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Prairie County, Montana

Prairie County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Prairie County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 2/5/1915
Named for Prairie landscape
Seat Terry
Largest town Terry
 • Total 1,743 sq mi (4,514 km2)
 • Land 1,737 sq mi (4,499 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2), 0.3%
 • (2010) 1,179
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Prairie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,179.[1] Its county seat is Terry.[2] Prairie County was created by the Montana Legislature in 1915 out of parts of Custer, Dawson, and Fallon Counties. The name was selected in a contest and reflects the predominant landscape of the region.[3]

The county was the site of the Custer Creek train wreck in 1938 that killed 47 people and injured an additional 75.


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Town 3.1
    • Census-designated place 3.2
    • Other communities 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,743 square miles (4,510 km2), of which 1,737 square miles (4,500 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,199 people, 537 households, and 354 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (<1/sq mi). There were 718 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.00% White, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.8% were of German, 12.4% Irish, 11.9% Norwegian and 7.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.8% spoke English and 2.2% German as their first language.

There were 537 households out of which 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 2.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 31.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the county the population was spread out with 18.70% under the age of 18, 4.30% from 18 to 24, 20.00% from 25 to 44, 32.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 106.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,451, and the median income for a family was $32,292. Males had a median income of $22,424 versus $18,833 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,422. About 13.30% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.60% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated place

Other 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. ^ "Montana Place Names Companion". Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Montana Association of Counties - Prairie County website

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