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The 2000 Census showed that Chouteau County had a population of 5,970 people. This represented 0.66% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 33rd most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Chouteau had a population of 5,167 people. This is a decrease of 13.45% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20105,813-2.63%+12.5% since 2009
20095,167-13.45%-0.44% since 2008
20085,190-13.07%-0.42% since 2007
20075,212-12.7%-0.53% since 2006
20065,240-12.23%-1.21% since 2005
20055,304-11.16%-1.61% since 2004
20045,391-9.7%-1.93% since 2003
20035,497-7.92%-1.77% since 2002
20025,596-6.26%-2.66% since 2001
20015,749-3.7%-3.7% since 2000
20005,970The Last Census

Chouteau County had 2,776 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Chouteau County has a total area<3> of 3,996 square miles [10,352 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (23.76 square miles [61.5 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Chouteau County had a population density of 1.5 people per square mile [0.58 people/km²], making it the state's 44th most densely populated county (out of 56 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Chouteau County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Chouteau and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Chouteau County QuickFact (QF-30015).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Chouteau County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Chouteau County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BlaineQF-30005   NE6,4857,009-7.48%
CascadeQF-30013   SW82,17880,3572.27%
FergusQF-30027   SE11,20811,893-5.76%
HillQF-30041   N16,63216,673-0.25%
Judith BasinQF-30045   S2,0512,329-11.94%
LibertyQF-30051   NW1,7482,158-19%
PonderaQF-30073   W5,8146,424-9.5%
TetonQF-30099   W6,0886,445-5.54%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Chouteau. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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