Fergus County

Fergus County, Montana

712 W Main St
Lewistown, MT 59457
Phone: (406) 538-5119
Fax: (406) 538-9023
www.co.fergus.mt.us

In central MT, northwest of Billings; organized Mar 12, 1885 (prior to statehood) from Meagher County. Its county seat is in the exact center of MT. Name Origin: For James Fergus (1813-97), cattleman, miner, and a MT territorial legislator

Area (sq mi):: 4350.36 (land 4339.17; water 11.20) Population per square mile: 2.70
Population 2005: 11,551 State rank: 15 Population change: 2000-20005 -2.90%; 1990-2000 -1.60% Population 2000: 11,893 (White 96.70%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 0.80%; Asian 0.20%; Other 2.70%). Foreign born: 1.00%. Median age: 42.40
Income 2000: per capita $15,808; median household $30,409; Population below poverty level: 15.40% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,348-$23,052
Unemployment (2004): 5.00% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.80% Median travel time to work: 16.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 3.80%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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And it may be that the apparent growth of Fergus County and Lewistown since 1990 is a function of that larger trend.
Since 1970, the median age has risen approximately seven years for both Fergus County and the state as a whole, but Fergus County's was four years older to begin with.
Manufacturing was the largest basic industry in Fergus County until the recent recovery on farms and ranches.
Canyon Resources Corporation , a Colorado-based mining company, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CR Kendall Corporation, resumed significant earthwork reclamation this week at the Kendall Mine new Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana.
Canyon transferred two contiguous blocks of prime wildlife habitat to the BLM in exchange for several small parcels of land within the boundaries of the currently active Kendall Mine, near Lewistown, in Fergus County, Montana.
Fergus County did not entirely miss the Great Recession, but fortuitous growth in several basic industries helped to cushion the blow.
We are proud of our relationship at the Kendall Mine with our employees and community neighbors in Fergus County and plan to participate actively in the Lincoln/Blackfoot Valley and other local communities of Lewis and Clark County in our role as operator of the McDonald Gold Project.
The Fergus County economy did not escape the Great Recession, but the effects have been relatively small.
Agriculture (and closely linked activities), manufacturing, and the federal government combine to account for approximately 78 percent of the economic base in Fergus County.
The volatility of agriculture was mostly responsible for the significant ups and downs in the Fergus County economy during the last 30 years.
Agriculture and related activities are the largest component of the economic base in Fergus County.
In this period the population of Lewistown, which had earlier emerged as the seat of Fergus County, grew from 2,644 to about 5,000.