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Phillips County, Montana

Phillips County, Montana
Phillips County Courthouse in Malta
Map of Montana highlighting Phillips County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1915
Seat Malta
Largest city Malta
 • Total 5,212 sq mi (13,499 km2)
 • Land 5,140 sq mi (13,313 km2)
 • Water 72 sq mi (186 km2), 1.4%
 • (2010) 4,253
 • Density 0.8/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,253.[1] Its county seat is Malta.[2] Before February 5, 1915, Phillips County was part of Blaine County, Montana, and before 1912 both were part of Chouteau County, Montana.[3] It was named in honor of rancher and state senator Benjamin D. Phillips.

It is across from the Canadian border of Saskatchewan. The Missouri River defines its southern boundary.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties and rural municipalities 1.1
    • National protected areas 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • City 3.1
    • Towns 3.2
    • Census-designated places 3.3
    • Unincorporated communities 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,212 square miles (13,500 km2), of which 5,140 square miles (13,300 km2) is land and 72 square miles (190 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4] It is the second-largest county in Montana by land area and third-largest by total area.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

National protected areas


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,601 people, 1,848 households, and 1,241 families residing in the county. The population density was <1/km² (<1/sq mi). There were 2,502 housing units at an average density of <1/km² (<1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.44% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 7.61% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.3% were of German, 19.0% Norwegian, 7.6% Irish and 6.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.0% spoke English and 2.5% German as their first language.

There were 1,848 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 95.60 men.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,702, and the median income for a family was $37,529. Males had a median income of $25,132 versus $20,274 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,058. About 13.80% of families and 18.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.10% of those under age 18 and 12.10% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places

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. ^ Koschmann, A.H.; M.H. Bergendahl (1968). "Principle Gold Producing Districts of the United States, Phillips County Montana Gold Production".  
  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".  

Further reading

  • Kane, Joseph Nathan; Charles Curry Aiken (2004). The American Counties: Origins of County Names, Dates of Creation, and Population Data, 1950-2000 page 236. Scarecrow Press. p. 552.  

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