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Ravalli, Montana
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Location of Ravalli, Montana
Location of Ravalli, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Lake
 • Total 2.64 sq mi (6.84 km2)
 • Land 2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
2,717 ft (828 m)
 • Total 76
 • Density 29/sq mi (11.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-61075
GNIS feature ID 0775601

Ravalli (Salish: sk̓ʷɫólqʷe, sk̓ʷɫʔó) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, Montana, United States. The population was 76 at the 2010 census, down from 119 in 2000. At one time Charlie Allard, the country's leading expert on breeding bison, owned the country's largest herd of buffalo in Ravalli.


A post office called Ravalli was established in 1887, and remained in operation until 1983. The community was named for Antonio Ravalli, a missionary to the Indians.


Ravalli is located at 47°16′25″N 114°10′42″W / 47.27361°N 114.17833°W / 47.27361; -114.17833 (47.273710, -114.178334).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ravalli has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


As of the census of 2000, there were 119 people, 48 households, and 30 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 44.8 people per square mile (17.3/km2). There were 52 housing units at an average density of 19.6 per square mile (7.6/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.43% White, 27.73% Native American, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.72% of the population.

There were 48 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,750, and the median income for a family was $29,688. Males had a median income of $4,750 versus $32,708 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,094. There were 16.0% of families and 24.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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