- Overall, Gallatin County’s economy is performing well. From 2001-2016, Gallatin County’s employment increased by 55 percent while total real personal income increased by 111 percent. Compared to Montana, Gallatin County’s real per capita income grew 12 percent faster.
- As Gallatin County’s economy diversifies, all sectors of the economy are growing, except farm.
- Since 1990, Gallatin County has lost more open space than any other county in Montana.
Gallatin County Is Growing Faster Than Montana
From 2001–2016, Gallatin County’s population, employment, total real personal income, and real per capita income increased substantially faster than Montana as a whole.
Gallatin County’s high quality of life and natural amenities attract entrepreneurs, workers, retirees, and tourists. While the economy diversifies, the rapid pace of growth threatens the open space and natural amenities that draw and keep people here.
Gallatin County’s Population Has Doubled Since 1990
All Sectors of the Economy Are Growing Except Farm
Gallatin County Created More Than One-Quarter of All New Jobs
Gallatin County Has Many Factors That Indicate Likely Future Growth
Growth Threatens Open Space
Since 1990, 15 percent of all Montana homes were built in Gallatin County. From 1990 to 2016, 93,440 acres were converted from open space to sprawl — large lot (10+ acres) residential development.
Open Space: Key to Gallatin County’s Quality of Life
Population and demographic statistics from U.S. Department of Commerce. 2017. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office, Washington, D.C.
Job and economic statistics from U.S. Department of Commerce. 2017. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts, Washington, D.C.
Airport flight information from: https://bozemanairport.com/
MSU enrollment data from: http://montana.edu/opa/facts/headhist.html