Helena Valley West Central, MT

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Population

8,622

1.5% decline

Median Age

41.1


Median Household Income

$73,239

3.97% growth

Poverty Rate

7.1%


Number of Employees

4,331

1.88% growth

Median Property Value

$223,500

4.1% growth

About

In 2017, Helena Valley West Central, MT had a population of 8.62k people with a median age of 41.1 and a median household income of $73,239. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Helena Valley West Central, MT declined from 8,753 to 8,622, a -1.5% decrease and its median household income grew from $70,441 to $73,239, a 3.97% increase.

The population of Helena Valley West Central, MT is 93.3% White Alone, 2.68% Two or More Races, and 1.62% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Helena Valley West Central, MT speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Helena Valley West Central, MT is $223,500, and the homeownership rate is 88.4%. Most people in Helena Valley West Central, MT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Helena Valley West Central, MT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Helena Valley West Central, MT employs 4.33k people. The largest industries in Helena Valley West Central, MT are Public Administration (796 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (689 people), and Retail Trade (578 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,932), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($65,795), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,434).

Median household income in Helena Valley West Central, MT is $73,239. Males in Helena Valley West Central, 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 Helena Valley West Central, MT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$73,239

2017 value

± $6,417

3.97%

1 Year Growth

± 12.3%

Households in Helena Valley West Central, MT have a median annual income of $73,239, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $70,441 in 2016, which represents a 3.97% 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.

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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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Helena Valley West Central, 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 6

  2. Census Tract 5.02

  3. Census Tract 5.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Helena Valley West Central, MT was Census Tract 6 with a value of $74,148, followed by Census Tract 5.02 and Census Tract 5.01, with respective values of $66,390 and $62,679.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Helena Valley West Central, MT (603 out of 8.49k 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 Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 5.

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

    546 ± 135

  2. Other

    22 ± 74

  3. Two Or More

    18 ± 70

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

4.33k

2017 Value

± 424

1.88%

1 Year growth

± 13.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena Valley West Central, MT grew at a rate of 1.88%, from 4.25k employees to 4.33k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Helena Valley West Central, MT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (610 people), Management Occupations (579 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (553 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Helena Valley West Central, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Helena Valley West Central, MT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (610 people), Management Occupations (579 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (553 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena Valley West Central, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.52 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.46 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Helena Valley West Central, MT, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,750), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($66,250), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,313).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.33k

2017 Value

± 424

1.88%

1 Year growth

± 13.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Helena Valley West Central, MT grew at a rate of 1.88%, from 4.25k employees to 4.33k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Helena Valley West Central, MT, are Public Administration (796 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (689 people), and Retail Trade (578 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Helena Valley West Central, MT, though some of these residents may live in Helena Valley West Central, 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 Valley West Central, MT, by number of employees, are Public Administration (796 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (689 people), and Retail Trade (578 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Helena Valley West Central, MT has an unusually high number of Public Administration (3.94 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.6 times), and Retail Trade (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Helena Valley West Central, MT, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,932), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($65,795), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($62,434).

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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

94.3% of the population of Helena Valley West Central, MT has health coverage, with 50.3% on employee plans, 14.9% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 2.53% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Helena Valley West Central, MT was $8,221 in 2014. This is a 2.84% increase from the previous year ($7,994).

Primary care physicians in Helena Valley West Central, MT see 1308 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.305% decrease from the previous year (1312 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1416 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 378 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

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1,308 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Montana see an average of 1,308 patients per year. This represents a 0.305% decrease from the previous year (1,312 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

5.66%

Uninsured

50.3%

Employer Coverage

14.9%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

15.9%

Non-Group

2.53%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Helena Valley West Central, MT declined by 24.4% from 7.48% to 5.66%.

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

Helena Valley West Central, MT is home to a population of 8.62k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.95% of Helena Valley West Central, MT residents were born outside of the country (168 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Helena Valley West Central, MT is composed of 8.04k White Alone residents (93.3%), 231 Two or More Races residents (2.68%), 140 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.62%), 105 Asian Alone residents (1.22%), 71 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.823%), 17 Black or African American Alone residents (0.197%), 15 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.174%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Helena Valley West Central, MT are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.5

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 28.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Helena Valley West Central, MT was 41.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Helena Valley West Central, MT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Helena Valley West Central, MT residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.95%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

168 people

2.19%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

192 people

As of 2017, 1.95% of Helena Valley West Central, MT residents (168 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 Helena Valley West Central, MT was 2.19%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Helena Valley West Central, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Helena Valley West Central, MT was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.04k ± 600

  2. Two or More Races

    231 ± 136

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    140 ± 76

In 2017, there were 34.8 times more White Alone residents (8.04k people) in Helena Valley West Central, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 231 Two or More Races and 140 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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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 Helena Valley West Central, 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 Helena Valley West Central, MT was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Helena Valley West Central, 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

    265 ± 110

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    181 ± 79

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    123 ± 66

Helena Valley West Central, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Helena Valley West Central, MT was $223,500 in 2017, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $214,700 to $223,500, a 4.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Helena Valley West Central, MT is 88.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Helena Valley West Central, MT have an average commute time of 16.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Helena Valley West Central, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$73,239

Median Household Income

± $6,417

3.13k

Number of Households

± 340

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.13k households in Helena Valley West Central, MT grew to $73,239 from the previous year's value of $70,441.

The following chart displays the households in Helena Valley West Central, 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

$223,500

2017 Median

± $9,230

$214,700

2016 Median

± $8,467

In 2017, the median property value in Helena Valley West Central, MT grew to to $223,500 from the previous year's value of $214,700.

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

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Property Taxes

$1,500 - $2k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Helena Valley West Central, MT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Helena Valley West Central, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $1,500 - $2k range.

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Rent vs Own

88.4%

2017 Homeownership

84.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 88.4% of the housing units in Helena Valley West Central, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 84.9%.

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

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Commute Time

16.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Helena Valley West Central, MT have a shorter commute time (16.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% of the workforce in Helena Valley West Central, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    89.1%

  2. Worked At Home

    3.94%

  3. Carpooled

    3.85%

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

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