Cities & States

Yellowstone County
Population: 153,692
Missoula County
Population: 111,966
Gallatin County
Population: 95,323
Flathead County
Population: 93,333
Cascade County
Population: 82,090
Lewis and Clark County
Population: 65,357
Ravalli County
Population: 40,823
Silver Bow County
Population: 34,549
Lake County
Population: 29,157
Lincoln County
Population: 19,337


State of Montana Demographics

Located in the Mountain-Plains region of the U.S., the Treasure State’s fastest employment growth industry since the recession has been health care, with large job gains also related to the Bakken oil fields development. Manufacturing remains an important component to GDP growth the past five years, especially from petroleum and coal products. Montana’s continued economic growth will be challenged by a limited working-age population restricting labor force growth. (Source: Montana Dept. of Labor & Industry)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Montana for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Montana’s labor force had a challenging year, with total numbers down slightly, by 0.34 percent, and the labor force participation rate falling 0.8 percent to 63.0 percent. The unemployment rate fell slightly by 0.2 percent, to a very good 3.9 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Montana, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Montana Demographics

View more Montana demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Montana below. More employment information for the State of Michigan and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by retail trade; health care and social assistance; accommodation and food services; and construction, respectively.

The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include the State of Montana, the Federal Government, Wal-Mart, Albertson’s, Billings Clinic, Town Pump, St. Vincent Healthcare, Benefis Healthcare, Kalispell Regional Hospital, and St. Patrick Hospital. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

If you work in Montana, you can expect to earn less than the national average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage in Montana as of May 2014 (all occupations) was $15.15, compared to $17.09 for the nation. The mean annual wage was $39,880 for Montana, compared to $47,230 for the U.S. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
9.65% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Montana

Directory of Counties in Montana

Montana Unemployment Data
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