7% 27
2008 66.8% 657 29.4% 289 3.8% 37
2004 72.1% 706 25.5% 250 2.4% 23
2000 70.9% 708 24.3% 243 4.8% 48
1996 51.8% 563 35.9% 391 12.3% 134
1992 41.6% 478 33.4% 384 25.1% 288
1988 59.0% 667 39.2% 443 1.8% 20
1984 64.2% 753 34.7% 407 1.1% 13
1980 60.3% 742 31.0% 381 8.7% 107
1976 57.2% 755 40.5% 535 2.3% 30
1972 57.4% 761 33.6% 445 9.1% 120
1968 51.8% 673 40.4% 525 7.9% 102
1964 42.5% 583 57.5% 790 0.0% 0
1960 52.2% 793 47.7% 724 0.1% 1
1956 61.7% 932 38.3% 578 0.0% 0
1952 63.9% 1,026 35.6% 572 0.6% 9
1948 50.9% 780 47.8% 733 1.3% 20
1944 50.6% 767 48.4% 733 1.1% 16
1940 45.1% 786 54.4% 948 0.5% 8
1936 36.3% 602 62.5% 1,037 1.2% 20
1932 45.1% 828 54.3% 996 0.7% 12
1928 68.8% 1,207 30.9% 542 0.3% 5
1924 44.2% 723 13.5% 221 42.3% 691
1920 68.8% 1,250 28.6% 520 2.6% 47

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

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 August 6, 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. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau]]. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Duncan Ranch Colony MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  16. ^ Hedgesville MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  17. ^ Living Springs MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  18. ^ Martinsdale Colony MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  19. ^ Springwater Colony MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)
  20. ^ Twodot MT Google Maps (accessed 7 January 2019)

Coordinates: 46°28′N 109°50′W / 46.47°N 109.84°W / 46.47; -109.84