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Population
  2010 2011
Population 989,415 998,199
State Rank 44 44
Median Age 39.8 40.0
Total 8 year-olds 12,110 12,122
Boys 6,186 6,162
Girls 5,924 5,960
Total 9 year-olds 12,252 12,117
Boys 6,222 6,140
Girls 6,030 5,977
Total 10 year-olds 12,013 12,273
Boys 6,283 6,242
Girls 5,730 6,031
Total 11 year-olds 12,215 12,120
Boys 6,298 6,359
Girls 5,917 5,761
Total 12 year-olds 12,179 12,242
Boys 6,280 6,273
Girls 5,899 5,969
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 75.6% 75.8%
Car Pool 9.7% 10.4%
Public Transportation 0.8% 0.9%
Work at Home 6.5% 5.8%

Geography
Capital Helena
Largest City Billings
Second Largest City Missoula
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 6.8

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 420 441
Amusement Parks 4 7
Fast-Food Restaurants 813 987
Toy Stores 53 46
Video/Disc Rental Stores 74 65
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 1 1
Candy & Nut Stores 9 14
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 43 24
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 1 2

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: November 8. 1889
  • Population 1900: 243,329
  • Population 1950: 591,024
  • Population 2000: 902,195

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Treasure State
  • Flower: Bitterroot
  • Tree: Ponderosa Pine
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Animal: Grizzly Bear
  • Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass
  • Butterfly: Mourning Cloak

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.