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Townsend, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Townsend had a population of 2,062 as of July 1, 2017. Townsend 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 Townsend is located at latitude 46.3188 and longitude -111.5197 in Broadwater County. The formal boundaries for the City of Townsend (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Broadwater County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,842 feet.

The City of Townsend (GNIS ID: 2412089) 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 Townsend is located within Townsend East Division of Broadwater County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Townsend population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Townsend, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,062
Daytime Population: Workers 1,143
Daytime Population: Residents 981
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,124
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 2,019
Population in Familes 1,549
Population in Group Qrtrs 43
Population Density2 1,307
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $37,948
Average Household Income $54,953
Per Capita Income $24,410


Total Housing Units 1,001 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 612 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 297 (29.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 92 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $151,132
Average Home Value $149,633


Total Households 909
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 544
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.3% 1.19%
Households 1.4% 1.29%
Families 1.31% 1.11%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   3.07%

Townsend, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Townsend to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 53 86th
Population Density # 53 86th
Diversity Index # 218 40th
Median Household Income # 290 21st
Per Capita Income # 250 32nd

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