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Big Sky, Montana - Basic Facts

The Big Sky Census Designated Place had a population of 2,882 as of July 1, 2019. Big Sky ranks in the lower 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 Sky is located at latitude 45.2846 and longitude -111.3683 in Gallatin County. The formal boundaries for the Big Sky Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 119.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Gallatin County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,218 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Big Sky Census Designated Place are located in Gallatin County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Madison County.

The Big Sky Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2407845) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Big Sky Census Designated Place is located within Big Sky Division of Gallatin County.


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Big Sky, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Big Sky, MT Housing Affordability Index is 112
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

Big Sky, MT Wealth Index is 102
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 2,882 (100%)
Population in Households 2,836 (98.4%)
Population in Families 1,818 (63.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 46 ( 1.6%)
Population Density 24
Diversity Index2 20
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $89,004
Average Household Income $103,998
Per Capita Income $46,618
Wealth Index4 102

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 4,051 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 845 (20.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 426 (10.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,780 (68.6%)
Median Home Value $430,093
Housing Affordability Index3 112
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,271
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 659
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 2.43% 2.49%
Households 2.42% 2.49%
Families 2.99% 2.23%
Median Household Income   2.61%
Per Capita Income   1.96%

Big Sky, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Sky 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 # 39 90th
Population Density # 316 13th
Diversity Index # 113 70th
Median Household Income # 6 99th
Per Capita Income # 6 99th

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