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Charlo, Montana
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Location of Charlo, Montana
Location of Charlo, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Lake
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
2,936 ft (895 m)
 • Total 439
 • Density 219.4/sq mi (84.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-13900
GNIS feature ID 0769768

Charlo (Salish: sallu ) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, Montana, United States. The population was 439 at the 2000 census.


Charlo is located at 47°26′24″N 114°10′23″W / 47.44°N 114.17306°W / 47.44; -114.17306 (47.440017, -114.173171).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.

Charlo is a part of the Flathead Indian Reservation.


At the 2000 census, there were 439 people, 166 households and 112 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 219.4 per square mile (84.7/km²). There were 175 housing units at an average density of 87.5 per square mile (33.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.77% White, 1.14% African American, 17.77% Native American, 2.05% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

There were 166 households of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.22.

36.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median household income was $24,167 and the median family income was $32,500. Males had a median income of $25,577 and females $17,250. The per capita income was $10,687. About 16.0% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Town events

Each year, residents of Charlo host a 4 July parade and cookout along Main Street (Highway 212). Regular participants include local equestrian units, Charlo 'all school' alumni, representatives from all branches of military service, and the local fire department.


Charlo borders several protected areas, including the Herak Waterfowl Production area and Ninepipes Reservoir. These protected areas, along with seasonal flood irrigation provide habitats for various native fauna such as white tail deer, pheasants, bald eagles, and western painted turtles.

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