Fergus County, MT

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2019 Population
11,221
0.461% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
US Representative
Matt Rosendale
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
45.3
1.52% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
15.8%
14.4% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$50,540
0.423% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$143,000
6% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
5,476
4.52% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Fergus County, MT had a population of 11.2k people with a median age of 45.3 and a median household income of $50,540. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Fergus County, MT declined from 11,273 to 11,221, a −0.461% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,327 to $50,540, a 0.423% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fergus County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.1%), Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (Non-Hispanic) (1.86%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.39%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.03%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.588%). 0% of the households in Fergus County, MT speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.1% of the residents in Fergus County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Fergus County, MT was $143,000, and the homeownership rate was 72.8%. Most people in Fergus County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 12 minutes. The average car ownership in Fergus County, MT was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Fergus County, MT is home to a population of 11.2k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.28% of Fergus County, MT residents were born outside of the country (144 people).

In 2019, there were 50.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.6k people) in Fergus County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 209 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (Non-Hispanic) and 156 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fergus County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.6k ± 16
  2. Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (Non-Hispanic)
    209 ± 167
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    156 ± 97
0.927%
Hispanic Population
104 people

In 2019, there were 50.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.6k people) in Fergus County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 209 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (Non-Hispanic) and 156 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.927% of the people in Fergus County, MT are hispanic (104 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fergus County, MT as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.28%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
144 people
1.41%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
159 people

As of 2019, 1.28% of Fergus County, MT residents (144 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fergus County, MT was 1.41%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.9
73
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 19.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Fergus County, MT was 45.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 73. But people in Fergus County, MT are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Fergus County, MT residents was 46.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    4,205 ± 1,589 people
  2. Mexico
    2,625 ± 1,256 people
  3. Philippines
    2,065 ± 1,115 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 4,205 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,625 and Philippines with 2,065.

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Citizenship

99.1%
2019 Citizenship
99.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.1% of Fergus County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Fergus County, MT was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    359 ± 98
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    86 ± 54
  3. World War II
    82 ± 37

Fergus County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Montana, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Montana (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Montana. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Montana.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Montana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Fergus County, MT is $50,540. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Fergus County, MT was Census Tract 301 with a value of $60,819, followed by Census Tract 302 and N/A, with respective values of $39,800 and N/A.

Males in Montana have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,840. The income inequality in Montana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Fergus County, MT employs 5.48k people. The largest industries in Fergus County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (902 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (870 people), and Retail Trade (741 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($68,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,500), and Utilities ($54,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,540
2019 value
± $4,972
0.423%
1 Year Growth
± 12.3%

Households in Fergus County, MT have a median annual income of $50,540, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,327 in 2018, which represents a 0.423% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,856
Average Male Salary in Montana
± $3,151
$42,840
Average Female Salary in Montana
± $2,321

In 2019, full-time male employees in Montana made 1.4 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 in Montana
  1. White
    $45,469 ± $1,886
  2. Other
    $43,406 ± $25,882
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $41,038 ± $47,698

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Montana workers was White. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than Other workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Montana.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fergus County, MT is from Montana.
0.46
2019 Wage GINI in Montana
0.462
2018 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2019, the income inequality in Montana was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 301
  2. Census Tract 302
  3. N/A

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fergus County, MT was Census Tract 301 with a value of $60,819, followed by Census Tract 302 and N/A, with respective values of $39,800 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fergus County, MT (1.74k out of 11k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    1,657 ± 270
  2. Asian
    52 ± 110
  3. Two Or More
    15 ± 87

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

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

5.48k
2019 Value
± 482
−4.52%
1 Year decline
± 13.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Fergus County, MT declined at a rate of −4.52%, from 5.74k employees to 5.48k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fergus County, MT, are Management Occupations (838 people), Sales & Related Occupations (719 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (623 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fergus County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fergus County, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (838 people), Sales & Related Occupations (719 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (623 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fergus County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (9.21 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.91 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fergus County, MT, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,750), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,018), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($68,482).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.48k
2019 Value
± 482
−4.52%
1 Year decline
± 13.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Fergus County, MT declined at a rate of −4.52%, from 5.74k employees to 5.48k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fergus County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (902 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (870 people), and Retail Trade (741 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fergus County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Fergus 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 Fergus County, MT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (902 people), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (870 people), and Retail Trade (741 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fergus County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (13.5 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.72 times), and Construction (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fergus County, MT, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($68,750), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,500), and Utilities ($54,375).

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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. $12.5B
  2. $6.36B
  3. $6.21B

In 2018, the top outbound Montana product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $12.5B, followed by Gasoline ($6.36B) and Fuel oils ($6.21B).

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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$58.6B
2018 Value in Montana
$93.8B
Projected 2045 Value in Montana
59.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Montana trade was $58.6B. This is expected to increase 59.9% to $93.8B 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. $4.03B
  2. $3.67B
  3. $3.48B

In 2018, the top outbound Montana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Colorado with $4.03B, followed by Wyoming with $3.67B and Idaho and $3.48B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Fergus County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 73.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (20.6%), followed by Other (6.32%). The most partisan county was Garfield County, MT with 90.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing the state of Montana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Fergus County, MT is currently represented by Matt Rosendale in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Fergus County, MT
73.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Montana
  1. 90.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Montana was Garfield County, MT with 90.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Montana colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Montana

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Jon Tester
Senator from Montana1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Steve Daines
Senator from Montana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing Montana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Fergus County, MT

Matt Rosendale
Montana at-large Representative
Republican Party

Fergus County, MT is currently represented by Matt Rosendale (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Fergus County, MT have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fergus County, MT was $143,000 in 2019, which is 0.595 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $134,900 to $143,000, a 6% increase. The homeownership rate in Fergus County, MT is 72.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Fergus County, MT have an average commute time of 12 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fergus County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$143,000
2019 Median
± $20,461
$134,900
2018 Median
± $20,891

In 2019, the median property value in Fergus County, MT grew to to $143,000 from the previous year's value of $134,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fergus 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 Fergus County, MT the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$50,540
Median Household Income
± $4,972
4.91k
Number of Households
± 441

In 2019, the median household income of the 4.91k households in Fergus County, MT grew to $50,540 from the previous year's value of $50,327.

The following chart displays the households in Fergus 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.8%
2019 Homeownership
72%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 72.8% of the housing units in Fergus County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fergus County, MT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

12 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fergus County, MT have a shorter commute time (12 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.746% of the workforce in Fergus County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (66.9%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.5%)
  3. Carpooled (10.5%)

In 2019, 66.9% of workers in Fergus County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.5%) and those who carpooled to work (10.5%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

90.8% of the population of Fergus County, MT has health coverage, with 34.6% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 21% on non-group plans, and 2.17% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Fergus County, MT see 1235 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.5% decrease from the previous year (1411 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 921 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 425 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Roosevelt County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.9%). Additionally, Hill County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,235 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Fergus County, MT

Primary care physicians in Fergus County, MT see an average of 1,235 patients per year. This represents a 12.5% decrease from the previous year (1,411 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Fergus County, MT in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,221
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Montana
$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

9.15%
Uninsured
34.6%
Employer Coverage
17%
Medicaid
16.2%
Medicare
21%
Non-Group
2.17%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fergus County, MT declined by 26% from 12.4% to 9.15%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fergus 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. 18.9% prevalence
  2. 17.3% prevalence
  3. 15.8% prevalence

Roosevelt County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Montana, at 18.9%.

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

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