Pondera County, MT

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Population
6,044
0.608% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
Median Age
40.5

Poverty Rate
20%

Median Household Income
$45,458
1.93% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$123,500
1.15% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
2,560
3.47% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Pondera County, MT had a population of 6.04k people with a median age of 40.5 and a median household income of $45,458. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Pondera County, MT declined from 6,081 to 6,044, a -0.608% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,597 to $45,458, a 1.93% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pondera County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.4%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (14.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.72%), White (Hispanic) (0.662%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (0.645%). 0% of the households in Pondera County, MT speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.3% of the residents in Pondera County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Pondera County, MT was $123,500, and the homeownership rate was 73.7%. Most people in Pondera County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 12.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Pondera County, MT was 3 cars per household.

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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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Montana. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Pondera County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 66.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (27.1%), followed by Other (6.83%). The most partisan county was Garfield County, MT with 90.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Pondera County, MT
66.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Montana
  1. 90.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

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

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

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US Senators from Montana

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

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

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

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 Pondera County, MT

Matt Rosendale
Montana at-large Representative
Republican Party

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

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

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Diversity

Pondera County, MT is home to a population of 6.04k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.47% of Pondera County, MT residents were born outside of the country (89 people).

In 2018, there were 5.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.92k people) in Pondera County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 871 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 104 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pondera County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.92k ± 14
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    871 ± 32
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    104 ± 38.6
1.97%
Hispanic Population
119 people

In 2018, there were 5.65 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.92k people) in Pondera County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 871 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 104 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.97% of the people in Pondera County, MT are hispanic (119 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.47%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
89 people
2.27%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
138 people

As of 2018, 1.47% of Pondera County, MT residents (89 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pondera County, MT was 2.27%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.2
63
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 20.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Pondera County, MT was 40.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 63. But people in Pondera County, MT are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Pondera County, MT residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

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

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

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Citizenship

99.3%
2018 Citizenship
98.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.3% of Pondera County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Pondera County, MT was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    158 ± 45
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    105 ± 64
  3. Korea
    56 ± 22

Pondera County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Pondera County, MT is $45,458. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Pondera County, MT was Census Tract 9770 with a value of $46,544, followed by Census Tract 9772 and N/A, with respective values of $42,171 and N/A.

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

The economy of Pondera County, MT employs 2.56k people. The largest industries in Pondera County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (434 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (371 people), and Educational Services (291 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,089), Transportation & Warehousing ($74,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,000).

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,458
2018 value
± $4,410
1.93%
1 Year Growth
± 12.6%

Households in Pondera County, MT have a median annual income of $45,458, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,597 in 2017, which represents a 1.93% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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

In 2019, full-time male employees in Montana made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Montana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Montana
  1. White
    $45,469 ± $1,886
  2. Other
    $43,406 ± $25,882
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $41,038 ± $47,698

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

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Wage Distribution

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

In 2019, the income inequality in Montana was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Montana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Montana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9770
  2. Census Tract 9772
  3. N/A

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pondera County, MT was Census Tract 9770 with a value of $46,544, followed by Census Tract 9772 and N/A, with respective values of $42,171 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pondera County, MT (1.19k out of 5.94k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    846 ± 170
  2. Native American
    313 ± 48
  3. Hispanic
    51 ± 60

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

2.56k
2018 Value
± 241
-3.47%
1 Year decline
± 14.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Pondera County, MT declined at a rate of -3.47%, from 2.65k employees to 2.56k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pondera County, MT, are Management Occupations (390 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (306 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (230 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pondera County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pondera County, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (390 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (306 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (230 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pondera County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (9.58 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.93 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pondera County, MT, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,341), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($62,500), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($58,715).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.56k
2018 Value
± 241
-3.47%
1 Year decline
± 14.2%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Pondera County, MT declined at a rate of -3.47%, from 2.65k employees to 2.56k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pondera County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (434 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (371 people), and Educational Services (291 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pondera County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Pondera 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 Pondera County, MT, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (434 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (371 people), and Educational Services (291 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pondera County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (14.1 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.54 times), and Utilities (2.02 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pondera County, MT, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,089), Transportation & Warehousing ($74,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,000).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Montana to other states, or from other states to Montana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $12.5B
  2. $6.36B
  3. $6.21B

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

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Montana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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

In 2018, total outbound Montana trade was $58.6B. This is expected to increase 59.9% to $93.8B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Montana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Montana to other states, or from other states to Montana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $4.03B
  2. $3.67B
  3. $3.48B

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

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pondera County, MT was $123,500 in 2018, which is 0.538 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $122,100 to $123,500, a 1.15% increase. The homeownership rate in Pondera County, MT is 73.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pondera County, MT have an average commute time of 12.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Pondera County, MT is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$123,500
2018 Median
± $9,450
$122,100
2017 Median
± $9,138

In 2018, the median property value in Pondera County, MT grew to to $123,500 from the previous year's value of $122,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pondera 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 Pondera County, MT the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$45,458
Median Household Income
± $4,410
2.11k
Number of Households
± 169

In 2018, the median household income of the 2.11k households in Pondera County, MT grew to $45,458 from the previous year's value of $44,597.

The following chart displays the households in Pondera 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.7%
2018 Homeownership
72.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 73.7% of the housing units in Pondera County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pondera County, MT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

12.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pondera County, MT have a shorter commute time (12.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.401% of the workforce in Pondera County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (66.8%)
  2. Carpooled (12%)
  3. Walked (11.8%)

In 2018, 66.8% of workers in Pondera County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12%) and those who walked to work (11.8%).

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

3 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pondera County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pondera County, MT have 3 cars, followed by 2 cars.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Pondera County, MT has health coverage, with 34.7% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 18.7% on non-group plans, and 2.34% 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 Pondera County, MT see 1991 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.201% increase from the previous year (1987 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5911 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 739 patients per year.

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

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,991 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pondera County, MT

Primary care physicians in Pondera County, MT see an average of 1,991 patients per year. This represents a 0.201% increase from the previous year (1,987 patients).

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

10.6%
Uninsured
34.7%
Employer Coverage
20.2%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
18.7%
Non-Group
2.34%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pondera County, MT declined by 16% from 12.6% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pondera County, MT changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 18.9% prevalence
  2. 17.3% prevalence
  3. 15.8% prevalence

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

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

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