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Polson, Montana - Basic Facts

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The City of Polson had a population of 4,724 as of July 1, 2016. Polson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Polson is located at latitude 47.6895 and longitude -114.1435 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Polson (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,926 feet.

The City of Polson (GNIS ID: 2411452) 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 Polson is located within Flathead Division of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Polson 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 Polson: Foot of the Lake, Lambert's Landing.

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


Total Population 4,724
Population in Households 4,640
Population in Familes 3,449
Population in Group Qrtrs 84
Population Density1 1,143
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 2,093
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 1,213
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,663 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,110 (41.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 983 (36.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 570 (21.4%)
Median Home Value $204,063
Average Home Value $256,583


Median Household Income $30,738
Average Household Income $43,234
Per Capita Income $18,737
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.82% 0.73%
Households 0.8% 0.73%
Families 0.86% 0.52%
Median Household Income   1.94%
Per Capita Income   1.22%
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.

Polson, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Polson 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 # 25 93rd
Population Density1 # 64 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 21 95th
Median Household Income # 341 7th
Per Capita Income # 321 12th

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