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Pinesdale, Montana
Location of Pinesdale, Montana
Location of Pinesdale, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Ravalli
 • Total 1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,970 ft (1,210 m)
 • Total 805
 • Density 619.23/sq mi (239.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-57700
GNIS feature ID 0794602

Pinesdale is a town in Ravalli County, Montana, United States. The population was 805 at the 2020 census.

The town was incorporated in 1980. It was settled in the early 1960s by fundamentalist Mormons, who selected its secluded location for the privacy.


Pinesdale is located at 46°20′3″N 114°13′22″W / 46.33417°N 114.22278°W / 46.33417; -114.22278 (46.334272, -114.222895).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 670
2000 742 10.7%
2010 917 23.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 917 people, 178 households, and 163 families living in the town. The population density was 705.4 inhabitants per square mile (272.4/km2). There were 194 housing units at an average density of 149.2 per square mile (57.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% from other races, and 0.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 178 households, of which 74.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 30.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 8.4% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.15 and the average family size was 5.44.

The median age in the town was 16.1 years. 55.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.6% were from 25 to 44; 10.5% were from 45 to 64; and 4.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


The majority of the residents of Pinesdale are members of the Apostolic United Brethren. The community once included Alex Joseph, who later became the first Libertarian mayor in the United States.

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