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Dodson, Montana
Location of Dodson, Montana
Location of Dodson, Montana
Dodson, Montana is located in the United States
Dodson, Montana
Dodson, Montana
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Montana
County Phillips
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,287 ft (697 m)
 • Total 125
 • Density 735.29/sq mi (290.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-21025
GNIS feature ID 0770687

Dodson is a town in Phillips County, Montana, United States. The population was 125 at the 2020 census.


Dodson was named after a merchant who operated a trading post and saloon there before the Great Northern Railway came through. The first post office was established in 1891.


Dodson is located at 48°23′43″N 108°14′45″W / 48.39528°N 108.24583°W / 48.39528; -108.24583 (48.395327, -108.245906).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 365
1930 249 −31.8%
1940 397 59.4%
1950 330 −16.9%
1960 313 −5.2%
1970 196 −37.4%
1980 158 −19.4%
1990 137 −13.3%
2000 122 −10.9%
2010 124 1.6%
2020 125 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 124 people, 49 households, and 32 families residing in the town. The population density was 652.6 inhabitants per square mile (252.0/km2). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 373.7 per square mile (144.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 41.9% White, 49.2% Native American, 2.4% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.

There were 49 households, of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the town was 35.5 years. 32.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 15.2% were from 45 to 64; and 24.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 54.8% male and 45.2% female.


Dodson is the location of the Phillips County Fair, which claims to be the longest-running fair in Montana.


Dodson School District educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Dodson High School's team name is the Coyotes.

Phillips County Library has a branch location in Dodson.

See also

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