May 15, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 20

Growth Outlook Depends On Iffy Oil

Could Be Modest, Could Be More; Uncertainty Rests With The Bakken

A new study released by the Montana Department of Commerce predicts that Valley County will experience modest population growth in the decades ahead, and then decline slightly to about present-day levels by 2060.

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From the estimated 2012 population of 7,604, the numbers will rise to a peak of 8,188 in 2028. This is almost exactly what the population of Valley County was in 1990. Then, just as gradually, the numbers will decline to 7,813 in 2060. The whole change is 584 people.

The Census and Economic Information Center (CEIC) within the Department of Commerce released population projections...

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