Bozeman and the Gallatin area end up on a lot of top 10 lists – this was not a surprising statistic considering the influx of people into our community over the past few years – living in this area of Montana is the goal of many people from around the country that were sitting on their real estate in other areas during the recession – as soon as their properties moved, they moved here.
Gallatin County among fastest growing in nation
by Eric Dietrich, Chronicle Staff Writer Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau says Bozeman was the sixth-fastest growing “micropolitan” area in the nation from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014, with Gallatin County’s population increasing by 2.8 percent to an estimated 97,308 residents.
The fastest-growing micro area in 2013-2014 was Williston, North Dakota, with 8.7 percent growth, the bureau reports. Rounding out the top five on the micropolitan growth list were Dickinson, North Dakota; Heber, Utah; Andrews, Texas; and Vernal, Utah.
The Census bureau defines “micropolitan” statistical areas as containing urban centers with a population between 10,000 and 50,000 and “metropolitan” areas as regions containing urban centers with a population of at least 50,000.
The Census Bureau says that the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation in 2013-2014 was The Villages, Florida, which had a 5.4 percent increase in population. Bend-Redmond, Oregon, was ranked seventh on the metro list, with a population increase of 2.7 percent.
While the population counts used to calculate the growth of the Bozeman micropolitan area include the entire population of Gallatin County, the city’s micropolitan designation is based on the size of Bozeman’s urban core. As of July 1, 2013, the city’s population was estimated at 39,860.