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Plains, Montana - Basic Facts

The Town of Plains had a population of 962 as of July 1, 2017. Plains 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 Plains is located at latitude 47.4605 and longitude -114.8846 in Sanders County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Plains (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Sanders County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,470 feet.

The Town of Plains (GNIS ID: 2413141) 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 Plains is located within Plains Division of Sanders County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Plains 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 Plains: Horse Plains.

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


Total Population 962
Daytime Population: Workers 647
Daytime Population: Residents 592
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,239
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.29
Population in Households 901
Population in Familes 674
Population in Group Qrtrs 61
Population Density2 1,613
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $32,417
Average Household Income $42,181
Per Capita Income $19,683


Total Housing Units 593 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 310 (52.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 151 (25.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 131 (22.1%)
Median Home Value $198,750
Average Home Value $282,500


Total Households 462
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 262
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 -1.17% -1.04%
Households -1.14% -1.06%
Families 0.32% -1.33%
Median Household Income   0.13%
Per Capita Income   2.11%

Plains, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Plains 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 # 92 75th
Population Density # 38 90th
Diversity Index # 149 59th
Median Household Income # 335 8th
Per Capita Income # 322 12th

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