Custer County, MT

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2022 Population
11,957
0.0919% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.8
0.465% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
11.1%
9.73% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$61,114
10.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$201,000
8.06% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,245
0.305% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Custer County, MT had a population of 12k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $61,114. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Custer County, MT declined from 11,968 to 11,957, a −0.0919% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,426 to $61,114, a 10.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.73%), White (Hispanic) (2%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.22%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.803%).

None of the households in Custer County, MT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Custer County, MT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Custer County, MT are Miles Community College (123 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Custer County, MT was $201,000, and the homeownership rate was 67.3%.

Most people in Custer County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 12.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Custer County, MT was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Custer County, MT is home to a population of 12k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.88% of Custer County, MT residents were born outside of the country (225 people).

In 2022, there were 18.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.7k people) in Custer County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 566 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 239 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.4% of Custer County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Custer County, MT was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Custer County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.7k ± 103
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    566 ± 139
  3. White (Hispanic)
    239 ± 80
3.6%
Hispanic Population
430 people

In 2022, there were 18.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.7k people) in Custer County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 566 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 239 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.6% of the people in Custer County, MT are hispanic (430 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    3,689 ± 1,489 people
  2. Mexico
    2,900 ± 1,320 people
  3. Germany
    2,151 ± 1,138 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Montana was Canada, the natal country of 3,689 Montana residents, followed by Mexico with 2,900 and Germany with 2,151.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.88%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
225 people
1.78%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
213 people

As of 2022, 1.88% of Custer County, MT residents (225 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Custer County, MT was 1.78%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    365 ± 118
  2. Vietnam
    283 ± 72
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    145 ± 61

Custer County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Custer County, MT employs 6.25k people. The largest industries in Custer County, MT are Retail Trade (1,263 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (925 people), and Educational Services (519 people), and the highest paying industries are Health Care & Social Assistance ($56,517), Construction ($55,190), and Wholesale Trade ($53,750).

Males in Montana have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,691. The income inequality in Montana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

6.25k
2022 Value
± 418
0.305%
1 Year growth
± 9.48%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, MT grew at a rate of 0.305%, from 6.23k employees to 6.25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Custer County, MT, are Sales & Related Occupations (812 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (677 people), and Management Occupations (569 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Custer County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.25k
2022 Value
± 418
0.305%
1 Year growth
± 9.48%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Custer County, MT grew at a rate of 0.305%, from 6.23k employees to 6.25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Custer County, MT, are Retail Trade (1,263 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (925 people), and Educational Services (519 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Custer County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Custer County, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,087
Median earning men ± $3,390
$33,716
Median earning women ± $1,864

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($81,667), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,884), and Construction ($55,459).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($46,993), Manufacturing ($45,000), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,917).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 508k people employed in Montana. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Montana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 134
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 109
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 76
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Custer County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 71.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (25.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.41%).

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.

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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 Montana

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Custer County, MT awarded 123 degrees. The student population of Custer County, MT in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 196 male students and 387 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Custer County, MT are White (105 and 85.4%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (9 and 7.32%), Two or More Races (4 and 3.25%), and Black or African American (2 and 1.63%).

The largest universities in Custer County, MT by number of degrees awarded are Miles Community College (123 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Custer County, MT are General Studies (30 and 24.4%), Registered Nursing (22 and 17.9%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (11 and 8.94%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 583 students enrolled in Custer County, MT, 33.6% men and 66.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 458 records, of which 67.9% were women and 32.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 27 degrees awarded
  2. 22 degrees awarded
  3. 8 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Custer County, MT was General Studies with 27 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
123 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Miles Community College with 123 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 41 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Custer County, MT, which is 0.5 times less than the 82 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 105 degrees mean that there were 11.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,530) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,710) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,100) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.324% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.29% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (252k), Some college (211k), and Bachelors Degree (180k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Custer County, MT was $201,000 in 2022, which is 0.713 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $186,000 to $201,000, a 8.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Custer County, MT is 67.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Custer County, MT have an average commute time of 12.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Custer County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Custer County, MT is $61,114. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Custer County, MT was Census Tract 9619 with a value of $88,536, followed by Census Tract 9613 and Census Tract 9618, with respective values of $83,021 and $60,536.

In 2022, 11.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Custer County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.45%.

Property

$201,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,907
$3,362
Median Property Taxes
±$270

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Custer County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.3%
Homeownership
2022
68.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.3% of the housing units in Custer County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9619
  2. Census Tract 9613
  3. Census Tract 9618

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Custer County, MT was Census Tract 9619 with a value of $88,536, followed by Census Tract 9613 and Census Tract 9618, with respective values of $83,021 and $60,536.

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

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Household Income

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$61,114
Median Household Income
± $7,151
5k
Number of Households
± 370

In 2022, the median household income of the 5k households in Custer County, MT grew to $61,114 from the previous year's value of $55,426.

The following chart displays the households in Custer 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Custer County, MT is from Montana.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Montana
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2022, the income inequality in Montana was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0827% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.3%)
  2. Carpooled (15.9%)
  3. Walked (4.98%)

In 2022, 72.3% of workers in Custer County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.9%) and those who walked to work (4.98%).

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Commute Time

12.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Custer County, MT have a shorter commute time (12.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.922% of the workforce in Custer County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 11.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Custer County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.45%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Custer County, MT (1.28k out of 11.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Custer County, MT is White, followed by Two Or More 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 13.4% of the children was living in poverty in Custer County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 210 in Custer County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 51.1 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92.6% of the population of Custer County, MT has health coverage, with 39.3% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 14.9% on Medicare, 17.2% on non-group plans, and 3.29% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Custer County, MT see 1267 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.32% increase from the previous year (1159 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1613 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 275 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,267 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Custer County, MT

Primary care physicians in Custer County, MT see an average of 1,267 patients per year. This represents a 9.32% increase from the previous year (1,159 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Custer County, MT in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.8% under 18 years, 19.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.43%
Uninsured
39.3%
Employer Coverage
17.9%
Medicaid
14.9%
Medicare
17.2%
Non-Group
3.29%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Custer County, MT grew by 18.1% from 6.29% to 7.43%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Custer County, MT.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30.9% in Custer County, MT.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.47% in Custer County, MT.

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