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Welcome to Lima ...

The town of Lima is located in Beaverhead County<1>.

The location of Lima has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Lima: LY-muh<3>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Lima, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lima has a population of 228 people<4> (see below for details).

Lima is 6,250 feet [1,905 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the elevation of Lima is about 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Lima lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Lima: (406)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lima had an population of 228 people. This is an increase of 3.17% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.79% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lima had a population of 221 people. This makes Lima the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Lima represents 0.02% of the total population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 103rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 221 people, the population of Lima decreased 8.68% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 242 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lima.

Communities Also Named Lima ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 24 communities that are also named Lima - they are located in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (4), Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (3), Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lima.

Communities near Lima ...

We have created a list of 4 communities that are near Lima.

  • Dell
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Monida
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monida
    • Monida is located in Beaverhead County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Monida
  • Armstead ‑ Historic
    (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Armstead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Armstead
    • Armstead is located in Beaverhead County
  • Spencer
    (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spencer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spencer
    • Spencer is located in Clark County (ID)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 33 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Spencer
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spencer <6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We're compiling a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lima. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lima.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lima. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lima.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lima. See our Newspapers Page for Lima.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lima ...

Looking for more information about Lima? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lima, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lima.

Adding Lima to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lima in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Lima was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Lima mentioned on a train schedule titled Union Pacific Railroad Time Tables (September 1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Lima.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lima. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Beaverhead, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Lima. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lima.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lima - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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