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Panorama of Poplar
Panorama of Poplar
Location of Poplar, Montana
Location of Poplar, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Roosevelt
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,991 ft (607 m)
 • Total 758
 • Density 2,707.14/sq mi (1,052.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406 Exchange: 768
FIPS code 30-58975
GNIS feature ID 0775362
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Poplar is a city in Roosevelt County, Montana, United States. The population was 758 at the 2020 census.

The U.S. Army constructed Camp Poplar here in the 1870s to oversee the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Poplar became reservation headquarters after the military abandoned the camp in 1893.


Poplar is located at 48°6′34″N 105°11′42″W / 48.10944°N 105.19500°W / 48.10944; -105.19500 (48.109474, -105.194891).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.28 square miles (0.73 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,152
1930 1,046 −9.2%
1940 1,442 37.9%
1950 1,169 −18.9%
1960 1,565 33.9%
1970 1,389 −11.2%
1980 995 −28.4%
1990 881 −11.5%
2000 911 3.4%
2010 810 −11.1%
2020 758 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 810 people, 313 households, and 196 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,892.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,117.0/km2). There were 352 housing units at an average density of 1,257.1 per square mile (485.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 25.2% White, 71.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 313 households, of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.3% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 12.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% 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 city was 31.2 years. 30.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 8.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.



Poplar Public Schools, District 9/2B, is the second largest public school system on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation with a total enrollment of 824 students for the 2006-2007 school year. Poplar Public Schools operates elementary, middle, and junior/senior high schools. Poplar High School's team name is the Indians.

Old Fort Peck Agency
Old Fort Peck Agency building, Poplar, Montana


Poplar is home to the main campus of Fort Peck Community College. A branch campus is located in Wolf Point, Montana.


The James E. Shanley Tribal Library is an affiliate of Roosevelt County Library and available to all county patrons.



U.S. Route 2, a major east-west route across the northern tier of states, connects Poplar with other Hi-line communities in Montana and North Dakota. The Poplar Municipal Airport provides for light aircraft and general aviation on a single 4,400 feet (1,341 m) runway. Amtrak serves Wolf Point, approximately 20 miles west.

Medical facilities

The Indian Health Service (IHS) operates the Vern E. Gibbs Health Center through its Fort Peck Service Unit. The health center provides ambulatory, dialysis, and preventive health services. The IHS contracts with Northeast Montana Health Services (NEMHS) which operates Poplar Community Hospital, a critical access hospital with an emergency room, swingbed unit, pharmacy, 22-bed inpatient facility for inpatient services, as well as the Riverside Clinic, and hospital and clinic in Wolf Point, Montana. Poplar has a BLS and ALS ambulance staffed by first responders and EMTs. The ambulance service averages 4.5 calls a day.

Notable residents

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