Great Falls, MT

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
84,423
0.291% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.9
0.263% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.6%
5.13% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$61,351
8.82% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$227,600
17.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
38,310
0.175% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Great Falls, MT had a population of 84.4k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $61,351. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Great Falls, MT grew from 84,178 to 84,423, a 0.291% increase and its median household income grew from $56,377 to $61,351, a 8.82% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Great Falls, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.27%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.52%), White (Hispanic) (1.92%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.58%).

None of the households in Great Falls, MT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.6% of the residents in Great Falls, MT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Great Falls, MT are University of Providence (391 degrees awarded in 2022), Great Falls College Montana State University (285 degrees), and Montana Academy of Salons (103 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Great Falls, MT was $227,600, and the homeownership rate was 68%.

Most people in Great Falls, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17 minutes. The average car ownership in Great Falls, MT was 2 cars per household.

Great Falls, MT borders Helena, MT.

Population & Diversity

Great Falls, MT is home to a population of 84.4k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.5% of Great Falls, MT residents were born outside of the country (1.27k people).

In 2022, there were 15.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.5k people) in Great Falls, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.97k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Great Falls, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Great Falls, MT was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Great Falls, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    70.5k ± 344
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.45k ± 553
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    2.97k ± 378
5.05%
Hispanic Population
4.26k people

In 2022, there were 15.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.5k people) in Great Falls, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 2.97k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.05% of the people in Great Falls, MT are hispanic (4.26k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Great Falls, MT as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    3,689 ± 1,489 people
  2. Mexico
    2,900 ± 1,320 people
  3. Germany
    2,151 ± 1,138 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 3,689 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,900 and Germany with 2,151.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.27k people
1.86%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.57k people

As of 2022, 1.5% of Great Falls, MT residents (1.27k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Great Falls, MT was 1.86%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,984 ± 390
  2. Vietnam
    2,358 ± 356
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,274 ± 247

Great Falls, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Great Falls, MT employs 38.3k people. The largest industries in Great Falls, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,237 people), Retail Trade (5,307 people), and Educational Services (3,341 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($67,574), Utilities ($67,292), and Public Administration ($57,969).

Males in Montana have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,691. The income inequality in Montana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

38.3k
2022 Value
± 1,455
−0.175%
1 Year decline
± 5.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Great Falls, MT declined at a rate of −0.175%, from 38.4k employees to 38.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Great Falls, MT, are Sales & Related Occupations (4,334 people), Management Occupations (4,272 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,107 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Great Falls, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

38.3k
2022 Value
± 1,455
−0.175%
1 Year decline
± 5.42%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Great Falls, MT declined at a rate of −0.175%, from 38.4k employees to 38.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Great Falls, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,237 people), Retail Trade (5,307 people), and Educational Services (3,341 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Great Falls, MT, though some of these residents may live in Great Falls, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,213
Median earning men ± $1,450
$31,843
Median earning women ± $2,093

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,924), Public Administration ($60,500), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($54,545).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($50,625), Manufacturing ($48,261), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,185).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 508k people employed in Montana. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Montana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 821
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 676
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 444
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Montana went to Donald J. Trump with 56.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (40.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.53%).

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing the state of Montana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Montana

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Jon Tester
Senator from Montana1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Steve Daines
Senator from Montana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing Montana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Montana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Montana

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Montana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Great Falls, MT awarded 779 degrees. The student population of Great Falls, MT in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 644 male students and 1,601 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Great Falls, MT are White (585 and 75.1%), followed by Two or More Races (39 and 5.01%), Unknown (37 and 4.75%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (36 and 4.62%).

The largest universities in Great Falls, MT by number of degrees awarded are University of Providence (391 and 50.2%), Great Falls College Montana State University (285 and 36.6%), and Montana Academy of Salons (103 and 13.2%).

The most popular majors in Great Falls, MT are Registered Nursing (150 and 19.3%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (80 and 10.3%), and Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (70 and 8.99%).

The median tuition cost in Great Falls, MT for private four year colleges is $27,256.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Great Falls, MT, the percentage of applicants admitted was 95.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 52.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,245 (28.7% men and 71.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,245 students enrolled in Great Falls, MT, 28.7% men and 71.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,714 records, of which 71.9% were women and 28.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 15 degrees awarded
  2. 100 degrees awarded
  3. 33 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Great Falls, MT was General Business Administration & Management with 15 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Great Falls, MT according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 391 degrees awarded
  2. 285 degrees awarded
  3. 103 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Providence with 391 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 223 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Great Falls, MT, which is 0.401 times less than the 556 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 585 degrees mean that there were 15 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 39 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($27,256) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($698) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.324% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.29% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (252k), Some college (211k), and Bachelors Degree (180k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Great Falls, MT was $227,600 in 2022, which is 0.807 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $194,000 to $227,600, a 17.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Great Falls, MT is 68%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Great Falls, MT have an average commute time of 17 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Great Falls, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Great Falls, MT is $61,351. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Great Falls, MT was Gallatin County, MT with a value of $83,434, followed by Fallon County, MT and McCone County, MT, with respective values of $79,750 and $79,022.

Property

$227,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,806
$23,517
Median Property Taxes
±$1,009

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Great Falls, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

68%
Homeownership
2022
67.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68% of the housing units in Great Falls, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Great Falls, MT was Gallatin County, MT with a value of $83,434, followed by Fallon County, MT and McCone County, MT, with respective values of $79,750 and $79,022.

The following map shows all of the counties in Great Falls, MT colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$61,351
Median Household Income
± $2,847
34.6k
Number of Households
± 1,314

In 2022, the median household income of the 34.6k households in Great Falls, MT grew to $61,351 from the previous year's value of $56,377.

The following chart displays the households in Great Falls, MT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Great Falls, MT is from Montana.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Montana
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2022, the income inequality in Montana was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0827% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Montana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.59%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.28%)

In 2022, 79.7% of workers in Great Falls, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.59%) and those who worked at home (6.28%).

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Commute Time

17 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Great Falls, MT have a shorter commute time (17 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.59% of the workforce in Great Falls, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Great Falls, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Great Falls, MT have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Great Falls, MT (11.2k out of 82.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Great Falls, MT is White, followed by Native American and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.1% of the population of Great Falls, MT has health coverage, with 36.8% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 16.8% on non-group plans, and 7.59% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Montana see 1215 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.02% decrease from the previous year (1240 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1346 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 298 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,215 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Montana

Primary care physicians in Montana see an average of 1,215 patients per year. This represents a 2.02% decrease from the previous year (1,240 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Montana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.6% under 18 years, 20.3% between 18 and 34 years, 35.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.86%
Uninsured
36.8%
Employer Coverage
20.2%
Medicaid
11.7%
Medicare
16.8%
Non-Group
7.59%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Great Falls, MT declined by 6.93% from 7.37% to 6.86%.

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