Butte is the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana, United States. In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the sole entity of Butte-Silver Bow. The city covers 718 square miles (1,860 km), and, according to the 2010 census, has a population of 33,503, making it Montana’s fifth largest city. It is served by Bert Mooney Airport with airport code BTM.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Butte-Silver Bow has a total area of 716.82 sq mi (1,856.55 km), of which 716.25 sq mi (1,855.07 km) is land and 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km) (0.08%) is water. The city is situated on the U.S. Continental Divide. Every highway exiting Butte (except westbound I-90) crosses the Divide (eastbound I-90 via Homestake Pass; eastbound MT 2 via Pipestone Pass; northbound I-15 via Elk Park Pass and southbound I-15 via Deer Lodge Pass).
The city was named for a nearby landform, Big Butte, by the early miners. Butte’s urban landscape is notable for including mining operations set within residential areas, visible in the form of various headframes throughout the city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 33,525 people and 14,628 households residing in Butte-Silver Bow. The population density was 46.8 people per square mile (18.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.3% African American, 1.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race accounted for 3.7% of the population. Of ethnic groups in Butte, the Irish make up a significant portion, with over one-quarter of the city’s population claiming Irish descent, exceeding the percentage of Irish Americans in Boston. Per capita, Butte has the highest percentage of Irish Americans of any city in the United States.
The average household size was 2.22. In the city, the population was spread out with 5.9% under the age of 5, 21.0% under the age of 18, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. 49.5% of residents were female. According to the American Community Survey, from 2012-2016, the median income for a household in the city was $39,474. 19.2% of families were below the poverty line.
While some sources state that Butte had a peak population of nearly 100,000 around 1920, there is no documentation to corroborate this, though it has been reasoned by local journalists based on city directory data.
Butte Montana neighborhoods include: Bantry, Floral Park, Uptown Butte, Uptown East of Tech