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The 2000 Census showed that Garfield County had a population of 1,279 people. This represented 0.14% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 51st most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Garfield had a population of 1,173 people. This is a decrease of 8.29% 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
20101,206-5.71%+2.81% since 2009
20091,173-8.29%+1.03% since 2008
20081,161-9.23%-2.68% since 2007
20071,193-6.72%-0.5% since 2006
20061,199-6.25%+2.22% since 2005
20051,173-8.29%-3.14% since 2004
20041,211-5.32%-1.86% since 2003
20031,234-3.52%-0.88% since 2002
20021,245-2.66%-1.35% since 2001
20011,262-1.33%-1.33% since 2000
20001,279The Last Census

Garfield County had 961 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Garfield County has a total area<3> of 4,847 square miles [12,555 km²]. Of this total, 4,668 square miles [12,090 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.7%) being water (179.5 square miles [464.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Garfield County had a population density of 0.27 people per square mile [0.11 people/km²], making it the state's 55th 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 Garfield County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Garfield and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Garfield County QuickFact (QF-30033).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CusterQF-30017   SE11,18911,696-4.33%
McConeQF-30055   NE1,6241,977-17.86%
PetroleumQF-30069   W440493-10.75%
PhillipsQF-30071   NW3,9444,601-14.28%
PrairieQF-30079   E1,1081,199-7.59%
RosebudQF-30087   S9,2589,383-1.33%
ValleyQF-30105   N6,7717,675-11.78%

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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 Garfield. 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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