Flathead County, MT

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Population

96,147

1.53% growth

Median Age

42.3


Median Household Income

$51,410

6.2% growth

Poverty Rate

13.6%


Number of Employees

46,250

4.24% growth

Median Property Value

$246,500

4.1% growth

About

In 2017, Flathead County, MT had a population of 96.1k people with a median age of 42.3 and a median household income of $51,410. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Flathead County, MT grew from 94,696 to 96,147, a 1.53% increase and its median household income grew from $48,407 to $51,410, a 6.2% increase.

The population of Flathead County, MT is 93.2% White Alone, 2.63% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.1% Two or More Races. 3.16% of the people in Flathead County, MT speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Flathead County, MT are Flathead Valley Community College (370 degrees awarded in 2016) and Crevier's Academy of Cosmetology Arts (49 degrees).

The median property value in Flathead County, MT is $246,500, and the homeownership rate is 72%. Most people in Flathead County, MT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Flathead County, MT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Flathead County, MT employs 46.3k people. The largest industries in Flathead County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,404 people), Retail Trade (6,387 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,242 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,103), Utilities ($60,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,072).

Median household income in Flathead County, MT is $51,410. Males in Flathead 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 Flathead County, MT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,410

2017 value

± $1,582

6.2%

1 Year Growth

± 4.22%

Households in Flathead County, MT have a median annual income of $51,410, 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 $48,407 in 2016, which represents a 6.2% 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 Flathead County, MT made 1.42 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Flathead County, MT 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 Flathead County, MT workers was White. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Other workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Flathead 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8

  2. Census Tract 6.01

  3. Census Tract 6.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Flathead County, MT was Census Tract 8 with a value of $62,008, followed by Census Tract 6.01 and Census Tract 6.02, with respective values of $61,897 and $56,364.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Flathead County, MT (12.9k out of 95k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    11,635 ± 864

  2. Two Or More

    746 ± 218

  3. Hispanic

    533 ± 190

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Flathead 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

46.3k

2017 Value

± 1,549

4.24%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Flathead County, MT grew at a rate of 4.24%, from 44.4k employees to 46.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Flathead County, MT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,278 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,814 people), and Management Occupations (4,318 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Flathead County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Flathead County, MT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,278 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,814 people), and Management Occupations (4,318 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Flathead County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.58 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.47 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Flathead County, MT, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,837), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,543), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($54,438).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

46.3k

2017 Value

± 1,549

4.24%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Flathead County, MT grew at a rate of 4.24%, from 44.4k employees to 46.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Flathead County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,404 people), Retail Trade (6,387 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,242 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Flathead County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Flathead 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 Flathead County, MT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,404 people), Retail Trade (6,387 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (4,242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Flathead County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.9 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.82 times), and Construction (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Flathead County, MT, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,103), Utilities ($60,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($45,072).

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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. with $6.17B and Fuel oils and $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

89.1% of the population of Flathead County, MT has health coverage, with 44.1% on employee plans, 13.2% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 2.55% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Flathead County, MT see 1317 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1318 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1442 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 392 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

1317 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Flathead County, MT see an average of 1317 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1318 patients).

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

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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%).

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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

10.9%

Uninsured

44.1%

Employer Coverage

13.2%

Medicaid

13.2%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

2.55%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Flathead County, MT declined by 22.2% from 14% to 10.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Flathead 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

Flathead County, MT is home to a population of 96.1k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.07% of Flathead County, MT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Flathead County, MT is composed of 89.6k White Alone residents (93.2%), 2.52k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.63%), 2.02k Two or More Races residents (2.1%), 1.25k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.29%), 440 Asian Alone residents (0.458%), 244 Black or African American Alone residents (0.254%), 49 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.051%), and 40 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0416%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Flathead County, MT are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,475 speakers), German (287 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (179 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 10.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Flathead County, MT was 42.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Flathead County, MT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Flathead County, MT residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.07%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.02%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.07% of Flathead County, MT residents 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 Flathead County, MT was 2.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Flathead County, MT was Canada, the natal country of 4,272 Flathead County, MT residents, followed by Mexico with 2,817 and Philippines with 2,040.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Flathead County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Flathead County, MT was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    89.6k ± 21

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.52k ± 534

  3. Two or More Races

    2.02k ± 324

In 2017, there were 35.5 times more White Alone residents (89.6k people) in Flathead County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.52k Hispanic or Latino and 2.02k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,475 speakers (1.68%)

  2. German

    287 speakers (0.327%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    179 speakers (0.204%)

3.16% of Flathead County, MT citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Flathead County, MT was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.68% of the overall population of Flathead County, MT are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.327% speak German and 0.204% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,482 ± 355

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,098 ± 242

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,055 ± 234

Flathead County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Flathead County, MT awarded 419 degrees. The student population of Flathead County, MT is skewed towards women, with 974 male students and 1,363 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Flathead County, MT are White (362 and 86.4%), followed by Unknown (31 and 7.4%), Asian (9 and 2.15%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (8 and 1.91%).

The largest universities in Flathead County, MT by number of degrees awarded are Flathead Valley Community College (370 and 88.3%) and Crevier's Academy of Cosmetology Arts (49 and 11.7%).

The most popular majors in Flathead County, MT are General Studies (155 and 37%), General Cosmetology (33 and 7.88%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (18 and 4.3%).

The median tuition costs in Flathead 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. 16 degrees awarded

  2. 153 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Flathead County, MT was Registered Nursing with 16 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 370 degrees awarded

  2. 49 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Flathead County, MT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Flathead Valley Community College with 370 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

156

Degrees Awarded to Men

263

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 156 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Flathead County, MT, which is 0.593 times less than the 263 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

    362 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    31 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    9 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Flathead County, MT were to White students. These 362 degrees mean that there were 11.7 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 31 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Flathead County, MT was $246,500 in 2017, which is 1.13 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $236,800 to $246,500, a 4.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Flathead County, MT is 72%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Flathead County, MT have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Flathead 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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$51,410

Median Household Income

± $1,582

38k

Number of Households

± 1,321

In 2017, the median household income of the 38k households in Flathead County, MT grew to $51,410 from the previous year's value of $48,407.

The following chart displays the households in Flathead 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$246,500

2017 Median

± $5,768

$236,800

2016 Median

± $5,732

In 2017, the median property value in Flathead County, MT grew to to $246,500 from the previous year's value of $236,800.

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

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Flathead County, MT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Flathead County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

72%

2017 Homeownership

71%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72% of the housing units in Flathead County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Flathead 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 Flathead County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Flathead County, MT have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Flathead County, MT have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.32% of the workforce in Flathead County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.4%

  2. Carpooled

    6.93%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Flathead County, MT was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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