Fergus County

Fergus County, Montana

712 W Main St
Lewistown, MT 59457
Phone: (406) 538-5119
Fax: (406) 538-9023

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.
Lick Creek Cave 1775 Corynorhinus townsendii Fergus County 15.
Fergus County did not entirely miss the Great Recession, but fortuitous growth in several basic industries helped to cushion the blow.
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. All three of these basic industries contributed to the faster growth since 2000.
Agriculture and related activities are the largest component of the economic base in Fergus County. We have also included farm implement dealers in this category.
Agriculture and related activities are the largest component of the economic base in Fergus County. This category also includes farm implement dealers, which are technically classified in wholesale trade.
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.