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Miles City, Montana - Basic Facts

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The City of Miles City is the 10th largest city in Montana with a population of 8,942 as of July 1, 2016. Miles City 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 Miles City is located at latitude 46.4058 and longitude -105.8389 in Custer County. The formal boundaries for the City of Miles City (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Custer County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,362 feet.

The City of Miles City (GNIS ID: 2411105) 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 Miles City is located within Miles City Division of Custer County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Miles City 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 Miles City: Milestown.

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Miles City, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 8,942
Population in Households 8,623
Population in Familes 6,334
Population in Group Qrtrs 319
Population Density1 2,665
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 3,887
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 2,178
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,212 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,400 (57.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,487 (35.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 325 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $106,944
Average Home Value $139,042


Median Household Income $40,435
Average Household Income $54,911
Per Capita Income $24,409
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.99% 1.0%
Households 0.89% 0.95%
Families 0.72% 0.76%
Median Household Income   3.16%
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.

Miles City, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Miles City 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 # 10 98th
Population Density1 # 8 98th
Diversity Index2 # 120 68th
Median Household Income # 241 34th
Per Capita Income # 230 37th

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