Idaho State Counties

State Highlights

Montana: Hispanic origin

Hispanic origin is not the same thing as race - people of Hispanic origin can be of any race.  The Census Bureau defines Hispanic origin as "the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.  People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race." 

In Montana . . .

  • The Hispanic population grew by 109.3 percent between 2000 and 2016.

  • Hispanic residents made up 3.6 percent of the population in 2016, compared to 17.8 percent in the U.S..

  • The proportion of Hispanic residents has changed in Montana from NA percent in 1980, to 1.5 percent in 1990, to 2.0 percent in 2000, and to 3.6 percent in 2016.

To get the most out of this indicator . . .


Ask questions:


·         What’s the ethnic make-up of your county (e.g., how many are Hispanic and how many are non-Hispanic)?

·         How is it changing over time?

·         Is the Hispanic population growing at a different rate than the population as a whole?


Dig deeper:


·         Look at the county rankings for your state and/or view maps to see how your county compares to others.

·         Use the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder to learn more about the local Hispanic population.  Many indicators at this site report data for both Hispanics and non-Hispanics.  See

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

·         If you have specific questions, send us an e-mail.

Source: 1980: U.S. Bureau of the Census, (;
1990, 2000, 2010: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, (;
2016: U.S. Bureau of the Census, County Population Estimates, (; DATE LAST UPDATED: July 17, 2017.

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