Virginia City, Montana

Submit your own pictures of this town and show them to the world

  • OSM Map
  • General Map
  • Google Map
  • MSN Map
Population in 2019: 216 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +66.2%
Males: 110  (51.0%)
Females: 106  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

61.3 years
Montana median age:

40.5 years

Zip code: 59755

Estimated median household income in 2019: $50,036 (it was $30,000 in 2000)
Virginia City:

$50,036
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $44,600 (it was $19,182 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $224,237 (it was $82,000 in 2000)
Virginia City:

$224,237
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $219,180; detached houses: $218,539

Median gross rent in 2019: $1,025.

March 2019 cost of living index in Virginia City: 92.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 22.1%
(19.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
  • Races in Virginia City, MT (2019)
    • 18990.4%White alone
    • 94.3%Hispanic
    • 62.9%Two or more races
    • 21.0%Asian alone
Recent articles from our blog. Our writers, many of them Ph.D. graduates or candidates, create easy-to-read articles on a wide variety of topics.
Virginia City, MT forum
Recent posts about Virginia City, Montana on our local forum with over 2,200,000 registered users. Virginia City is mentioned 126 times on our forum:
Visiting Montana  (10 replies)
Relocate for work from Ore to Butte, cautiously optimistic  (36 replies)
My Last Trip in the USA: Bozeman! Suggestions?  (20 replies)
Recomendations to relocate to Montana  (14 replies)
Things to do in Bozeman in November  (4 replies)
First time visiting Montana - Need lots of suggestions/recommendations  (5 replies)

Latest news from Virginia City, MT collected exclusively by city-data.com from local newspapers, TV, and radio stations

Ancestries: Irish (22.9%), British (21.7%), German (8.4%), American (6.0%), Polish (4.8%), English (3.6%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Incorporated in 1864

Elevation: 5822 feet

Land area: 0.93 square miles.

Population density: 233 people per square mile   (very low).

Virginia City, Montana map

14 residents are foreign born (2.4% Africa, 1.9% Oceania, 1.4% Latin America).

This town:

6.7%
Montana:

2.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,035 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $994 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Idaho Falls, ID (124.7 miles , pop. 50,730).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (512.5 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (813.8 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Alder, MT (2.9 miles),
Ennis, MT (3.3 miles ),
Madison Valley, MT (3.8 miles ),
Sheridan, MT (4.1 miles ),
Pony, MT (5.0 miles),
Twin Bridges, MT (5.1 miles ),
Harrison, MT (5.4 miles),
Big Sky, MT (5.6 miles )

Latitude: 45.29 N, Longitude: 111.94 W

Area code: 406

Distribution of median household income in Virginia City, MT in 2019
Distribution of house value in Virginia City, MT in 2019

Virginia City satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.4%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in Virginia City, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (17.8%)
  • Construction (17.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Public administration (8.2%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (6.8%)
  • Health care (5.5%)
  • Other direct selling establishments (4.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (27.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (21.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.6%)
  • Public administration (8.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.4%)
  • Wood products (4.3%)
  • Truck transportation (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (15.4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (11.5%)
  • Other direct selling establishments (11.5%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (11.5%)
  • Social assistance (11.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.7%)
  • Public administration (7.7%)
Most common occupations in Virginia City, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Carpenters (12.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (6.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.8%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Carpenters (19.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (17.0%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (10.6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.6%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6.4%)
  • Top executives (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (19.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.7%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (7.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (7.7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7.7%)
  • Architects, surveyors, and cartographers (7.7%)

Average climate in Virginia City, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Virginia City, Montana average temperatures Virginia City, Montana average precipitation Virginia City, Montana humidity Virginia City, Montana wind speed Virginia City, Montana snowfall Virginia City, Montana sunshine Virginia City, Montana clear and cloudy days

Earthquake activity:

Virginia City-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 1091% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 80.6 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 124.3 miles away from Virginia City center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 72.9 miles away from Virginia City center
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi) earthquake occurred 165.9 miles away from Virginia City center
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 31.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 434.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Madison County (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 2, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Virginia City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Virginia City:

  • MADISON VALLEY MANOR (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; ENNIS, MT)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Virginia City:

  • Montana State University (about 51 miles; Bozeman, MT; Full-time enrollment: 12,942)
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho (about 103 miles; Rexburg, ID; FT enrollment: 30,522)
  • The University of Montana (about 147 miles; Missoula, MT; FT enrollment: 13,602)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 170 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 4,319)
  • Idaho State University (about 170 miles; Pocatello, ID; FT enrollment: 10,350)
  • College of Southern Idaho (about 227 miles; Twin Falls, ID; FT enrollment: 5,051)
  • Boise State University (about 241 miles; Boise, ID; FT enrollment: 16,774)

Library in Virginia City:

  • THOMPSON-HICKMAN COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $90,594; Location: 217 IDAHO STREET; 5,373 books; 9,111 e-books; 235 audio materials; 1,365 video materials; 56 state licensed databases; 28 other licensed databases; 26 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

Click to draw/clear town borders

Notable locations in Virginia City: Virginia City Campground (A), Virginia City Volunteer Fire Department (B), Madison County Sheriff's Department (C), Thompson-Hickman County Library (D), Thompson-Hickman Museum (E), Ranks Drug Store Museum (F), J Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum (G), Madison County Courthouse (H), Virginia City Volunteer Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Virginia City: Saint Paul Episcopal Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Virginia City Cemetery (1), Boothill Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Virginia City: Virginia City Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Frontier Clothing (Tours & Charters; 211 West Wallace), Gold Rush Adventures (Tours & Charters; 211 West Wallace).

