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Hot Springs, Montana
Motto(s): 
"Limp in, Leap out"
Location of Hot Springs, Montana
Location of Hot Springs, Montana
Coordinates: 47°36′32″N 114°40′19″W / 47.60889°N 114.67194°W / 47.60889; -114.67194Coordinates: 47°36′32″N 114°40′19″W / 47.60889°N 114.67194°W / 47.60889; -114.67194
Country United States
State Montana
County Sanders
Area
 • Total 0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Land 0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,841 ft (866 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 557
 • Density 1,465.79/sq mi (562.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59845
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-37825
GNIS feature ID 0772580
Website townofhotspringsmt.com

Hot Springs is a town on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Sanders County, Montana, United States. The population was 557 at the 2020 census. Founded in 1910, it was incorporated in 1929.

Previously it was known as both Camas and Camas Hot Springs for the camas plant that grows abundantly in the region.

Geography

Hot Springs is located at 47°36′32″N 114°40′19″W / 47.60889°N 114.67194°W / 47.60889; -114.67194 (47.608957, -114.672063).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2), all of it land.

It is located near several mineral hot springs, from which the town derives its name.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 447
1940 663 48.3%
1950 733 10.6%
1960 585 −20.2%
1970 664 13.5%
1980 601 −9.5%
1990 411 −31.6%
2000 531 29.2%
2010 544 2.4%
2020 557 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 544 people, 297 households, and 108 families living in the town. The population density was 1,431.6 inhabitants per square mile (552.7/km2). There were 392 housing units at an average density of 1,031.6 per square mile (398.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 77.8% White, 0.6% African American, 9.9% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 9.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 297 households, of which 17.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 22.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 63.6% were non-families. 55.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.72 and the average family size was 2.64.

The median age in the town was 54 years. 15.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.7% were from 25 to 44; 37% were from 45 to 64; and 26.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Culture

Hot Springs is popular to visitors for its hot springs pools where people come and soak in the mineral water.

Another big attraction is the "Hot Springs Artists Society" which does many things but is most noted for bringing musical groups to a local Hotel at least twice per week, Fridays and Saturdays. The music genres are generally "Blues," "Folk," "Country" or some combination of all three from local and visiting artists. Occasionally there are special concerts of artists which may include a special concert on Sunday. In summer, the stage moves outdoors.

Transportation

The Hot Springs Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Hot Springs.

Additional transportation, ground transportation, is available from Sanders County Transportation which operates shuttle vans and buses to and from several cities and towns in Sanders, Flathead and Missoula Counties. From Hot Springs, "Hot Springs Transit" (Sanders County Transportation) will take adults (any age) from their home to Missoula, Kalispell, Plains, Polson, and Thompson Falls, Montana on specific days each week. Hot Springs Transit also takes riders from their home to other places in Hot Springs (rider's choices) ~ 4 times per month. Other local transportation may be available on request. Hot Springs Transit is coordinated by Sanders County Council for the aging in Hot Springs.

Education

Hot Springs School District educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Hot Springs High School's team name is Savage Heat.

Preston Hot Springs Library serves the area.

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