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Montana's center of population, 1920-1990.

You've probably heard that Montana's population has been shifting steadily westward. And certainly some eastern counties have lost population while some western counties have gained population. But what about overall population dispersal throughout the state?

Using county population figures from the U.S. Census, we calculated median lines for Montana's north-south dispersal and its east-west dispersal. Where these lines cross is the theoretical center of the state's population: half resides to the east, half to the west; half to the north, half to the south.

This simple measure suggests what Great Falls residents have known all along - they're close to the heart of Montana. Figuration Omitted
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Author:Sylvester, Jim
Publication:Montana Business Quarterly
Date:Sep 22, 1991
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