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Helena, Montana

The capital city of Montana is Helena (please see the above image). This state is the 4th largest (145,546 square miles) and the 44th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Montana is management and professional (33.80%), followed by sales and office (24.90%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Montana has some nicknames including the Big Sky Country, Treasure State and The Last Best Place
  2. Montana has one of the lowest number of foreign-born people (2.00% whilst USA median 12.90%)
  3. Montana has one of the lowest number of people speaking language other than English at home (0 vs. national median 0)
  4. Montana has one of the lowest number of Asian ethnicity (0.80% vs. country median 5.30%)
  5. Montana has one of the highest number of suicide, per 100K (22 vs. USA average 12)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Montana population was 1,015,165 which ranks the 44th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Montana is Billings. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 2.60%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Montana population represents only 0.32% of the USA’s whole population as depicted in the following chart.

Montana total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Montana (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 89.50%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 6.50%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.50%
  • Asian ethnicity 0.80%
  • Black or African American 0.60%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Montana population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Montana population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.00% of Montana population are under 5 years old, 22.10% are under 18 years and 16.20% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 4.60% of Montana population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 49.80% which is slightly less than male population. Montana female population number ranks the 44th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Montana and the USA.

Female and male population in Montana vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 91.90% which is higher than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 28.50% which is the same as US average
  • Home ownership rate is 68.50%, this is higher than US average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 14.80% which is lower than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Montana Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 4.12% of total land area
  • Montana has less population density than the USA average (6.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Montana is lower by .37 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Montana land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Montana USA
Land area (square miles) 145,545.80 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 6.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.5 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Montana unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.50% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Montana is $7.90 per hour, which ranks the 17th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Montana based on Census 2010
Occupation Montana USA
Management or professional-related job 33.80% 34.90%
Service-related job 18.10% 17.10%
Sales and office job 24.90% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 1.50% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 11.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 10.30% 12.50%
Comparison of Montana Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Montana usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Montana was 18.0 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 0.20%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 2.00%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 0.60%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms S, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.00%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 24.60%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Montana is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Montana USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 10,638,145 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 8,202,782 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 14,686,854 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 2,079,426 613,795,732
Montana Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $15,343.00, which is higher than national median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Montana was 2,736.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Montana has one of the lowest number of women-owned firms (24.60% compared to national average 28.80%)
  2. Montana has one of the lowest number of Asian-owned firms (0.60% vs. country median 5.70%)
  3. Montana has one of the lowest travel time to work, in minutes (18 compared to national average 25)
  4. Montana has one of the lowest number of black or African American population (0.60% whereas national average 13.20%)
  5. Montana has one of the lowest population density, in people per sqm (7 whilst national median 87)
  6. Montana has one of the highest number of high school graduate (91.90% while country average 85.70%)
  7. Montana has one of the lowest number of Black-owned firms (0.20% while country average 7.10%)

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