Cow-to-People ratio of every county in Montana
Montana has a reputation of having more cows than people. As it turns out, that reputation is based on reality. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s 2018 population is roughly 1,062,305. Yes, folks, we broke one million. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Montana had 2,518,571 cows in 2017. That’s just over 2 cows for every person. To be exact, 2.37085489 per person.
But what does that look like on the ground? Certainly not every county has a 2:1 ratio of cows to people. So we broke it down, county by county, to see where the cattle outnumber the humans in our expansive, 147,000-square mile state.
For instance, Carter County has way more cows than people — 74 cows for every human.
In comparison, humans outnumber bovines in six other Montana counties. See if yours is on the list. We at Prairie Populist are milking the data for all it’s worth.
Take a look:
|County||Cows (2018)||People (2017)||Cows per person|
|Powder River County||84,944||1,716||50|
|Judith Basin County||72,091||1,952||37|
|Golden Valley County||16,484||826||20|
|Sweet Grass County||33,529||3,710||9|
|Big Horn County||83,734||13,338||6|
|Deer Lodge County||7,361||9,131||1|
|Lewis and Clark County||40,202||68,700||1|
|Silver Bow County||3,679||34,993||0|
Human Population Data: 2018 U.S. Census Estimates. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/map/mt/PST045218
Cow Population Data: 2017 Ag Census. https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/AgCensus/2017/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_2_County_Level/Montana/st30_2_0011_0011.pdf
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