Bozeman Population 2018
The area that is now Bozeman was inhabited by indigenous tribes for thousands of years. These groups included the Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Shoshone and Sioux. During the 19th century, the area was visited by William Clark during his expedition. It was later that century in 1863 when John Bozeman and his partner John Jacobs opened the Bozeman Trail off of the Oregon Trail, which went through Virginia City and what would one day be Bozeman.
The town was plotted out and established the next year, and although the Bozeman Trail was closed before the end of the 1860s, the fertile land in the area brought in more settlers. During the same decade, gold miner Nelson Story brought over 1,000 cattle and established a ranch in Paradise Valley. Some of this land was later donated to Montana State University. The town of Bozeman was incorporated in 1883.
Fort Ellis was also established but was decommissioned in 1886. The end of the 19th century brought growth to Bozeman with the addition of a library, a fish hatchery, and Montana State University – Bozeman. The 20th century saw continued growth, including the construction of the first high school, a federal building and a post office. Canneries in the area were producing canned peas and at one time, the city was one of the largest producers in the country.
In the 1950s, the city opened up Bridger Bowl, its first ski area. In the 1970s, the Big Sky Ski Resort was established and is still in operation today as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The Museum of the Rockies was also established in the 1950s, as the city and its population continued to grow. These attractions and the outdoor recreational activities including fishing, kayaking and mountain climbing have attracted residents and tourists to the area.
The city has continued to grow with the expansion of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the quality of life, and employment and educational opportunities.
The city’s population is over 45,000. With a total area of over 19 square miles, Bozeman has a population density of 1,900 people per square mile. Its population makes it the fourth most populous city in Montana.
The city’s population is over 93% white, 0.5% black, 1.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, and 2.1% mixed race. Almost 3% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. The biggest age group is 25 to 44, making up 28.6% of the population. About 16% of the population is under the age of 18, while 8% are at least 65 years old. There are more males than females living in Bozeman, with 111.2 men for every 100 women. Just over 20% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
Bozeman Population Growth
Bozeman’s population has seen steady gains since the census of 1870. The population exceeded 2,000 before the end of the 19th century. The city’s population continued to grow at a steady rate through the 20th century, surpassing 11,000 at the time of the 1950 census. By 1980, the population had nearly doubled. Recent estimates show that the population is up 21.4% since the last census taken in 2010, showing that Bozeman is on track to reaching 50,000 residents in the near future.