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Big Sandy, Montana - Basic Facts

The Town of Big Sandy had a population of 582 as of July 1, 2017. Big Sandy 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 Big Sandy is located at latitude 48.1787 and longitude -110.1137 in Chouteau County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Big Sandy (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chouteau County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,700 feet.

The Town of Big Sandy (GNIS ID: 2411689) 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 Town of Big Sandy is located within Big Sandy Division of Chouteau County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Sandy 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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Big Sandy, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 582
Daytime Population: Workers 435
Daytime Population: Residents 317
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 752
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 570
Population in Familes 436
Population in Group Qrtrs 12
Population Density2 1,328
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $34,390
Average Household Income $46,629
Per Capita Income $21,975


Total Housing Units 340 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 194 (57.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 75 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 71 (20.9%)
Median Home Value $80,986
Average Home Value $104,897


Total Households 269
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 153
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 -0.37% -0.45%
Households -0.35% -0.53%
Families -0.7% -0.66%
Median Household Income   1.1%
Per Capita Income   2.29%

Big Sandy, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Sandy 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 # 139 62nd
Population Density # 51 86th
Diversity Index # 250 32nd
Median Household Income # 322 12th
Per Capita Income # 294 20th

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