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Polson, Montana - Basic Facts

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The City of Polson had a population of 4,759 as of July 1, 2017. Polson 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 Polson is located at latitude 47.6895 and longitude -114.1435 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Polson (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,926 feet.

The City of Polson (GNIS ID: 2411452) 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 Polson is located within Flathead Division of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Polson 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 Polson: Foot of the Lake, Lambert's Landing.

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


Total Population 4,759
Daytime Population: Workers 3,668
Daytime Population: Residents 2,535
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,203
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.30
Population in Households 4,675
Population in Familes 3,478
Population in Group Qrtrs 84
Population Density2 1,152
Diversity Index3 53


Median Household Income $32,691
Average Household Income $45,970
Per Capita Income $19,794


Total Housing Units 2,661 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,108 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 990 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 563 (21.2%)
Median Home Value $203,081
Average Home Value $257,784


Total Households 2,098
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 1,211
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 0.81% 0.85%
Households 0.72% 0.81%
Families 0.72% 0.59%
Median Household Income   0.49%
Per Capita Income   1.69%

Polson, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Polson 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 # 26 93rd
Population Density # 63 83rd
Diversity Index # 20 95th
Median Household Income # 334 9th
Per Capita Income # 318 13th

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