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Fort Benton, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Benton had a population of 1,439 as of July 1, 2019. Fort Benton ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Fort Benton is located at latitude 47.8183 and longitude -110.6674 in Chouteau County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Benton encompass a land area of 2.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chouteau County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,621 feet.

The City of Fort Benton (GNIS ID: 2410524) 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 Fort Benton is located within Fort Benton Division of Chouteau County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Benton: Benton City.

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Fort Benton, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Fort Benton, MT Housing Affordability Index is 149
State of Montana Housing Affordability Index is 110
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Fort Benton, MT Wealth Index is 58
State of Montana Wealth Index is 79
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 1,439 (100%)
Population in Households 1,366 (94.9%)
Population in Families 1,044 (72.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 73 ( 5.1%)
Population Density 628
Diversity Index2 6
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $44,560
Average Household Income $59,263
Per Capita Income $27,263
Wealth Index4 58

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 815 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 441 (54.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 239 (29.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 135 (16.6%)
Median Home Value $151,014
Housing Affordability Index3 149
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 680
Average Household Size 2.01
Family Households 401
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.19% -0.07%
Households -0.09% 0.0%
Families -0.29% -0.15%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

Fort Benton, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Benton to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 74 80th
Population Density # 113 69th
Diversity Index # 352 4th
Median Household Income # 262 28th
Per Capita Income # 212 42nd

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