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Hays, Montana

Coordinates: 47°59′21″N 108°39′38″W / 47.98917°N 108.66056°W / 47.98917; -108.66056
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Hays, Montana
Location of Hays, Montana
Location of Hays, Montana
Coordinates: 47°59′21″N 108°39′38″W / 47.98917°N 108.66056°W / 47.98917; -108.66056
CountryUnited States
 • Total27.10 sq mi (70.18 km2)
 • Land27.10 sq mi (70.18 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation3,934 ft (1,199 m)
 • Total996
 • Density36.76/sq mi (14.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code406
FIPS code30-35275
GNIS feature ID2408362[2]

Hays is a census-designated place (CDP) in Blaine County, Montana, United States. The population was 843 at the 2010 census.[3] The community lies within the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, near the reservation's southern end. The nearby community of Lodge Pole lies to the east.

The town was named for Major Hays.[4] The Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions built St. Paul's Mission Church at Hays in 1887.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 27.1 square miles (70.1 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 702 people, 188 households, and 153 families residing in the CDP. This rose to 843 in the 2010 census and 996 in 2020. The 2000 population density was 53.9 inhabitants per square mile (20.8/km2). There were 207 housing units at an average density of 15.9 per square mile (6.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 5.27% White, 94.59% Native American, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

While Hays is located on a reservation belonging to both Assiniboine people and Gros Ventre people, the community itself is primarily inhabited by Gros Ventre, while nearby Lodge Pole is home to Assiniboine people.[7]

There were 188 households, out of which 51.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 30.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.71 and the average family size was 4.16.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 44.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 12.3% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $17,000, and the median income for a family was $20,000. Males had a median income of $25,250 versus $21,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,489. About 44.1% of families and 50.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 60.0% of those under age 18 and 48.8% of those age 65 or over.



Hays educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade. High school is at Hays-Lodgepole High School.[8] They are known as the Thunderbirds.[9]

Notable person



  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hays, Montana
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hays CDP, Montana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  4. ^ "Hays". Montana Place Names Companion. Montana Historical Society. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ Cowell, A.; Taylor, A.; Brockie, T. (2016). "Gros Ventre ethnogeography and place names: A diachronic perspective". Anthropological Linguistics. 58 (2): 132–170. doi:10.1353/anl.2016.0025. S2CID 151520012.
  8. ^ "Hays-Lodgepole High School". Hays-Lodgepole School. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "Member Schools". Montana High School Association. Retrieved April 19, 2021.