Lake County, MT

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Population

29,518

0.706% growth

Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$42,582

6.73% growth

Poverty Rate

20.9%


Number of Employees

11,866

0.27% growth

Median Property Value

$224,100

0.972% decline

About

In 2017, Lake County, MT had a population of 29.5k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $42,582. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lake County, MT grew from 29,311 to 29,518, a 0.706% increase and its median household income grew from $39,898 to $42,582, a 6.73% increase.

The population of Lake County, MT is 65.5% White Alone, 23.6% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 5.94% Two or More Races. 4.54% of the people in Lake County, MT speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake County, MT are Salish Kootenai College (155 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lake County, MT is $224,100, and the homeownership rate is 71.8%. Most people in Lake County, MT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake County, MT is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lake County, MT employs 11.9k people. The largest industries in Lake County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,746 people), Retail Trade (1,512 people), and Educational Services (1,108 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,833), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,900), and Information ($47,250).

Median household income in Lake County, MT is $42,582. Males in Lake 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 Lake County, MT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,582

2017 value

± $2,370

6.73%

1 Year Growth

± 7.52%

Households in Lake County, MT have a median annual income of $42,582, 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 $39,898 in 2016, which represents a 6.73% 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 Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake 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 1

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 9407

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $54,917, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 9407, with respective values of $47,875 and $42,589.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lake 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

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake County, MT (6.11k out of 29.2k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Males 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

    3,188 ± 296

  2. Native American

    2,490 ± 274

  3. Hispanic

    433 ± 106

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lake County, MT is White, followed by Native American 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

11.9k

2017 Value

± 597

0.27%

1 Year growth

± 6.96%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake County, MT grew at a rate of 0.27%, from 11.8k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake County, MT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,396 people), Management Occupations (1,334 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,017 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lake County, MT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,396 people), Management Occupations (1,334 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,017 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lake County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.71 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.89 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.72 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lake County, MT, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,050), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($52,240), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($49,630).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.9k

2017 Value

± 597

0.27%

1 Year growth

± 6.96%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake County, MT grew at a rate of 0.27%, from 11.8k employees to 11.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,746 people), Retail Trade (1,512 people), and Educational Services (1,108 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Lake 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 Lake County, MT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,746 people), Retail Trade (1,512 people), and Educational Services (1,108 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lake County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.69 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.15 times), and Public Administration (1.71 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lake County, MT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,833), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,900), and Information ($47,250).

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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

81.5% of the population of Lake County, MT has health coverage, with 27.7% on employee plans, 23.3% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.81% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lake County, MT see 1403 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.2% decrease from the previous year (1617 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1353 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 488 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

1403 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Lake County, MT see an average of 1403 patients per year. This represents a 13.2% decrease from the previous year (1617 patients).

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

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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

18.5%

Uninsured

27.7%

Employer Coverage

23.3%

Medicaid

15.2%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

1.81%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake County, MT declined by 17.6% from 22.5% to 18.5%.

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

Lake County, MT is home to a population of 29.5k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.47% of Lake County, MT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lake County, MT is composed of 19.3k White Alone residents (65.5%), 6.98k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (23.6%), 1.75k Two or More Races residents (5.94%), 1.26k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.27%), 93 Asian Alone residents (0.315%), 67 Black or African American Alone residents (0.227%), 39 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.132%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lake County, MT are Spanish or Spanish Creole (416 speakers), Other Native North American Languages (405 speakers), and Other West Germanic Languages (140 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lake County, MT was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Lake County, MT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lake County, MT residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.19%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.47% of Lake 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 Lake County, MT was 2.19%, 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 Lake County, MT was Canada, the natal country of 4,272 Lake County, MT residents, followed by Mexico with 2,817 and Philippines with 2,040.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Lake County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lake County, MT was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.3k ± 42

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    6.98k ± 346

  3. Two or More Races

    1.75k ± 356

In 2017, there were 2.77 times more White Alone residents (19.3k people) in Lake County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.98k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 1.75k 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 Lake County, MT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    416 speakers (1.53%)

  2. Other Native North American Languages

    405 speakers (1.49%)

  3. Other West Germanic Languages

    140 speakers (0.514%)

4.54% of Lake 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 Lake County, MT was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.53% of the overall population of Lake County, MT are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.49% speak Other Native North American Languages and 0.514% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,174 ± 159

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    292 ± 88

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    230 ± 72

Lake County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lake County, MT awarded 155 degrees. The student population of Lake County, MT is skewed towards women, with 308 male students and 551 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake County, MT are American Indian or Alaska Native (112 and 72.3%), followed by White (35 and 22.6%), Black or African American (4 and 2.58%), and Hispanic or Latino (3 and 1.94%).

The largest universities in Lake County, MT by number of degrees awarded are Salish Kootenai College (155 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lake County, MT are Registered Nursing (24 and 15.5%), Dental Assisting (16 and 10.3%), and General Psychology (15 and 9.68%).

The median tuition costs in Lake County, MT are $10,260 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. 12 degrees awarded

  2. 9 degrees awarded

  3. 9 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lake County, MT was General Psychology with 12 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

155 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$10,260

Median Private

In 2016, the Lake County, MT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Salish Kootenai College with 155 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

41

Degrees Awarded to Men

114

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 41 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake County, MT, which is 0.36 times less than the 114 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native

    112 degrees awarded

  2. White

    35 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lake County, MT were to American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 112 degrees mean that there were 3.2 times more American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 35 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lake County, MT was $224,100 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 $226,300 to $224,100, a 0.972% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lake County, MT is 71.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lake County, MT have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lake 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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$42,582

Median Household Income

± $2,370

11.8k

Number of Households

± 556

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.8k households in Lake County, MT grew to $42,582 from the previous year's value of $39,898.

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

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Housing

Property Value

$224,100

2017 Median

± $6,996

$226,300

2016 Median

± $8,792

In 2017, the median property value in Lake County, MT declined from to $224,100 from the previous year's value of $226,300.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

71.8%

2017 Homeownership

70.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.8% of the housing units in Lake County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.2%.

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

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Commute Time

17.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake County, MT have a shorter commute time (17.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.75% of the workforce in Lake County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.2%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.72%

  3. Carpooled

    8.98%

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

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