Prairie County, MT

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Population

1,325

6.29% decline

Median Age

51


Median Household Income

$50,850

13.9% growth

Poverty Rate

10.1%


Number of Employees

626

10.2% growth

Median Property Value

$100,700

24.9% growth

About

In 2017, Prairie County, MT had a population of 1.33k people with a median age of 51 and a median household income of $50,850. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Prairie County, MT declined from 1,414 to 1,325, a -6.29% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,643 to $50,850, a 13.9% increase.

The population of Prairie County, MT is 98.6% White Alone, 1.28% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.0755% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 2.99% of the people in Prairie County, MT speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Prairie County, MT is $100,700, and the homeownership rate is 88.7%. Most people in Prairie County, MT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Prairie County, MT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Prairie County, MT employs 626 people. The largest industries in Prairie County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (182 people), Public Administration (100 people), and Retail Trade (81 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,696), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,714), and Construction ($40,313).

Median household income in Prairie County, MT is $50,850. Males in Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,850

2017 value

± $6,481

13.9%

1 Year Growth

± 14.4%

Households in Prairie County, MT have a median annual income of $50,850, 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 $44,643 in 2016, which represents a 13.9% 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 Prairie 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 Prairie 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 Prairie 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 Prairie 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. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Prairie County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $42,383, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Prairie County, MT (130 out of 1.29k 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 75+ and then Females 12 - 14.

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

    130 ± 64

  2. Black

    0 ± 51

  3. Native American

    0 ± 51

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

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

626

2017 Value

± 101

10.2%

1 Year growth

± 21.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Prairie County, MT grew at a rate of 10.2%, from 568 employees to 626 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Prairie County, MT, are Management Occupations (237 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (54 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Prairie County, MT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Prairie County, MT, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (237 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (54 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Prairie County, MT has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.68 times higher than expected), Management Occupations (3.72 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Prairie County, MT, by median earnings, are Material Moving Occupations ($63,077), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($49,643), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($49,286).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

626

2017 Value

± 101

10.2%

1 Year growth

± 21.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Prairie County, MT grew at a rate of 10.2%, from 568 employees to 626 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Prairie County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (182 people), Public Administration (100 people), and Retail Trade (81 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Prairie County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (182 people), Public Administration (100 people), and Retail Trade (81 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Prairie County, MT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (24.6 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.72 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Prairie County, MT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,696), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,714), and Construction ($40,313).

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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.

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Health

93.6% of the population of Prairie County, MT has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 22% on Medicare, 20.7% on non-group plans, and 2.83% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Prairie County, MT see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 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

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Prairie County, MT see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 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%).

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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

6.43%

Uninsured

37.6%

Employer Coverage

10.4%

Medicaid

22%

Medicare

20.7%

Non-Group

2.83%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Prairie County, MT declined by 37.7% from 10.3% to 6.43%.

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

Prairie County, MT is home to a population of 1.33k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.604% of Prairie County, MT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Prairie County, MT is composed of 1.31k White Alone residents (98.6%), 17 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.28%), 1 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0755%), 0 Two or More Races residents (0%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 Black or African American Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Prairie County, MT are German (30 speakers), Russian (8 speakers), and Spanish or Spanish Creole (1 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

N/A

Median Native-Born Age

± N/A

N/A

Median Foreign-Born Age

± N/A

In 2017, the median age of all people in Prairie County, MT was 51. Native-born citizens, with a median age of N/A, were generally N/A than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of N/A. But people in Prairie County, MT are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Prairie County, MT residents was 51.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.604%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.84%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.604% of Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT was 1.84%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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 Prairie County, MT was Canada, the natal country of 4,272 Prairie County, MT residents, followed by Mexico with 2,817 and Philippines with 2,040.

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Citizenship

99.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.9% of Prairie County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Prairie County, MT was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.31k ± 136

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    17 ± 33.8

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1 ± 3

In 2017, there were 76.9 times more White Alone residents (1.31k people) in Prairie County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 17 Hispanic or Latino and 1 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Prairie County, MT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. German

    30 speakers (2.3%)

  2. Russian

    8 speakers (0.613%)

  3. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1 speakers (0.0766%)

2.99% of Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT was German. 2.3% of the overall population of Prairie County, MT are native German speakers. 0.613% speak Russian and 0.0766% speak German, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    69 ± 32

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    44 ± 33

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    8 ± 19

Prairie County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.57 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Prairie County, MT was $100,700 in 2017, which is 0.463 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $80,600 to $100,700, a 24.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Prairie County, MT is 88.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Prairie County, MT have an average commute time of 10.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Prairie 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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$50,850

Median Household Income

± $6,481

549

Number of Households

± 92

In 2017, the median household income of the 549 households in Prairie County, MT grew to $50,850 from the previous year's value of $44,643.

The following chart displays the households in Prairie 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$100,700

2017 Median

± $34,376

$80,600

2016 Median

± $12,153

In 2017, the median property value in Prairie County, MT grew to to $100,700 from the previous year's value of $80,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

88.7%

2017 Homeownership

91.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 88.7% of the housing units in Prairie County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 91.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Prairie 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 Prairie County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Prairie County, MT have 2 cars, followed by 5 cars.

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Commute Time

10.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Prairie County, MT have a shorter commute time (10.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.969% of the workforce in Prairie County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    60.7%

  2. Worked At Home

    17.6%

  3. Walked

    11.7%

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

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