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Bridger, Montana
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Location of Bridger, Montana
Location of Bridger, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Carbon
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)
 • Land 0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,665 ft (1,117 m)
 • Total 662
 • Density 827.50/sq mi (321.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-09475
GNIS feature ID 0802058

Bridger is a town in Carbon County, Montana, United States. It is part of the Billings, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 662 at the 2020 census.

The town of Bridger was named for the scout Jim Bridger. Residents originally wanted to name the town after George Town, one of the original settlers, but Town encouraged residents to name the newly founded town after his old friend Jim Bridger. The Bridger Trail passes to the southeast of the town of Bridger.


Bridger is located at 45°17′40″N 108°54′59″W / 45.29444°N 108.91639°W / 45.29444; -108.91639 (45.294337, -108.916421).

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. The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River runs through the eastern part of the town.


The Bridger Post Office was officially established on October 29, 1898 with Jno. M. Babcock as the town's first postmaster.

In December 2014, construction began on a large wind farm, Mud Springs Wind Ranch, with 120 wind turbines, at a site 12 miles southeast of Bridger.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bridger has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 514
1920 679 32.1%
1930 567 −16.5%
1940 783 38.1%
1950 854 9.1%
1960 824 −3.5%
1970 717 −13.0%
1980 724 1.0%
1990 692 −4.4%
2000 745 7.7%
2010 708 −5.0%
2020 662 −6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 708 people, 315 households, and 195 families living in the town. The population density was 885.0 inhabitants per square mile (341.7/km2). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 433.8 per square mile (167.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.5% White, 0.1% African American, 2.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 315 households, of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the town was 45.7 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


Bridger Public Schools provides education from kindergarten through 12th grade. They are known as the Scouts. Bridger High School is a Class C school.

Bridger Public Library serves the town.

Notable person

Bridger monument 2
Jim Bridger monument in Bridger, Montana

See also

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