Introduction to Bozeman, Montana

The city of Bozeman, situated in southwestern Montana, serves as the county seat of Gallatin County. The city is named after John M. Bozeman, founder of the Bozeman Trail, a shortcut connecting the Oregon Trail to the gold rush territory of Montana. Bozeman lies about 60 miles east of Butte and 98 miles southeast of the Montana state capital of Helena. The city is also located 93 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

The city's proximity to the Bozeman trail helped spur its growth, as did the area's fertile land. Incorporated in 1883, Bozeman hosted the founding ten years later of the state's land-grant college, the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. The school was later renamed the Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and after that the Montana State College before finally becoming Montana State University in 1965. The university's sprawling campus is today the largest in the state.

Attractions in the Bozeman Area

Visitors and residents have easy access to both cultural and recreational attractions in the Bozeman area. Low-cost skiing is available at the non-profit Bridger Bowl Ski Resort in the Bridger Mountains. The American Computer Museum depicts years of technology with thousands of artifacts designed to appeal both to the novice and technology expert. The Children's Museum of Bozeman presents hands-on, sensory exhibits as well as after-school and summer programs for kids. The Gallatin Pioneer Museum gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage. Exhibits include a reconstructed log cabin, a model of old Fort Ellis, and Indian artifacts, as well as more recent artifacts such as Model-A and Model-T automobiles, and old telephones and radios. The Museum of the Rockies, located on the Montana State University campus, houses the world-class Taylor Planetarium. One of Bozeman's most popular annual events is the Wild West Winterfest, which features horse drawn wagon rides, a kid's rodeo, a barn full of farm animals for the kids, a hockey tournament, and the Dog Keg Pull where dogs of many breeds and sizes pull a full keg of beer on a sled.

A two-hour drive will take visitors to the legendary Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first National Park and also the largest in the United States. Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of thundering waterfalls, steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, and panoramic views. Yellowstone is also the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the nation, encompassing over 3,000 square miles of natural beauty.

There are no major league professional sports teams in Montana, but fans of collegiate sports don't have to leave Bozeman to see first-rate athletic competition played by Montana State University Bobcats teams. The Bobcats, who compete in the Big Sky Conference, participate in NCAA's Division I (I-AA for football). Bozeman is also home to the Bozeman Icedogs, a hockey team which participates in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).


Total Population 40,319
Male Share of the Population 52.9%
Female Share of the Population 47.1%
Senior Citizens 8%
Employed Population 16+ 23,169
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $69,356
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $882
Median House Value $259,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.7%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bozeman Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 122 miles W of Billings, Montana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 513 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Gallatin
Standard Zip Codes 59715, 59718
P.O. Box Zip Codes 59719, 59771, 59772, 59773
Company Zip Codes 59717
Phone Area Codes 406
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.679
Longitude -111.037

Bozeman Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 52 to 82 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 19.2 inches
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 29 to 55 F
Jul Temp 49 to 84 F
Oct Temp 29 to 58 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Station BOZEMAN 12 NE
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 24 to 49 F
Jul Temp 41 to 75 F
Oct Temp 27 to 54 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belgrade 7,738 $58,662
Livingston 7,136 $57,014
Manhattan 1,191 $67,083

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bozeman Public Libraries

Bozeman Public Library
Bozeman, Montana
(406) 582-2402
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Bozeman Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(406) 585-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bozeman High Schools

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Serves 1,842 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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