Pondera County, Montana

Coordinates: 48°14′N 112°13′W / 48.24°N 112.22°W / 48.24; -112.22
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Pondera County
Pondera County Courthouse
Pondera County Courthouse
Map of Montana highlighting Pondera County
Location within the U.S. state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 48°14′N 112°13′W / 48.24°N 112.22°W / 48.24; -112.22
Country United States
State Montana
FoundedApril 1, 1919[1]
Named forPend d'Oreilles people
SeatConrad
Largest cityConrad
Area
 • Total1,640 sq mi (4,200 km2)
 • Land1,623 sq mi (4,200 km2)
 • Water17 sq mi (40 km2)  1.0%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total5,898
 • Estimate 
(2022)
6,078 Increase
 • Density3.6/sq mi (1.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districts1st, 2nd
Websitewww.ponderacountymontana.org
  • Montana county number 26

Pondera County (/ˌpɒndəˈr/ POND-ə-RAY)[2] is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,898.[3] Its county seat is Conrad.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,640 square miles (4,200 km2), of which 1,623 square miles (4,200 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
19205,741
19306,96421.3%
19406,716−3.6%
19506,392−4.8%
19607,65319.7%
19706,611−13.6%
19806,7311.8%
19906,433−4.4%
20006,424−0.1%
20106,153−4.2%
20205,898−4.1%
2022 (est.)6,078[6]3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2020[3]

2020 census[edit]

As of the census of 2020, there were 5,898 people.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,153 people, 2,285 households, and 1,528 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.8 inhabitants per square mile (1.5/km2). There were 2,659 housing units at an average density of 1.6 units per square mile (0.62 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 82.7% white, 14.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.9% were German, 14.7% were Norwegian, 13.2% were Irish, 9.3% were English, 5.7% were Dutch, and 5.6% were American.

Of the 2,285 households, 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families, and 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 42.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,419 and the median income for a family was $47,656. Males had a median income of $34,259 versus $26,903 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,989. About 14.9% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

From its creation until 1964, voters of Pondera County were fairly balanced; they selected Democratic Party candidates in 58% of national elections. Since 1964, the Republican presidential candidate has garnered the county's vote in every election.

United States presidential election results for Pondera County, Montana[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,031 67.81% 903 30.15% 61 2.04%
2016 1,799 66.07% 738 27.10% 186 6.83%
2012 1,673 61.53% 975 35.86% 71 2.61%
2008 1,588 55.04% 1,223 42.39% 74 2.56%
2004 1,853 64.79% 956 33.43% 51 1.78%
2000 1,948 67.27% 792 27.35% 156 5.39%
1996 1,438 48.53% 1,123 37.90% 402 13.57%
1992 1,252 39.56% 1,046 33.05% 867 27.39%
1988 1,795 57.64% 1,245 39.98% 74 2.38%
1984 2,239 67.52% 1,039 31.33% 38 1.15%
1980 2,270 66.14% 897 26.14% 265 7.72%
1976 1,666 52.89% 1,413 44.86% 71 2.25%
1972 1,890 57.41% 1,215 36.91% 187 5.68%
1968 1,530 52.98% 1,149 39.79% 209 7.24%
1964 1,110 38.58% 1,759 61.14% 8 0.28%
1960 1,452 46.76% 1,653 53.24% 0 0.00%
1956 1,651 53.45% 1,438 46.55% 0 0.00%
1952 1,719 57.45% 1,246 41.64% 27 0.90%
1948 902 35.37% 1,555 60.98% 93 3.65%
1944 890 37.70% 1,448 61.33% 23 0.97%
1940 1,038 34.83% 1,899 63.72% 43 1.44%
1936 658 22.43% 2,213 75.43% 63 2.15%
1932 930 32.35% 1,805 62.78% 140 4.87%
1928 1,324 57.99% 944 41.35% 15 0.66%
1924 764 37.67% 414 20.41% 850 41.91%
1920 1,654 62.49% 893 33.74% 100 3.78%

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pondera County Montana". www.ponderacountymontana.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Wilson, Kurt (September 15, 2015). "The Montana pronunciation guide". Billings Gazette. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". Retrieved May 8, 2023.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Valier MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  13. ^ East Community MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  14. ^ Fowler MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  15. ^ Gallup City Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  16. ^ Manson MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)
  17. ^ Williams MT Google Maps (accessed January 4, 2019)

External links[edit]

48°14′N 112°13′W / 48.24°N 112.22°W / 48.24; -112.22