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The 2000 Census showed that Powell County had a population of 7,180 people. This represented 0.8% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 28th most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Powell had a population of 7,089 people. This is a decrease of 1.27% 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
20107,027-2.13%-0.87% since 2009
20097,089-1.27%+0.75% since 2008
20087,036-2.01%-1.1% since 2007
20077,114-0.92%+0.32% since 2006
20067,091-1.24%+1.94% since 2005
20056,956-3.12%+1.64% since 2004
20046,844-4.68%-0.28% since 2003
20036,863-4.42%-1.41% since 2002
20026,961-3.05%-0.73% since 2001
20017,012-2.34%-2.34% since 2000
20007,180The Last Census

Powell County had 2,930 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Powell County has a total area<3> of 2,332 square miles [6,041 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (6.74 square miles [17.46 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Powell County had a population density of 3.09 people per square mile [1.19 people/km²], making it the state's 21st 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 Powell County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Powell and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Powell County QuickFact (QF-30077).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Deer LodgeQF-30023   S8,7929,417-6.64%
FlatheadQF-30029   NW89,62474,47120.35%
GraniteQF-30039   SW2,8792,8301.73%
JeffersonQF-30043   SE11,47010,04914.14%
Lewis and ClarkQF-30049   NE61,94255,71611.17%
MissoulaQF-30063   W108,62395,80213.38%

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<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 Powell. 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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