- Thompson Falls, Montana
official_name = Thompson Falls, Montana
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Thompson Falls, Montana
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Sanders
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 4.8
area_land_km2 = 4.8
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.9
area_land_sq_mi = 1.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1321
population_density_km2 = 273.5
population_density_sq_mi = 708.5
timezone = Mountain (MST)
utc_offset = -7
timezone_DST = MDT
utc_offset_DST = -6
elevation_m = 779
elevation_ft = 2556
latd = 47 |latm = 35 |lats = 48 |latNS = N
longd = 115 |longm = 20 |longs = 37 |longEW = W
Thompson Falls is a city in and the
county seatof Sanders County, Montana, United States.GR|6 The population was 1,321 at the 2000 census. The largest employer in the city is the nearby Spring Creek Lodge Academy.
Thompson Falls is named for the British explorer, geographer and fur trader David Thompson, who in 1809 founded
Saleesh House, a North West Companyfur trading post. [ [http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors/HTML/articles/2007/davidthompson.htm Incredible Journeys] , Montana Outdoors] The arrival of the railroad in 1881 brought the first real activity to the area, two years later when the gold rush hit nearby Couer D'Alene the town grew to accommodate the men going over the Murray trail to the mines. In 1885 John Russell bought 40 acres and plotted the town site.
Thompson Falls is located at coor dms|47|35|48|N|115|20|37|W|city (47.596587, -115.343730)GR|1 in the Clark Fork Valley at an elevation of 2419 feet.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,321 people, 549 households, and 357 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 708.5 people per square mile (274.2/km²). There were 619 housing units at an average density of 332.0/sq mi (128.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.74% White, 0.23% African American, 1.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 549 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,103, and the median income for a family was $31,544. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $18,333 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $13,245. About 13.6% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.
Local teenagers attend
Thompson Falls High School, a Class B school. It offers eight sports to its students.fact|date=July 2008
* [http://www.thompsonfalls.net Thompson Falls Schools]
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