The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Montana? Where cities and towns in Montana have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 27.8% increase in the Hispanic population in Montana.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Montana with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Sidney (Photos)
- Belgrade (Photos)
- Billings (Photos)
- Havre (Photos)
- Great Falls (Photos)
- Missoula (Photos)
- Livingston (Photos)
- Helena (Photos)
- Laurel (Photos)
- Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (Photos)
Sidney took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Montana for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Montana ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Montana With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Montana.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 15 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 6.9% to 1.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Sidney took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Lewistown was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10mi away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.
Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.
5. Great Falls
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the ‘hub of five valleys’. In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook GreatFalls as Montana-s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.
Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.
Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.
Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census.
10. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
Deer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298. It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda. The county was founded in 1865.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Montana
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Montana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Montana:
- Miles City
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