Denton, Montana
Denton is a town in Fergus County
Fergus County, Montana
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, Montana
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, United States
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. The population was 301 at the 2000 census.


Denton is located at 47°19′8"N 109°56′48"W (47.318923, -109.946610).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 301 people, 133 households, and 82 families residing in the town. The population density
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 was 395.4 people per square mile (152.9/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 207.6 per square mile (80.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.34% White, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 133 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples
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 living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 109.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,393, and the median income for a family was $32,232. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $16,528 for females. The per capita income
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 for the town was $14,982. About 5.9% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 2.4% of those sixty five or over.

Notable residents

  • Walter A. Coslet
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    , science fiction fan and officer of the National Fantasy Fan Federation
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    , lived here.
  • Don Koehler
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    , one of the few people on record to grow over eight feet tall.
  • James A. Shelton
    James A. Shelton
    James A. Shelton was born in Denton, Montana in 1916, and enlisted in the United States Navy on 15 January 1941. Appointed an aviation cadet on 20 March 1941, he trained at Pensacola, Miami, and San Diego. Ensign Shelton was assigned to Scouting Squadron 6 on 17 April 1942 and was reported missing...

    , Navy ensign who received the Navy Cross
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     posthumously for his service during the Battle of Midway
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