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Silver Bow County, Montana


Silver Bow County, Montana

Silver Bow County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Silver Bow County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1881
Seat Butte
Largest city Butte
 • Total 719 sq mi (1,862 km2)
 • Land 718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.08%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 34,523
 • Density 48/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Silver Bow County is a county located in the State of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,200.[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 located within the county.

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


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • National protected areas 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Town 4.2
    • Unincorporated communities 4.3
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total 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 the smallest county in Montana by area.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census of 2000, 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.

In the county the population was spread out with 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.

Government and politics

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 each of the last thirteen Presidential elections.[9] In the last five elections the margin of victory for the Democrat has varied from 16% to 41% of the vote.[10]

In the Montana Senate it is in District 37 and has been represented by Democrat Steve Gallus since 2004. In the Montana Montana House of Representatives it is in District 73 and is represented by Democrat Pat Noonan.[11]


Rhodochrosite from the old Emma Mine in the Butte Mining District



Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States 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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ David Leip's Presidential Atlas (Maps for Montana by election)
  10. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Montana)
  11. ^ Montana government site

External links

  • City and County WebsiteButte-Silver Bow

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