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Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Lewis and Clark County is a county located in the U.S. State of Montana. As of 2000, the population is 55,716. Its county seat is Helena6.

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Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,059 km² (3,498 mi²). 8,964 km² (3,461 mi²) of it is land and 95 km² (37 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.05% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 55,716 people, 22,850 households, and 14,966 families residing in the county. The population density is 6/km² (16/mi²). There are 25,672 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.21% White, 0.20% African American, 2.04% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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

In the county the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $37,360, and the median income for a family is $46,766. Males have a median income of $33,515 versus $23,961 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,763. 10.90% of the population and 7.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.60% are under the age of 18 and 6.50% are 65 or older.

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