Dawson County, MT

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Population

9,324

1.13% decline

Median Age

41.9


Median Household Income

$59,622

3.53% growth

Poverty Rate

12.3%


Number of Employees

4,805

2.04% growth

Median Property Value

$154,300

2.89% decline

About

In 2017, Dawson County, MT had a population of 9.32k people with a median age of 41.9 and a median household income of $59,622. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dawson County, MT declined from 9,431 to 9,324, a -1.13% decrease and its median household income grew from $57,591 to $59,622, a 3.53% increase.

The population of Dawson County, MT is 92.6% White Alone, 3% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.15% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Dawson County, MT speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dawson County, MT are Dawson Community College (71 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Dawson County, MT is $154,300, and the homeownership rate is 69.4%. Most people in Dawson County, MT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Dawson County, MT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Dawson County, MT employs 4.81k people. The largest industries in Dawson County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (674 people), Transportation & Warehousing (579 people), and Retail Trade (494 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,375), Manufacturing ($61,211), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,000).

Median household income in Dawson County, MT is $59,622. Males in Dawson County, MT have an average income that is 1.42 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,968. The income inequality in Dawson County, MT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,622

2017 value

± $4,284

3.53%

1 Year Growth

± 12.1%

Households in Dawson County, MT have a median annual income of $59,622, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $57,591 in 2016, which represents a 3.53% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,921

Average Male Salary

± $3,007

$39,968

Average Female Salary

± $2,184

In 2017, full-time male employees in Montana made 1.42 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Montana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $42,515 ± $1,780

  2. Other

    $39,395 ± $16,377

  3. Asian

    $33,231 ± $11,940

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Montana workers was White. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Other workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Montana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dawson County, MT is from Montana.

0.465

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Montana was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.554% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Montana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Montana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2

  2. Census Tract 3

  3. Census Tract 1

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dawson County, MT was Census Tract 2 with a value of $66,830, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $56,638 and $53,833.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dawson County, MT colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dawson County, MT (1.09k out of 8.82k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,007 ± 212

  2. Two Or More

    70 ± 82

  3. Hispanic

    9 ± 70

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dawson County, MT is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.81k

2017 Value

± 428

2.04%

1 Year growth

± 11.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawson County, MT grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 4.71k employees to 4.81k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dawson County, MT, are Management Occupations (816 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (574 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (547 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dawson County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dawson County, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (816 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (574 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawson County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.11 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.8 times), and Transportation Occupations (2.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dawson County, MT, by median earnings, are Health Technologists & Technicians ($67,875), Production Occupations ($65,256), and Personal Care & Service Occupations ($65,018).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.81k

2017 Value

± 428

2.04%

1 Year growth

± 11.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dawson County, MT grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 4.71k employees to 4.81k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dawson County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (674 people), Transportation & Warehousing (579 people), and Retail Trade (494 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dawson County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Dawson County, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Dawson County, MT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (674 people), Transportation & Warehousing (579 people), and Retail Trade (494 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dawson County, MT has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (10.5 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.69 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (2.83 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dawson County, MT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($69,375), Manufacturing ($61,211), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,000).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Montana to other states, or from other states to Montana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $6.47B

  2. $6.17B

  3. $5.98B

In 2015, the top outbound Montana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $6.47B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($6.17B) and Fuel oils ($5.98B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Montana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$44.7B

2015 Value

$53.9B

Projected 2045 Value

20.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Montana trade was $44.7B. This is expected to increase 20.7% to $53.9B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Montana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Montana to other states, or from other states to Montana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $4.59B

  2. $2.98B

  3. $2.88B

In 2015, the top outbound Montana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Dakota with $4.59B, followed by Wyoming with $2.98B and Idaho and $2.88B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Montana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.5% of the population of Dawson County, MT has health coverage, with 47.1% on employee plans, 10.1% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 19.5% on non-group plans, and 0.821% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Dawson County, MT was $8,221 in 2014. This is a 2.84% increase from the previous year ($7,994).

