Lewis and Clark County, Montana

National protected area
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  • Flathead National Forest
    Flathead National Forest
    The Flathead National Forest is a national forest in the western part of the U.S. state of Montana. The forest covers of which about 1 million acres is designated wilderness. It is named after the Flathead Indians who lived in the area. The forest is located in the Rocky Mountains with elevations...

  • Helena National Forest
    Helena National Forest
    Helena National Forest is located in west-central Montana, in the United States. Covering 976,000 acres , the forest is broken into several separate sections. The eastern regions are dominated by the Big Belt Mountains, and are the location of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness, which remains...

  • Lewis and Clark National Forest
    Lewis and Clark National Forest
    Lewis and Clark National Forest is located in west central Montana, United States. Spanning , the forest is managed as two separate zones. The eastern sections, under the Jefferson Division, is a mixture of grass and shrublands dotted with "island" pockets of forested areas. Here, cattle leases to...

  • Lolo National Forest
    Lolo National Forest
    Lolo National Forest is located in western Montana, United States with the western boundary being the state of Idaho. The forest spans 2 million acres and includes four wilderness areas; the Scapegoat and the Bob Marshall Wilderness are partially within the forest while the Welcome Creek and...

  • Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area (part)


As of the of 2000, there were 55,716 people, 22,850 households, and 14,966 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
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 was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 25,672 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.21% white
White American
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, 0.20% Black
Black people
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 or African American
African American
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, 2.04% Native American
Native Americans in the United States
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, 0.52% Asian American
Asian American
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, 0.05% Pacific Islander American
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, 0.38% from other races
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, and 1.61% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic
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 or Latino
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 of any race. 22.6% were of German, 15.5% Irish
Irish people
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, 10.9% English
English people
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, 9.5% Norwegian and 6.1% American
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 ancestry according to the 2000 Census.

There were 22,850 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples
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 living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,360, and the median income for a family was $46,766. Males had a median income of $33,515 versus $23,961 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the county was $18,763. About 7.30% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.60% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

In the county of the population that's 25 years old and over 91.4% of them have a High school diploma, 31.6% of that population has a Bachelor's degree
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 or higher, 17.2% of the population is disabled, 1.6% of them are foreign born, and only 4.0% of the population can speak another language at home. According to the 2000 Census 59.7% of the population (male) is married but, now separated. For the women it is only 3% lower at 56.7%. The average family size is 2.95. In the county there are 25,672 homes, 2,822 of which are vacant.

Census-designated places

  • Augusta
    Augusta, Montana
    Augusta is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 284 at the 2000 census. It is named after the daughter of D. J...

  • Helena Valley Northeast
    Helena Valley Northeast, Montana
    Helena Valley Northeast is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 2,122 at the 2000 census...

  • Helena Valley Northwest
    Helena Valley Northwest, Montana
    Helena Valley Northwest is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 2,082 at the 2000 census...

  • Helena Valley Southeast
    Helena Valley Southeast, Montana
    Helena Valley Southeast is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 7,141 at the 2000 census...

  • Helena Valley West Central
    Helena Valley West Central, Montana
    Helena Valley West Central is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,983 at the 2000 census...

  • Helena West Side
    Helena West Side, Montana
    Helena West Side is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,711 at the 2000 census...

  • Lincoln
    Lincoln, Montana
    Lincoln is a census-designated place in Lewis and Clark County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,100 at the 2000 census. Its elevation is 4536 feet above sea level.Lincoln is part of the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area....

Notable residents

  • Seth Bullock, sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, and later served as sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota
    Deadwood, South Dakota
    Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. It is named for the dead trees found in its gulch. The population was 1,270 according to a 2010 census...

  • Mike McGrath
    Mike McGrath
    Michael McGrath currently serves as the Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court. He was elected in 2008. He also served as Montana's Attorney General from 2000-2008. He was elected in November 2000, and was unopposed for his second term in 2004. He was a member of the Montana Democratic Party...

    , current Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, former Montana Attorney General, previously served as County Attorney of Lewis and Clark County.
  • Johnny Miljus
    Johnny Miljus
    John Kenneth Miljus nicknamed Big Serb and Jovo, was Serbian-American baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball between and . Miljus batted and threw right-handed...

    , major league baseball pitcher, retired to Fort Harrison in Lewis and Clark County.
  • W. A. Boyle, president of the United Mine Workers of America, was born in Bald Butte, about two miles southwest of Marysville.
  • Brian Knight
    Brian Knight
    Brian Michael Knight is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wears number 91.Knight has umpired in the Major Leagues since , although he was not officially promoted to the Major League staff until...

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
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  • All of the Governors of the state of Montana, whose capital city, Helena, is in this county.

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