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Heron, Montana - Basic Facts

The Heron Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Sanders County at latitude 48.0638 and longitude -115.9802. Sanders County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,251 feet.

The formal official name is the Heron Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Heron, Montana.

The U5 Census Class Code for Heron indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Heron Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Heron Census Designated Place, MT Boundary Map


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Heron, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 287
Population in Households 279
Population in Familes 214
Population in Group Qrtrs 8
Population Density1 56
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 108
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 68
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 131 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 82 (62.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 26 (19.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 (17.6%)
Median Home Value $134,375
Average Home Value $166,463


Median Household Income $45,524
Average Household Income $56,546
Per Capita Income $23,895
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.41% 0.21%
Households 0.67% 0.55%
Families 1.81% 0.58%
Median Household Income   2.12%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
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.


Heron, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Heron to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 204 44th
Population Density1 # 264 28th
Diversity Index2 # 159 57th
Median Household Income # 141 62nd
Per Capita Income # 201 45th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Montana Census Data Comparison Tool.