Helena, MT

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2020 Population
32,655
1.97% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
US Representative
Matt Rosendale
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
41
2.24% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.8%
14.2% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$60,074
2.04% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$263,300
7.78% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
17,172
3.26% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Helena, MT had a population of 32.7k people with a median age of 41 and a median household income of $60,074. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Helena, MT grew from 32,024 to 32,655, a 1.97% increase and its median household income declined from $61,324 to $60,074, a −2.04% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Helena, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.56%), White (Hispanic) (3.37%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.09%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.925%).

None of the households in Helena, MT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.5% of the residents in Helena, MT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Helena, MT are Carroll College (366 degrees awarded in 2020) and Helena College University of Montana (231 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Helena, MT was $263,300, and the homeownership rate was 57.3%. Most people in Helena, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 13 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena, MT was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Helena, MT is home to a population of 32.7k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.42% of Helena, MT residents were born outside of the country (464 people).

In 2020, there were 25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.1k people) in Helena, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.16k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Helena, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    29.1k ± 365
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.16k ± 235
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.1k ± 279
4.47%
Hispanic Population
1.46k people

In 2020, there were 25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.1k people) in Helena, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.16k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.47% of the people in Helena, MT are hispanic (1.46k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.42%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
464 people
1.33%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
426 people

As of 2020, 1.42% of Helena, MT residents (464 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Helena, MT was 1.33%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.6
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 9.8

In 2020, the median age of all people in Helena, MT was 41. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Helena, MT are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Helena, MT residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    3,678 ± 1,486 people
  2. Mexico
    2,437 ± 1,211 people
  3. Philippines
    2,115 ± 1,128 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 3,678 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,437 and Philippines with 2,115.

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Citizenship

99.5%
2020 Citizenship
99.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.5% of Helena, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Helena, MT was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    894 ± 196
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    468 ± 183
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    286 ± 141

Helena, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.91 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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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 Helena, MT is $60,074. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Helena, MT was Census Tract 10 with a value of $71,806, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $56,639 and $49,010.

Males in Montana have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,421. The income inequality in Montana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Helena, MT employs 17.2k people. The largest industries in Helena, MT are Public Administration (2,850 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,684 people), and Retail Trade (1,771 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($73,664), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,308), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,885).

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,074
2020 value
± $4,570
−2.04%
1 Year Growth
± 11.3%

Households in Helena, MT have a median annual income of $60,074, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,324 in 2019, which represents a −2.04% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$60,593
Average Male Salary in Montana
± $3,209
$44,421
Average Female Salary in Montana
± $2,443

In 2020, full-time male employees in Montana made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $46,331 ± $1,920
  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $46,244 ± $49,542
  3. Other
    $43,238 ± $20,986

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Montana workers was White. These workers were paid 1 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races 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 Helena, MT is from Montana.
0.459
2020 Wage GINI in Montana
0.46
2019 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2020, the income inequality in Montana was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.113% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 10
  2. Census Tract 9
  3. Census Tract 8

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena, MT was Census Tract 10 with a value of $71,806, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $56,639 and $49,010.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena, MT (3.69k out of 31.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    3,296 ± 474
  2. Hispanic
    413 ± 179
  3. Two Or More
    195 ± 145

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Helena, MT is White, followed by Hispanic 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

17.2k
2020 Value
± 1,032
3.26%
1 Year growth
± 8.01%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Helena, MT grew at a rate of 3.26%, from 16.6k employees to 17.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena, MT, are Management Occupations (1,998 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,691 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,396 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Helena, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (1,998 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,691 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,396 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (2.19 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.97 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.95 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Helena, MT, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($75,108), Legal Occupations ($71,321), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,313).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.2k
2020 Value
± 1,032
3.26%
1 Year growth
± 8.01%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Helena, MT grew at a rate of 3.26%, from 16.6k employees to 17.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena, MT, are Public Administration (2,850 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,684 people), and Retail Trade (1,771 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena, MT, though some of these residents may live in Helena, 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 Helena, MT, by number of employees, are Public Administration (2,850 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,684 people), and Retail Trade (1,771 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena, MT has an unusually high number of Public Administration (3.56 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.25 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Helena, MT, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($73,664), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,308), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,885).

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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. $5.84B
  2. $5.26B
  3. $3.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Montana product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $5.84B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($5.26B) and Gasoline ($3.8B).

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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$45.7B
2020 Value in Montana
$81.1B
Projected 2050 Value in Montana
77.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Montana trade was $45.7B. This is expected to increase 77.7% to $81.1B by 2050.

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. $2.74B
  2. $2.34B
  3. $2.32B

In 2020, the top outbound Montana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Idaho with $2.74B, followed by North Dakota with $2.34B and Washington and $2.32B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Montana went to Donald J. Trump with 56.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (40.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.53%). The most partisan county was Garfield County, MT with 94% 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.

Helena, 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 Montana
56.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Montana
  1. 94% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 89.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Montana was Garfield County, MT with 94% 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Montana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Helena, MT

Matt Rosendale
Montana at-large Representative
Republican Party

Helena, 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 Helena, MT have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Helena, MT awarded 597 degrees. The student population of Helena, MT is skewed towards women, with 992 male students and 1,440 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Helena, MT are White (497 and 83.7%), followed by Unknown (49 and 8.25%), Hispanic or Latino (19 and 3.2%), and Two or More Races (13 and 2.19%).

The largest universities in Helena, MT by number of degrees awarded are Carroll College (366 and 61.3%) and Helena College University of Montana (231 and 38.7%).

The most popular majors in Helena, MT are General Studies (68 and 11.4%), Registered Nursing (68 and 11.4%), and Accounting (34 and 5.7%).

The median tuition cost in Helena, MT for private four year colleges is $36,182.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 28 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 38 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 32 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Helena, MT was General Health Services with 28 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 366 degrees awarded
  2. 231 degrees awarded
$36,182
Median Private

In 2020, the Helena, MT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carroll College with 366 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

246
Degrees Awarded to Men
351
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 246 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Helena, MT, which is 0.701 times less than the 351 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Helena, MT by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    497 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    19 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Helena, MT was White students. These 497 degrees mean that there were 10.1 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 49 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena, MT was $263,300 in 2020, which is 1.15 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $244,300 to $263,300, a 7.78% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena, MT is 57.3%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Helena, MT have an average commute time of 13 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Helena, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$263,300
2020 Median
± $9,165
$244,300
2019 Median
± $7,068

In 2020, the median property value in Helena, MT grew to to $263,300 from the previous year's value of $244,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Helena, 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 Helena, MT the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$60,074
Median Household Income
± $4,570
14.7k
Number of Households
± 916

In 2020, the median household income of the 14.7k households in Helena, MT declined from $60,074 from the previous year's value of $61,324.

The following chart displays the households in Helena, 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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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.3%
2020 Homeownership
55.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 57.3% of the housing units in Helena, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Helena, MT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

13 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena, MT have a shorter commute time (13 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.995% of the workforce in Helena, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (72.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.78%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.77%)

In 2020, 72.5% of workers in Helena, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.78%) and those who worked at home (7.77%).

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

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Health

95.9% of the population of Helena, MT has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 2.66% 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 Lewis and Clark County, MT see 1057 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1076 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1177 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 206 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

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1,057 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lewis and Clark County, MT

Primary care physicians in Lewis and Clark County, MT see an average of 1,057 patients per year. This represents a 1.77% decrease from the previous year (1,076 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lewis and Clark 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

4.1%
Uninsured
51.4%
Employer Coverage
14.5%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
13.6%
Non-Group
2.66%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena, MT declined by 8.58% from 4.49% to 4.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Helena, 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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