Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions. We inform community decision-making and identify practical solutions by making complex data understandable, beautiful, and interactive, helping develop solutions to some of the most urgent and important issues that communities face.
Based in Bozeman and Helena, Montana, Headwaters Economics receives funding from a wide variety of sources as part of our mission to improve community development and land management decisions. Our revenue comes from numerous places, including contracts with federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service; charitable foundations; and contract work for partner organizations.
Where we work
Headwaters Economics’ tools and data are used by federal and state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and charitable foundations. Our work spans the country, from rural counties to large metropolitan cities.
Our Products & Services
We inform community decision-making and identify practical solutions by making complex data understandable, beautiful, and interactive.
We synthesize our economic analyses in easy-to-read, beautifully laid out reports.
Building a Wildfire-Resistant Home: Codes and Costs
A new home built to wildfire-resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost as a typical home.
Our tools provide customized reports of key demographic and economic indicators.
Bureau of Land Management Socioeconomic Profiles
Download socioeconomic reports for states and counties near Bureau of Land Management units.
We create interactive dashboards and visualizations to tell a socioeconomic story.
Measuring Whitefish Trail Use
Outdoor recreation and the economic impact of Whitefish Trail use in Whitefish, Montana.
Recent Media Coverage
The Daily YonderFederal Grant Requirements Make it Hard for Rural Communities to Prepare for Climate Change
Montana StandardPowell County and Deer Lodge focus on jobs and housing
KUNC‘Where is this money going to come from’: Local match rules keep rural communities from federal grants
Headwaters Economics’ team brings decades of expertise, a commitment to rigorous research, and a deep dedication to helping communities thrive in a changing world.
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