About Sanders County MT
Coordinates: 47°40′N 115°08′W / 47.66°N 115.13°W / 47.66; -115.13
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,790 square miles (7,200 km), of which 2,761 square miles (7,150 km) is land and 29 square miles (75 km) (1.1%) is water.
Sanders County lies on the state’s western border; thus it shares the border with Idaho to the west. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in the Bitterroot Range. The Clark Fork River flows southeast to northwest through the middle of the county,with the Bitterroot Mountains to the south and the Cabinet Mountains to the north.
It is partially arid, with the west-facing mountain slopes capturing the most rain: ranging from nearly 40 inches a year in Heron (similar to Seattle’s annual precipitation) on the Western end of the county to less than 12 inches per year in Dixon on the East end.
During the last ice age, this was the area that dammed the glacial Lake Missoula. When the ice dam broke, the resulting floods created the Scablands in eastern Washington.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 10,227 people, 4,273 households, and 2,897 families in the county. The population density was four people per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,271 housing units at an average density of two per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.91% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 4.74% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of German, 12.1% English, 11.0% Irish, 7.9% American and 6.5% Norwegian ancestry. 96.9% spoke English, 1.4% German and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.
There were 4,273 households out of which 26.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.86.
The county population contained 23.80% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 31.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,852, and the median income for a family was $31,340. Males had a median income of $28,340 versus $17,630 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,593. About 13.30% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.30% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,413 people, 5,121 households, and 3,204 families residing in the county. The population density was 4.1 inhabitants per square mile (1.6/km). There were 6,678 housing units at an average density of 2.4 per square mile (0.93/km). The racial makeup of the county was 91.6% white, 4.4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.2% were German, 16.4% were English, 16.1% were Irish, 9.1% were Norwegian, 6.3% were Swedish, and 3.3% were American.
Of the 5,121 households, 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.4% were non-families, and 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 49.8 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,622 and the median income for a family was $37,514. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $22,274 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,472. About 16.6% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
Sanders County Montana neighborhoods include: Absarokee, Acton, Alberton, Anaconda, Antelope, Arlee, Ashland, Babb, Bainville, Baker, Ballantine, Bearcreek, Belfry, Belgrade, Belt, Big Arm, Bigfork, Big Sandy, Big Timber, Billings, Black Eagle, Bloomfield, Bonner, Boulder, Box Elder, Bozeman, Brady, Bridger, Broadus, Broadview, Brockton, Brockway, Browning, Buffalo, Butte, Cameron, Cardwell, Carter, Cascade, Charlo, Chester, Chinook, Choteau, Circle, Clancy, Clinton, Coffee Creek, Columbia Falls, Columbus, Condon, Conner, Conrad, Corvallis, Crow Agency, Culbertson, Custer, Cut Bank, Dagmar, Darby, Dayton, Deer Lodge, Dell, Denton, Dillon, Divide, Dixon, Dodson, Drummond, Dutton, East Glacier Park, East Helena, Ekalaka, Elmo, Emigrant, Ennis, Essex, Eureka, Fairfield, Fairview, Fallon, Fishtail, Flaxville, Florence, Floweree, Forest Grove, Forsyth, Fort Benton, Fort Peck, Fort Shaw, Frazer, Frenchtown, Froid, Fromberg, Galata, Gallatin Gateway, Gardiner, Garrison, Geraldine, Gildford, Glasgow, Glendive, Glentana, Gold Creek, Grass Range, Great Falls, Greenough, Greycliff, Hall, Hamilton, Hardin, Harlem, Harrison, Havre, Heart Butte, Helena, Helmville, Heron, Highwood, Hilger, Hingham, Hinsdale, Hobson, Hogeland, Homestead, Hot Springs, Hungry Horse, Huntley, Huson, Inverness, Jackson, Joliet, Joplin, Jordan, Judith Gap, Kalispell, Kevin, Kila, Kremlin, Lakeside, Lame Deer, Larslan, Laurel, Lavina, Ledger, Lewistown, Libby, Lima, Lindsay, Livingston, Lloyd, Lodge Grass, Lolo, Loma, Lonepine, Loring, Lothair, Malta, Manhattan, Marion, Martinsdale, Mc Leod, Medicine Lake, Melville, Mildred, Miles City, Missoula, Molt, Monarch, Moore, Musselshell, Nashua, Neihart, Norris, Noxon, Nye, Oilmont, Opheim, Outlook, Ovando, Park City, Peerless, Pendroy, Philipsburg, Pinesdale, Plains, Plentywood, Plevna, Polebridge, Polson, Pompeys Pillar, Pony, Poplar, Power, Pray, Proctor, Radersburg, Ramsay, Rapelje, Raymond, Raynesford, Red Lodge, Redstone, Reed Point, Reserve, Rexford, Richey, Richland, Ringling, Roberts, Rollins, Ronan, Roscoe, Rosebud, Roundup, Roy, Rudyard, Ryegate, Saco, Saint Ignatius, Saint Regis, Saltese, Sand Coulee, Savage, Scobey, Seeley Lake, Shawmut, Shelby, Shepherd, Sheridan, Sidney, Silver Star, Somers, Stanford, Stevensville, Stockett, Sula, Sunburst, Sun River, Superior, Sweet Grass, Terry, Thompson Falls, Three Forks, Toston, Townsend, Trout Creek, Troy, Turner, Twin Bridges, Two Dot, Valier, Vaughn, Victor, Vida, Virginia City, Volborg, Warm Springs, Westby, West Yellowstone, Whitefish, Whitehall, White Sulphur Springs, Whitetail, Whitewater, Wibaux, Wilsall, Winifred, Winnett, Winston, Wisdom, Wise River, Wolf Creek, Wolf Point, Worden, Wyola, Zortman
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