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The 2000 Census showed that Silver Bow County had a population of 34,606 people. This represented 3.84% of the total population of Montana, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 56 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Silver Bow had a population of 32,949 people. This is a decrease of 4.79% 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
201034,200-1.17%+3.8% since 2009
200932,949-4.79%+0.53% since 2008
200832,776-5.29%+0.57% since 2007
200732,590-5.83%-0.17% since 2006
200632,646-5.66%-0.28% since 2005
200532,737-5.4%-0.4% since 2004
200432,869-5.02%-0.55% since 2003
200333,052-4.49%-0.9% since 2002
200233,351-3.63%-1.09% since 2001
200133,717-2.57%-2.57% since 2000
200034,606The Last Census

Silver Bow County had 16,176 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Silver Bow County has a total area<3> of 718 square miles [1,862 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.66 square miles [1.72 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Silver Bow County had a population density of 48.18 people per square mile [18.6 people/km²], making it the state's 2nd 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 Silver Bow County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Silver Bow and the state of Montana.

Click here for the Silver Bow County QuickFact (QF-30093).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BeaverheadQF-30001   S8,9769,202-2.46%
Deer LodgeQF-30023   NW8,7929,417-6.64%
JeffersonQF-30043   NE11,47010,04914.14%
MadisonQF-30057   SE7,4576,8518.85%

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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 Silver Bow. 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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