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Miles City, Montana - Basic Facts

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The City of Miles City is the 10th largest city in Montana with a population of 8,759 as of July 1, 2017. Miles City 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 Miles City is located at latitude 46.4058 and longitude -105.8389 in Custer County. The formal boundaries for the City of Miles City (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Custer County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,362 feet.

The City of Miles City (GNIS ID: 2411105) 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 Miles City is located within Miles City Division of Custer County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Miles City 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 Miles City: Milestown.

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


Total Population 8,759
Daytime Population: Workers 4,516
Daytime Population: Residents 4,750
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 9,266
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 8,440
Population in Familes 6,182
Population in Group Qrtrs 319
Population Density2 2,611
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $43,530
Average Household Income $58,152
Per Capita Income $26,051


Total Housing Units 4,154 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,362 (56.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,481 (35.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 312 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $117,158
Average Home Value $148,666


Total Households 3,842
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 2,127
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 0.56% 0.47%
Households 0.61% 0.52%
Families 0.3% 0.26%
Median Household Income   1.2%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

Miles City, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Miles City 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 # 10 98th
Population Density # 9 98th
Diversity Index # 123 67th
Median Household Income # 222 39th
Per Capita Income # 213 42nd

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