Primary care physicians in Dawson County, MT see 2406 patients per year on average, which represents a 26.4% increase from the previous year (1904 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1865 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 933 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Glacier County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.8%). Additionally, Big Horn County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,406 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Dawson County, MT see an average of 2,406 patients per year. This represents a 26.4% increase from the previous year (1,904 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,221

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,882

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,378

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,238

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Montana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.84%, from $7,994 to $8,221.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.53%

Uninsured

47.1%

Employer Coverage

10.1%

Medicaid

13.9%

Medicare

19.5%

Non-Group

0.821%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dawson County, MT declined by 12.4% from 9.74% to 8.53%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dawson County, MT changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.8% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 12.3% prevalence

Glacier County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Montana, at 14.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Montana by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Dawson County, MT is home to a population of 9.32k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.58% of Dawson County, MT residents were born outside of the country (147 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Dawson County, MT is composed of 8.64k White Alone residents (92.6%), 280 Hispanic or Latino residents (3%), 200 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.15%), 119 Two or More Races residents (1.28%), 48 Black or African American Alone residents (0.515%), 40 Asian Alone residents (0.429%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Dawson County, MT are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

56

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dawson County, MT was 41.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 56. But people in Dawson County, MT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Dawson County, MT residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

147 people

1.36%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

128 people

As of 2017, 1.58% of Dawson County, MT residents (147 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dawson County, MT was 1.36%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    4,272 ± 1,601 people

  2. Mexico

    2,817 ± 1,301 people

  3. Philippines

    2,040 ± 1,108 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 4,272 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,817 and Philippines with 2,040.

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Citizenship

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Dawson County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dawson County, MT was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.64k ± 3

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    280 ± 56.7

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    200 ± 83

In 2017, there were 30.8 times more White Alone residents (8.64k people) in Dawson County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 280 Hispanic or Latino and 200 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Dawson County, MT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Dawson County, MT citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Dawson County, MT was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Dawson County, MT are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    180 ± 65

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    120 ± 89

  3. Korea

    73 ± 42

Dawson County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Dawson County, MT awarded 71 degrees. The student population of Dawson County, MT is skewed towards men, with 156 male students and 141 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dawson County, MT are White (55 and 82.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (5 and 7.46%), American Indian or Alaska Native (5 and 7.46%), and Asian (1 and 1.49%).

The largest universities in Dawson County, MT by number of degrees awarded are Dawson Community College (71 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Dawson County, MT are General Studies (48 and 67.6%), Welding Technology (5 and 7.04%), and General Business (4 and 5.63%).

The median tuition costs in Dawson County, MT are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 48 degrees awarded

  2. 4 degrees awarded

  3. 4 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Dawson County, MT was General Studies with 48 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Dawson County, MT according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

71 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Dawson County, MT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Dawson Community College with 71 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

28

Degrees Awarded to Men

43

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 28 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dawson County, MT, which is 0.651 times less than the 43 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    55 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Dawson County, MT were to White students. These 55 degrees mean that there were 11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 5 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dawson County, MT was $154,300 in 2017, which is 0.709 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $158,900 to $154,300, a 2.89% decrease. The homeownership rate in Dawson County, MT is 69.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dawson County, MT have an average commute time of 16 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dawson County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,622

Median Household Income

± $4,284

4.05k

Number of Households

± 402

In 2017, the median household income of the 4.05k households in Dawson County, MT grew to $59,622 from the previous year's value of $57,591.

The following chart displays the households in Dawson County, MT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$154,300

2017 Median

± $11,042

$158,900

2016 Median

± $11,189

In 2017, the median property value in Dawson County, MT declined from to $154,300 from the previous year's value of $158,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dawson County, MT compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dawson County, MT the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dawson County, MT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dawson County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.4%

2017 Homeownership

67.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.4% of the housing units in Dawson County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Dawson County, MT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dawson County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dawson County, MT have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dawson County, MT have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.16% of the workforce in Dawson County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.4%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.11%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Dawson County, MT was Drove Alone (74.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.4%) and those who Worked At Home (8.11%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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