Westby, Montana

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Westby is a town in Sheridan County, Montana, United States. The population was 172 at the 2000 census. It is the closest Montanan city to the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.


Westby is located at 48°52′11″N 104°3′7″W / 48.86972°N 104.05194°W / 48.86972; -104.05194 (48.869847, -104.051950)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.

Westby is located on the state border with North Dakota, and near the international boundary with Saskatchewan. Montana Highway 5 passes through the town.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 172 people, 88 households, and 52 families residing in the town. The population density was 317.2 people per square mile (123.0/km²). There were 121 housing units at an average density of 223.1/sq mi (86.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 1.16% Native American, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 88 households out of which 14.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.47.

In the town the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 109.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,875, and the median income for a family was $44,583. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,438. About 4.7% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 20.0% of those sixty five or over.



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