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Red Lodge is a small city located in and the county seat of Carbon County, Montana. It has two neighborhoods and is the 35th largest community in the state. It is part of the Billings Metropolitan Area. The city has a mayor/council form of city government and a continental climate which encourages lots of outdoor activities. It is a wealthy community compared to state standards and an upper-middle income community compared to national economic standards. It is also a very well-educated community, nearly 39% of adults over the age of 25 have four-year degrees or higher. This is well above the national education average for U.S. communities. It is fairly diverse both racially and ethnically, the largest segment of the population identifying as Caucasian and the next largest group identifying as African American. Common ancestries include German, Irish, English, Norwegian and Scottish. English is the #1 spoken language, followed by Italian and Polish.
The city spans approximately 2.8 square miles of land area. The city has a mixed workforce where neither white nor blue-collar work is predominant. Interestingly, over 9% of the workforce works from home, the majority of these workers telecommute. The average commute time for those who must leave their homes for work is only about 16 minutes. In 2014, the population was 2,215. In 2016, the estimated median household income in Red Lodge was $43,554 and the per capita income was $29,769. In the same year, the estimated median house or condo value was $247,871 and the median gross rent was $883. And finally, in 2017, the estimated population had risen to 2,286 and the population density was approximated at about 760 people per square mile.
Gold and coal were both found in the area in its early history and this began to draw settlers from the east and across the globe. A treaty in 1880 allowed settlers to begin to move into the area. Most of these settlers came from Europe though not all, they came from Italy, Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and more. The Red Lodge post office was established in 1884 and the town grew quickly. In these early days there were many saloons and Red Lodge was a raucous and dangerous community. However, these days did not last long, the mines closed and the Great Depression hit the area hard. The local economy came to depend on the production and sales of bootleg liquor. The reawakening of the area began in 1931, as construction began on Beartooth Highway that would connect Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park. Since then, the community has flourished developing into a great tourist destination and comfortable community.
Red Lodge has three wonderful schools that cover students k-12. These schools are Mountain View Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School and Red Lodge High School. The city is well-known for its outdoor recreational options, like hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing and more. Red Lodge is also the home of the Peaks to Prairie Triathlon. Homes for sale in the community range from cozy cottages up through sprawling family homes. Other real estate options include apartments, condos and more for lease or rent. To begin your home search in Red Lodge, call local real estate agent JENNIE GROSHELLE today at Call 406-672-7751
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