Hotel: Fairweather Inn & Nevada City Hotel (305 West Wallace).

Madison County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

1.9 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

53.9%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

2.0%
Whole state:

6.7%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Virginia City:

Marital status in Virginia City, MT
  • Never married: 17.6%
  • Now married: 55.2%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 16.5%

For population 25 years and over in Virginia City:

  • High school or higher: 93.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.1%
  • Unemployed: 3.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Montana average:

9.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Virginia City, MT (based on Madison County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic6004
Mainline Protestant5156
Other4104
Evangelical Protestant3959
None5,771-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Madison County:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Madison County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

4.05 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Madison County:

29.71 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Madison County:

6.7%
State:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.4%
Montana:

23.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.4%
Montana:

51.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

50.4%
Montana:

50.3%

Average BMI:
Virginia City:

29.7
Montana:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.2%
Montana:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.3%
Montana:

9.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Montana:

6.9

Overweight people:
This city:

46.7%
State:

34.8%

General health condition:
Virginia City:

56.6%
Montana:

58.6%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.4%
Montana:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Virginia City, MT Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Water Supply 1$3,100$37,2000$0
Financial Administration 1$3,534$42,4080$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$1,599
Totals for Government 2$6,634$39,8041$1,599

Virginia City government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $108,000 ($500.00)
    Sewerage: $88,000 ($407.41)
    Central Staff Services: $88,000 ($407.41)
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000 ($254.63)
    Regular Highways: $28,000 ($129.63)
    General Public Buildings: $22,000 ($101.85)
    Local Fire Protection: $9,000 ($41.67)
    Libraries: $2,000 ($9.26)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($4.63)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,000 ($32.41)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $77,000 ($356.48)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($4.63)

Virginia City government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $134,000 ($620.37)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($13.89)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $109,000 ($504.63)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $37,000 ($171.30)
    Highways: $14,000 ($64.81)
  • Tax - Property: $131,000 ($606.48)
    Other Selective Sales: $96,000 ($444.44)
    Other License: $7,000 ($32.41)

Virginia City government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $524,000 ($2425.93)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $457,000 ($2115.74)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,000 ($310.19)

Virginia City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $795,000 ($3680.56)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,000 ($407.41)

8.74% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($62,507 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.74%
Montana average:

7.25%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Gallatin County, MT  1.79% ($56,912 average AGI)


7.19% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,120 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.19%
Montana average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Gallatin County, MT  1.98% ($48,500 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Virginia City:

  • KGVW (640 AM; 10 kW; BELGRADE, MT; Owner: GALLATIN VALLEY WITNESS, INC.)
  • KBOW (550 AM; 5 kW; BUTTE, MT; Owner: BUTTE BROADCASTING INCORPORATED)
  • KBOZ (1090 AM; 5 kW; BOZEMAN, MT; Owner: REIER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXTL (1370 AM; 5 kW; BUTTE, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KKGR (680 AM; daytime; 5 kW; EAST HELENA, MT; Owner: KKGR, INC.)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KALL (700 AM; 50 kW; NORTH SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KZNR (690 AM; 10 kW; BLACKFOOT, ID; Owner: WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KWEI (1260 AM; 50 kW; WEISER, ID; Owner: TREASURE VALLEY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KDBM (1490 AM; 1 kW; DILLON, MT; Owner: DEAD-AIR BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KMTX (950 AM; 5 kW; HELENA, MT; Owner: CAPRI, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Virginia City:

  • K210BF (89.9 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KAPC (91.3 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA)
  • KOPR (94.1 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: BUTTE BROADCASTING INCORPORATED)
  • KMBR (95.5 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • K213CJ (90.5 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: MONTANA CHRISTIAN RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KAAR (92.5 FM; BUTTE, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • K240CI (95.9 FM; BIG SKY, MT; Owner: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS)
  • K288ES (105.5 FM; BIG SKY, MT; Owner: REIER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Virginia City:

  • K10HL (Channel 10; VIRGINIA CITY, MT; Owner: EAGLE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Virginia City fatal accident list:

Jun 15, 1979 10:00 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Aug 10, 1978 06:00 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 3ft / 1.2mTotal length
  • 1,338Total average daily traffic
  • 53Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,438Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KF7WCI, Licensee ID: L01713899, Grant Date: 05/31/2012, Expiration Date: 05/31/2022, Certifier: Richard J Zimmer Iv, Registrant: Richard J Zimmer Iv, Virginia City, MT 59755

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Virginia City, MT
  • 46.8%Wood
  • 40.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.3%Other fuel
  • 2.5%Utility gas
  • 2.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.3%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Virginia City, MT
  • 68.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 25.0%Electricity
  • 6.3%Wood


Virginia City compared to Montana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
There are no pilots and 1 other airmen in this city.
Cost of Living Calculator