Judith Basin County has a beautiful expanse of island mountain ranges with a sea of grass and wheat in between. The farmer, recreationalist and sportsman all are at home here.
The county seat is Stanford located on Highway 87 between Lewistown and Great Falls. The county population is 2,329, according to the 2000 Census, in an area covering 1,869,886 acres.
The per capita income according to 1999 estimates was $18,428 with a median household income of $26,198 in 1997. The largest industry is agriculture and retail trade followed by services, construction, tourism wholesale trade and manufacturing.
► Major employers in Judith Basin County include Bos Terra, Hobson Insurance, Stevenson Angus, Hobson School, Geyser School, Stanford School, Stockman Bank, and K's IGA Supermarket in Stanford.
► Stanford has a small airport and there is a private air strip in Hobson. There is no commercial air service in the county, but it is available in Lewistown (45 miles to the southeast or Great Falls, 60 miles to the northwest). BNSF provides rail service.
► The Judith Basin County Sheriff's Department has a staff of five, located in Stanford. Montana Highway Patrol also has a patrolman stationed there. Rural fire departments and ambulance services provide emergency services within the county.
► Stanford, Hobson and Denton have public swimming pools, as well as libraries. Along with outdoor recreation year round, popular events include performances by the Judith Arts Society throughout the area, the CMR Stampede Rodeo, the Judith Basin County Fair and Scarecrows in the Garden held in Stanford; and the Montana Bale Trail ("What the Hay Contest") between Hobson, Utica and Windham.
► The MSU Experimental Ag Station is located near Moccasin and provides crop research for Montana farmers. The average rainfall in Judith Basin County is 24.58 inches and the average snowfall is 15.21 inches. The length of the average growing season is 115 days and the annual average temperature is 44.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
► Stanford Recycling is a collaborative effort by the local USDA Forest Service and Horizons Community created in 2010. This program was established for the betterment of our area.
► The Stanford Beautification Street Committee is working hard to spread the word throughout the community to raise funding for the purpose of ensuring that permanent street repair becomes a reality.