West Yellowstone, Montana
West Yellowstone is a town in Gallatin County
Gallatin County, Montana
-National protected areas:* Gallatin National Forest * Yellowstone National Park -Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 67,831 people, 26,323 households, and 16,188 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile . There were 29,489 housing units...

, Montana
Montana is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller, "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name,...

, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho...

. The population was 1,177 at the 2000 census. The town is served by Yellowstone Airport
Yellowstone Airport
Yellowstone Airport is a state-owned public-use airport located one nautical mile north of the central business district of West Yellowstone, a town in Gallatin County, Montana, United States. This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, which...

. It is part of the 'Bozeman Micropolitan Statistical Area'


West Yellowstone is located at 44°39′45"N 111°6′21"W (44.662500, -111.105933).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


At almost 7,000 feet above sea level and almost exactly halfway between the equator and north pole, West Yellowstone experiences a subarctic climate
Subarctic climate
The subarctic climate is a climate characterized by long, usually very cold winters, and short, cool to mild summers. It is found on large landmasses, away from the moderating effects of an ocean, generally at latitudes from 50° to 70°N poleward of the humid continental climates...

 (Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
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 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 (25.6 °C). During the winter, the average low is 1 °F (-17.2 °C), and the average high is 24 °F (-4.4 °C).. West Yellowstone also holds the record low for the lower 48 of any community at -66 °F, although Rogers Pass, Montana
Rogers Pass (Montana)
Rogers Pass rises above sea level and is located on the continental divide in the U.S. state of Montana. The pass is adjacent to Helena National Forest and is traversed by Montana Highway 200. Wide shoulders provide parking for those wishing to hike the Continental Divide Trail...

 is colder, at -70 °F, however, the December record low of -59 °F is the monthly record low for the lower 48.



As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,177 people, 518 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,458.9 people per square mile (561.0/km²). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 999.0 per square mile (384.2/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
Race (United States Census)
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, 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
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 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
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 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.


  • KWYS (AM)
    KWYS (AM)
    KWYS is a radio station licensed to serve West Yellowstone, Montana. The station is owned by Radio West, LLC. It airs an Oldies music format.The stations studios are located at 303 Canyon Street, in West Yellowstone...

    , locally owned by Radio West, LLC. is located in and licensed to West Yellowstone.

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