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Glendive is a city in and the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Dawson County
Dawson County, Montana
-Economy:Dawson County is known for its dryland grain, coal mines and gas and oil wells. There are 522 current farms and ranches, and 296 commercial businesses.-Demographics:...

, Montana
Montana is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller, "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name,...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 4,935 at the 2010 census.

The town of Glendive is located in South Eastern Montana and is considered by many as an agricultural hub of Eastern Montana. The town itself is tucked between the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately long, in the western United States. Considered the principal tributary of the upper Missouri, the river and its tributaries drain a wide area stretching from the Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of the Yellowstone National...

 and the Badlands
A badlands is a type of dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water. It can resemble malpaís, a terrain of volcanic rock. Canyons, ravines, gullies, hoodoos and other such geological forms are common in badlands. They are often...

, named for the rugged terrain and jagged rock formations that are known to exist in the area.

Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park
Makoshika State Park is the largest of Montana's state parks at more than 11,000 acres . It is located east of Glendive. The park contains spectacular badlands which conceal dinosaur fossils. The park contains rock from the Hell Creek Formation and dinosaurs such as Triceratops are found there...

 is located just east of Glendive.


Glendive is located at 47°6′31"N 104°42′38"W (47.108491, -104.710419), at an altitude of 2,064 feet (629 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.


Sir George Gore, a wealthy Irish sportsman, named his favorite hunting area "Glendive" in 1855, from the Irish gleann 'valley' and dubh 'black'.


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 4,729 people, 1,983 households, and 1,229 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,419.0 people per square mile (548.3/km²). There were 2,204 housing units at an average density of 661.4 per square mile (255.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.38% White, 0.30% African American,1.21% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.36% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.
There were 1,983 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.2% 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 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,943, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $30,977 versus $20,132 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $15,544. About 11.6% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Radio and television

The Glendive market has 3 local radio stations:
  • KGLE
    KGLE is a radio station licensed to serve Glendive, Montana. The station is owned by Friends of Christian Radio, Inc. It airs a Religious radio format including programming from Moody Broadcasting Network....

     AM 590
  • KXGN
    KXGN (AM)
    KXGN is a radio station in Glendive, Montana, USA. The station is owned by Glendive Broadcasting, owner of KXGN-TV and KDZN FM. KXGN signed on in 1957.-Programming:...

     AM 1400
  • KDZN
    KDZN is a Country formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Glendive, Montana, serving East Central Montana. KDZN is owned and operated by Stephen A. Marks Radio Group.-History:...

     FM 96.5

Glendive is the smallest of the 210 designated markets for broadcast television in the United States (as designated by Nielsen
Nielsen Media Research
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), with one station (KXGN
KXGN-TV channel 5 is a television station in Glendive, Montana, a primarily agricultural region in eastern Montana, which is the smallest of the 210 US Nielsen-designated broadcast television market areas in the United States; the market serves a total potential home-market audience of a mere five...

 channel 5) carrying a CBS
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 affiliation along with state and local news broadcasts for a small potential audience of several thousand people (county population is 9,059). Until September 2009, KXGN also carried selected prime-time NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

 programming in its schedule, making it the last "Big 3" affiliate to offer programming from more than one network on a single feed. In late June 2010, KXGN moved their NBC programming to a DT2 digital subchannel
Digital subchannel
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, rejoining the network.

K13PL channel 13, a translator (low-powered rebroadcaster) of Williston, ND
Williston, North Dakota
-Demographics:Preliminary data from a 2010 housing study indicates that population has grown by nearly 22 percent over the past decade; the actual increase might be much higher. Williston is in western North Dakota's booming oil patch, and adequate, affordable housing has become a concern. The...

's NBC
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 affiliate KUMV is also available.


Glendive experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen
Köppen climate classification
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 BSk) with long, cold, dry winters and hot, wetter summers. Together with Medicine Lake, the town holds the state's all-time-high record of 117°F (47°C), which was recorded on July 20, 1893 in Glendive and on July 5, 1937 in Medicine Lake.

Notable residents

  • Tim M. Babcock
    Tim M. Babcock
    Tim Milford Babcock was the 16th Governor of the U.S. state of Montana. He was born in Littlefork, Minnesota.Babcock served in the Montana legislature prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 1960. He became governor in 1962 upon the death of Governor Donald Nutter. Babcock served until 1969,...

    , 16th Governor of Montana, grew up on a ranch and later a house in Glendive, graduate of Dawson County High School in Glendive
  • Kamran Ince
    Kamran Ince
    Kamran N. İnce is a Turkish-American composer.- Life :Ince was born in Glendive, Montana, and at the age of six moved with his family to Turkey. He entered the Ankara State Conservatory at the age of ten, in 1971, where he began studying cello and piano, and took composition lessons with İlhan Baran...

    , Turkish-American music composer.
  • Clyde Lamb
    Clyde Lamb
    Clyde William Lamb was an artist and cartoonist whose gag cartoons, signed Clyde Lamb, were published in leading magazines of the 1940s and 1950s. He also drew a syndicated comic strip during the 1950s....

    , cartoonist
  • Adam Morrison
    Adam Morrison
    Adam John Morrison is an American basketball player who is currently free agent after being released from KK Crvena zvezda....

    , professional basketball player for the Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
    Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

    Los Angeles Lakers
    The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association...

  • Alfred E. Perlman
    Alfred E. Perlman
    Alfred Edward Perlman was a railroad executive, having served as president of the Penn Central Transportation Company, and its predecessor, the New York Central Railroad.- Career :...

    , President, New York Central Railroad
    New York Central Railroad
    The New York Central Railroad , known simply as the New York Central in its publicity, was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States...

    , President Western Pacific Railroad
    Western Pacific Railroad
    The Western Pacific Railroad was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was formed in 1903 as an attempt to break the near-monopoly the Southern Pacific Railroad had on rail service into northern California...

  • Mike Person
    Mike Person
    Mike Person is an American football offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Montana State....

    , offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Joyce Woodhouse
    Joyce Woodhouse
    Joyce Woodhouse is a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 5 since 2007.-External links:* official government website* profile*Follow the Money - Joyce Woodhouse** campaign contributions...

    , Democratic member of the Nevada Senate.
  • Hank Worden
    Hank Worden
    Hank Worden was an American cowboy-turned-character-actor who appeared in many Westerns.-Biography:...

    , born Norton Earl Worden, cowboy actor
  • John Fohl, former guitarist for Cherry Poppin' Daddies
    Cherry Poppin' Daddies
    The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are an American band established in Eugene, Oregon, in 1989. Formed by Steve Perry and Dan Schmid , the band has experienced many membership changes over the years, with only Perry, Schmid and Dana Heitman currently remaining from the original line-up.The Daddies' music...

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