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The 2000 Census showed that Fergus County had a population of 11,893 people. This represented 1.32% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Fergus had a population of 11,208 people. This is a decrease of 5.76% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201011,586-2.58%+3.37% since 2009
200911,208-5.76%+0.36% since 2008
200811,168-6.1%-0.27% since 2007
200711,198-5.84%-0.63% since 2006
200611,269-5.25%+0.2% since 2005
200511,246-5.44%-1.17% since 2004
200411,379-4.32%-0.48% since 2003
200311,434-3.86%-1.19% since 2002
200211,572-2.7%-0.89% since 2001
200111,676-1.82%-1.82% since 2000
200011,893The Last Census

Fergus County had 5,558 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Fergus County has a total area<3> of 4,350 square miles [11,267 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (11.2 square miles [29 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Fergus County had a population density of 2.74 people per square mile [1.06 people/km²], making it the state's 31st most densely populated county (out of 56 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Fergus County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Fergus and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Fergus County QuickFact (QF-30027).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Fergus County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Fergus County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BlaineQF-30005   N6,4857,009-7.48%
ChouteauQF-30015   NW5,1675,970-13.45%
Golden ValleyQF-30037   S1,0571,0421.44%
Judith BasinQF-30045   W2,0512,329-11.94%
MusselshellQF-30065   SE4,6004,4972.29%
PetroleumQF-30069   E440493-10.75%
PhillipsQF-30071   NE3,9444,601-14.28%
WheatlandQF-30107   S2,0442,259-9.52%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Fergus. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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