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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Manufacturing was the largest basic industry in Fergus County until the recent recovery on farms and ranches.
Fergus County Profile Total Population, 2013 11,435 Percent Change in Population, 2011-2012 -0.
Lick Creek Cave 1775 Corynorhinus townsendii Fergus County 15.
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.
In fact, until the recent farm and ranch recovery, manufacturing was the largest component of the Fergus County economic base.
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.
We approach the task by detailing key demographic and economic characteristics of Lewistown and the surrounding area of Fergus County, and comparing that to statewide patterns.