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The 2000 Census showed that Musselshell County had a population of 4,497 people. This represented 0.5% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 36th most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Musselshell had a population of 4,600 people. This is an increase of 2.29% 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
20104,538+0.91%-1.35% since 2009
20094,600+2.29%+2.09% since 2008
20084,506+0.2%+0.9% since 2007
20074,466-0.69%+0.18% since 2006
20064,458-0.87%+1.87% since 2005
20054,376-2.69%-0.95% since 2004
20044,418-1.76%+0.39% since 2003
20034,401-2.13%+0.27% since 2002
20024,389-2.4%-0.18% since 2001
20014,397-2.22%-2.22% since 2000
20004,497The Last Census

Musselshell County had 2,317 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Musselshell County has a total area<3> of 1,870 square miles [4,845 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.76 square miles [9.75 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Musselshell County had a population density of 2.41 people per square mile [0.93 people/km²], making it the state's 30th 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 Musselshell County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Musselshell and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Musselshell County QuickFact (QF-30065).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FergusQF-30027   NW11,20811,893-5.76%
Golden ValleyQF-30037   W1,0571,0421.44%
PetroleumQF-30069   N440493-10.75%
RosebudQF-30087   SE9,2589,383-1.33%
TreasureQF-30103   E612861-28.92%
YellowstoneQF-30111   S144,797129,35211.94%

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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 Musselshell. 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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