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Fort Benton, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Benton had a population of 1,435 as of July 1, 2016. Fort Benton ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Benton is located at latitude 47.8288 and longitude -110.656 in Chouteau County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Benton (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chouteau County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,621 feet.

The City of Fort Benton (GNIS ID: 2410524) 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 City of Fort Benton is located within Fort Benton Division of Chouteau County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Benton: Benton City.

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Fort Benton, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,435
Population in Households 1,362
Population in Familes 1,038
Population in Group Qrtrs 73
Population Density1 677
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 682
Average Household Size 2.0
Family Households 402
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 815 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 462 (56.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 220 (27.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 133 (16.3%)
Median Home Value $138,776
Average Home Value $177,391


Median Household Income $43,871
Average Household Income $61,636
Per Capita Income $29,121
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.32% -0.04%
Households -0.09% 0.09%
Families -0.39% -0.1%
Median Household Income   1.05%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
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.

Fort Benton, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Benton 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 # 73 80th
Population Density1 # 104 72nd
Diversity Index2 # 340 7th
Median Household Income # 193 47th
Per Capita Income # 112 70th

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