Powder River County, MT

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2019 Population
1,607
0.741% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
US Representative
Matt Rosendale
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
53.4
0.755% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
12.8%
23.3% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$54,427
3.76% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$142,600
16% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
877
9.12% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Powder River County, MT had a population of 1.61k people with a median age of 53.4 and a median household income of $54,427. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Powder River County, MT declined from 1,619 to 1,607, a −0.741% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,457 to $54,427, a 3.76% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Powder River County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (93%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.12%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.8%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.68%), and White (Hispanic) (1.24%). 0% of the households in Powder River County, MT speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.8% of the residents in Powder River County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Powder River County, MT was $142,600, and the homeownership rate was 74.6%. Most people in Powder River County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Powder River County, MT was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Powder River County, MT is home to a population of 1.61k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.56% of Powder River County, MT residents were born outside of the country (25 people).

In 2019, there were 44 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.5k people) in Powder River County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 29 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Powder River County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.5k ± 108
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    34 ± 32.6
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    29 ± 37.4
3.17%
Hispanic Population
51 people

In 2019, there were 44 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.5k people) in Powder River County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 29 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.17% of the people in Powder River County, MT are hispanic (51 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.56%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
25 people
1.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
21 people

As of 2019, 1.56% of Powder River County, MT residents (25 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Powder River County, MT was 1.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

53
Median Native-Born Age
± 3.1
62
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 16.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Powder River County, MT was 53.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 53, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 62. But people in Powder River County, MT are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Powder River County, MT residents was 53.

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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

98.8%
2019 Citizenship
98.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.8% of Powder River County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Powder River County, MT was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    52 ± 29
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    9 ± 20
  3. Korea
    6 ± 12

Powder River County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.78 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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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 Powder River County, MT is $54,427. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Powder River County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $54,427, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A 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 Powder River County, MT employs 877 people. The largest industries in Powder River County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (265 people), Educational Services (89 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (85 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($52,788), Construction ($52,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,000).

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,427
2019 value
± $5,552
3.76%
1 Year Growth
± 16.4%

Households in Powder River County, MT have a median annual income of $54,427, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,457 in 2018, which represents a 3.76% 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 Powder River 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.

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Income by Location

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

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Powder River County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $54,427, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Powder River County, MT (201 out of 1.57k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males < 5, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 75+.

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
    172 ± 59
  2. Hispanic
    38 ± 56
  3. Two Or More
    29 ± 53

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Powder River County, 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

877
2019 Value
± 127
−9.12%
1 Year decline
± 21.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Powder River County, MT declined at a rate of −9.12%, from 965 employees to 877 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Powder River County, MT, are Management Occupations (185 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (118 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (97 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Powder River County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Powder River County, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (185 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (118 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (97 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Powder River County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (13 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.67 times), and Management Occupations (2.08 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Powder River County, MT, by median earnings, are Material Moving Occupations ($83,182), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($63,750), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($59,583).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

877
2019 Value
± 127
−9.12%
1 Year decline
± 21.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Powder River County, MT declined at a rate of −9.12%, from 965 employees to 877 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Powder River County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (265 people), Educational Services (89 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (85 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Powder River County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Powder River 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 Powder River County, MT, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (265 people), Educational Services (89 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (85 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Powder River County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (25.6 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (19.7 times), and Utilities (4.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Powder River County, MT, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($52,788), Construction ($52,083), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,000).

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Powder River County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 84% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (12.1%), followed by Other (3.99%). 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.

Powder River 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Powder River County, MT
84% 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.

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US Representatives from Powder River County, MT

Matt Rosendale
Montana at-large Representative
Republican Party

Powder River 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 Powder River County, MT have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Powder River County, MT was $142,600 in 2019, which is 0.593 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $122,900 to $142,600, a 16% increase. The homeownership rate in Powder River County, MT is 74.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Powder River County, MT have an average commute time of 15.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Powder River County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$142,600
2019 Median
± $22,672
$122,900
2018 Median
± $15,765

In 2019, the median property value in Powder River County, MT grew to to $142,600 from the previous year's value of $122,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Powder River 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 Powder River 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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$54,427
Median Household Income
± $5,552
737
Number of Households
± 104

In 2019, the median household income of the 737 households in Powder River County, MT grew to $54,427 from the previous year's value of $52,457.

The following chart displays the households in Powder River 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 $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.6%
2019 Homeownership
72.4%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 74.6% of the housing units in Powder River County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Powder River County, MT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Powder River County, MT have a shorter commute time (15.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.25% of the workforce in Powder River County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (67.2%)
  2. Walked (13.3%)
  3. Carpooled (8.2%)

In 2019, 67.2% of workers in Powder River County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (13.3%) and those who carpooled to work (8.2%).

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

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Health

93.2% of the population of Powder River County, MT has health coverage, with 36% on employee plans, 12.6% on Medicaid, 23.6% on Medicare, 18.9% on non-group plans, and 2.15% 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).

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%)

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

6.84%
Uninsured
36%
Employer Coverage
12.6%
Medicaid
23.6%
Medicare
18.9%
Non-Group
2.15%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Powder River County, MT declined by 40% from 11.4% to 6.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Powder River 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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