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Big Sandy, Montana - Basic Facts

The Town of Big Sandy had a population of 587 as of July 1, 2016. Big Sandy ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big Sandy is located at latitude 48.1787 and longitude -110.1137 in Chouteau County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Big Sandy (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chouteau County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,700 feet.

The Town of Big Sandy (GNIS ID: 2411689) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Big Sandy is located within Big Sandy Division of Chouteau County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Sandy population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Big Sandy, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 587
Population in Households 575
Population in Familes 440
Population in Group Qrtrs 12
Population Density1 1,339
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 274
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 156
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 337 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 198 (58.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 76 (22.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 63 (18.7%)
Median Home Value $79,286
Average Home Value $103,030


Median Household Income $33,548
Average Household Income $44,077
Per Capita Income $20,839
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.3% 0.07%
Households -0.12% 0.15%
Families -0.5% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.53%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Big Sandy, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Sandy to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 140 62nd
Population Density1 # 53 86th
Diversity Index2 # 231 38th
Median Household Income # 317 13th
Per Capita Income # 299 18th

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