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January 31, 2008

Montana Snapshot

Montana in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus Snapshot

About 70 percent of Montana’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which was higher than the national rate of 64 percent.

As one of 24 “Super Tuesday” presidential primary and caucus sites on Feb. 5, Montana’s 2007 population of 958,000 includes a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white-alone population and a lower percentage of blacks and Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Montana’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. Montana’s Republican caucus is Feb. 5; its Democratic caucus is June 3. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Montana U.S.
Median age 39.2 36.4
Women 50.0% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 88.7% 66.4%
Black alone 0.4% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.5% 14.8%
Median household income $40,627 $48,451
Foreign born 1.9% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 13.6% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 27.4% 27.0%
Median home value $155,500 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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