Lake County, Montana

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Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of 2000, the population was 26,507. Its county seat is Polson[1].



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,654 square miles (4,283 km²), of which, 1,494 square miles (3,869 km²) of it is land and 160 square miles (414 km²) of it (9.67%) is water. Over two-thirds (67.7%) of the county's land lies within the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 26,507 people, 10,192 households, and 7,215 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 13,605 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.38% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 23.79% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. 2.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.7% were of German, 8.8% Irish, 7.8% English, 5.4% Norwegian and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.3% spoke English, 1.6% Salish and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

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