Harlowton, Montana

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Harlowton is a city in and the county seat of Wheatland County, Montana, United States.[1] The population was 1,062 at the 2000 census. The city was once the eastern terminus of electric operations (1914–74) of the Milwaukee Road railroad's "Pacific Extension" route, which went all the way to Avery, Idaho. Here, steam or diesel locomotives were changed or hooked up to electric locomotives. Harlowton was founded in 1900 as a station stop on the Montana Railroad, a predecessor to the Milwaukee, and was named for Richard A. Harlow, the Montana Railroad's president.



Harlowton is located at 46°26′11″N 109°50′1″W / 46.43639°N 109.83361°W / 46.43639; -109.83361 (46.436455, -109.833553)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,062 people, 496 households, and 281 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,842.9 people per square mile (707.0/km²). There were 599 housing units at an average density of 1,039.5/sq mi (398.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.08% White, 0.75% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 496 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.3% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

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