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Great Falls, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Great Falls is the 3rd largest city in Montana with a population of 59,030 as of July 1, 2017. Great Falls 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 Great Falls is located at latitude 47.5014 and longitude -111.3 in Cascade County. The formal boundaries for the City of Great Falls (see map below) encompass a land area of 21.92 sq. miles and a water area of 0.47 sq. miles. Cascade County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,330 feet.

The City of Great Falls (GNIS ID: 2410653) 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 Great Falls is located within Great Falls Division of Cascade County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Great Falls: Electric City.

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


Total Population 59,030
Daytime Population: Workers 30,884
Daytime Population: Residents 29,837
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 60,721
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 57,800
Population in Familes 43,182
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,230
Population Density2 2,693
Diversity Index3 32


Median Household Income $44,677
Average Household Income $60,325
Per Capita Income $26,436


Total Housing Units 27,624 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,413 (55.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,265 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,946 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $175,503
Average Home Value $189,019


Total Households 25,678
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 14,974
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 0.11% 0.2%
Households 0.19% 0.25%
Families -0.16% -0.01%
Median Household Income   2.19%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

Great Falls, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Great Falls 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 # 3 99th
Population Density # 7 98th
Diversity Index # 52 86th
Median Household Income # 210 43rd
Per Capita Income # 201 45th

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