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West Yellowstone, Montana

 

West Yellowstone, Montana

West Yellowstone
Town
Yellowstone Avenue in winter
Yellowstone Avenue in winter
Official seal of West Yellowstone
Seal
Location of West Yellowstone within Gallatin County
Location of West Yellowstone within Gallatin County
Country
United States
State
Montana
County Gallatin
First Settled November 12, 1907
Incorporated June 6, 1966
Founded by E.H. Harriman
Named for Yellowstone National Park
Government[1]
 • Mayor Jerry Johnson
 • Deputy Mayor Brad Schmier
Area
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Land 0.80 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 6,667 ft (2,032 m)
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 59758
Area code(s) 406

West Yellowstone is a town in Gallatin County, Montana, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. The population was 1,271 at the 2010 census. The town is served by Yellowstone Airport. It is part of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area. It was founded in June 1908 when the Oregon Short Line Railroad was completed. The town's name changed several times until West Yellowstone was settled upon in 1920.[2]

For many, the town of West Yellowstone is a place to stay while traveling through Yellowstone National Park. The town is separated into two parts, residential and commercial, roughly at the road D Parkway. South of D Parkway (Alley) is mainly a business area; north of it is an area of homes and apartments. The area north of D Parkway is known to locals as the "Madison Addition". The town has one school, serving kindergarten through 12th grade.[3]

Contents

  • Demographics 1
    • 2010 census 1.1
    • 2000 census 1.2
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Tourism 3
  • Radio 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 1,271 people, 617 households, and 298 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,588.8 inhabitants per square mile (613.4/km2). There were 969 housing units at an average density of 1,211.3 per square mile (467.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.6% White, 0.4% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 7.5% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.9% of the population.

There were 617 households, of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.7% were non-families. 42.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06, and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the town was 39.4 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,177 people, 518 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,458.9 inhabitants per square mile (563.3/km2). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 999.0 per square mile (385.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.93% White, 0.34% African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 4.84% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.73% of the population.

There were 518 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 123.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,703, and the median income for a family was $37,250. Males had a median income of $24,297 versus $20,909 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,136. About 9.1% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Geography

West Yellowstone is located at (44.662500, -111.105933).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.80 square miles (2.07 km2), all of it land.[9]

West Yellowstone, Eagle's store, 1939

Climate

At almost 7,000 feet above sea level and almost exactly halfway between the equator and north pole, West Yellowstone experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) with cold, sometimes bitterly cold winters, and brief but generally warm summers. During summer, the average low is 41 °F (5 °C) and the average high is 78 °F (26 °C). During the winter, the average low is 1 °F (−17 °C), and the average high is 24 °F (−4 °C).[10] West Yellowstone also holds the record low for the lower 48 of any community at −66 °F (−54 °C), although Rogers Pass, Montana is colder, at −70 °F (−57 °C), however, the December record low of −59 °F (−51 °C) is the monthly record low for the lower 48.

Climate data for West Yellowstone
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 47
(8)
56
(13)
61
(16)
76
(24)
88
(31)
93
(34)
97
(36)
96
(36)
91
(33)
83
(28)
64
(18)
54
(12)
97
(36)
Average high °F (°C) 24.1
(−4.4)
30.5
(−0.8)
38.3
(3.5)
47.8
(8.8)
58.7
(14.8)
69.4
(20.8)
78.8
(26)
77.9
(25.5)
66.9
(19.4)
52.3
(11.3)
33.8
(1)
24.1
(−4.4)
52.8
(11.6)
Average low °F (°C) 1.3
(−17.1)
4.0
(−15.6)
12.9
(−10.6)
21.6
(−5.8)
29.7
(−1.3)
36.8
(2.7)
41.5
(5.3)
38.5
(3.6)
30.0
(−1.1)
22.8
(−5.1)
11.9
(−11.2)
1.0
(−17.2)
27.6
(−2.4)
Record low °F (°C) −63
(−53)
−66
(−54)
−43
(−42)
−26
(−32)
−4
(−20)
18
(−8)
20
(−7)
15
(−9)
−9
(−23)
−20
(−29)
−38
(−39)
−59
(−51)
−66
(−54)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.96
(49.8)
1.77
(45)
1.87
(47.5)
1.51
(38.4)
2.19
(55.6)
2.21
(56.1)
1.84
(46.7)
1.36
(34.5)
1.47
(37.3)
1.30
(33)
2.01
(51.1)
2.30
(58.4)
21.79
(553.4)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 32.9
(83.6)
26.6
(67.6)
23.3
(59.2)
10.7
(27.2)
3.3
(8.4)
0.6
(1.5)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
1.1
(2.8)
7.3
(18.5)
22.9
(58.2)
31.4
(79.8)
160.2
(407.1)
Source: Weatherbase,[11] Western Regional Climate Center (snow only)[12]

Tourism

Due to its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, the town receives a large amount of tourism, especially from China. To cater to these tourists, the town has commercial signage in Mandarin, three different Chinese restaurants, and a shooting range known as Yellowstone Big Gun Fun that was constructed to serve the tourists. It is estimated to receive more than half its annual business from Chinese tourists.[13]

Radio

KWYS (AM), broadcasing at 920 kHz, locally owned by Radio West, LLC. is located in and licensed to West Yellowstone. KMWY-FM 96.3 Radio Airwaves Montana System

See also

Angling in Yellowstone National Park

References

  1. ^ http://www.townofwestyellowstone.com/government/council/
  2. ^ Davis, Seabring (Fall 2008). "Local Knowledge - Eagle's Curio Store". Big Sky Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  3. ^ "West Yellowstone School". Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Moffatt, Riley (1996). Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990.  
  6. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010" (txt).  
  10. ^ "Monthly Averages for West Yellowstone, MT".  
  11. ^ "West Yellowstone, Montana". Weatherbase.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  12. ^ "West Yellowstone, Montana Climate Summary". Western Regional Climate Center. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  13. ^ "A New Yellowstone Tourist Attraction". BBC World. June 19, 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

External links

  • Town of West Yellowstone
  • West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center
  • Gallatin County Emergency Management
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