Census: Migration inflow to MT jumps 8%

David Erickson

Montana’s getting a little more popular with out-of-staters.

In 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that there were 48,165 new residents that moved here from other places, an 8.1% increase from the 44,531 new residents that came in 2021.

Washington topped the list of states where new Montana residents came from in 2022, according to newly released census data.

About 5,225 people moved here from the Evergreen State last year, according to the federal government.

Another 4,660 people moved here from California last year. That’s more than twice as many who came from California in 2021. However, in 2022, Idaho saw a gain of 26,887 new residents from California.

Meanwhile, 3,440 people came to Montana from Colorado, 3,691 came from Oregon and 2,570 people came from Utah. Another 2,885 moved here from foreign countries.

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Montana has about 1,122,867 residents, and about 573,111 of them were born in the state. Coming in at No. 2 for place of birth in Montana is, again, Washington at about 45,000.

Bryce Ward, an economist and consultant in Montana who often studies census data trends, said the government won’t release more detailed statistics

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