There are fifty-six counties in Montana. Montana has two consolidated city-counties- Anaconda
with Deer Lodge County and Butte with Silver Bow County. The portion of Yellowstone National Park that lies
within Montana was not part of any county until 1997, when part of it was nominally added to Gallatin County,
and the rest of it to Park County.
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Phillips County is a county located in the state of Montana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,253. Its county seat is
Malta. Before February 5, 1915, Phillips County was part of Blaine County, Montana, and before 1912 both were part of Chouteau County,
Montana. It was named in honor of rancher and state senator Benjamin D. Phillips.
It is across from the Canadian border of Saskatchewan. The Missouri River defines its southern boundary.
Etymology - Origin of Phillips County Name
B.D. Phillips, a leading sheepman, rancher, and pioneer in the county
Phillips County was created 5 February 1915 from Valley County. County seat: Malta
Before February 5, 1915 Phillips County was part of Blaine County, Montana and before 1912 both were part of Chouteau
County, Montana. It was named in honor of rancher and state senator Benjamin D. Phillips.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,212 square miles (13,499 km2), of which,
5,140 square miles (13,311 km2) of it is land and 73 square miles (188 km2) of it (1.39%) is water.