Lake County, MT

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2022 Population
31,509
1.54% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.7
2.34% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
19%
0.39% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$58,009
9.13% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$337,700
16.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
13,316
2.13% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lake County, MT had a population of 31.5k people with a median age of 43.7 and a median household income of $58,009. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lake County, MT grew from 31,030 to 31,509, a 1.54% increase and its median household income grew from $53,154 to $58,009, a 9.13% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lake County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.3%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (21.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (9.03%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.45%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (1.03%).

None of the households in Lake 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.

98.7% of the residents in Lake County, MT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake County, MT are Salish Kootenai College (136 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Lake County, MT was $337,700, and the homeownership rate was 71.9%.

Most people in Lake County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake County, MT was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Lake County, MT is home to a population of 31.5k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.5% of Lake County, MT residents were born outside of the country (787 people).

In 2022, there were 3.05 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.3k people) in Lake County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.64k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 2.85k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.7%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.7% of Lake County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lake County, MT was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lake County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.3k ± 198
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    6.64k ± 435
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.85k ± 471
4.46%
Hispanic Population
1.41k people

In 2022, there were 3.05 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.3k people) in Lake County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.64k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 2.85k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.46% of the people in Lake County, MT are hispanic (1.41k people).

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

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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

2.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
787 people
2.43%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
753 people

As of 2022, 2.5% of Lake County, MT residents (787 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 Lake County, MT was 2.43%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,119 ± 163
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    513 ± 160
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    355 ± 98

Lake County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lake County, MT employs 13.3k people. The largest industries in Lake County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,035 people), Retail Trade (1,471 people), and Educational Services (1,406 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,094), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,281), and Wholesale Trade ($58,286).

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

13.3k
2022 Value
± 701
2.13%
1 Year growth
± 7.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lake County, MT grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 13k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake County, MT, are Management Occupations (1,558 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,375 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,272 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

13.3k
2022 Value
± 701
2.13%
1 Year growth
± 7.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lake County, MT grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 13k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,035 people), Retail Trade (1,471 people), and Educational Services (1,406 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Lake County, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,334
Median earning men ± $2,799
$28,999
Median earning women ± $3,168

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($71,250), Information ($58,750), and Wholesale Trade ($58,679).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($51,328), Public Administration ($47,407), and Wholesale Trade ($46,518).

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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. 231
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 158
    Construction
  3. 145
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lake County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 56.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.33%).

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.

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

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lake County, MT awarded 136 degrees. The student population of Lake County, MT in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 177 male students and 442 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake County, MT are American Indian or Alaska Native (92 and 67.6%), followed by White (41 and 30.1%), Asian (1 and 0.735%), and Black or African American (1 and 0.735%).

The largest universities in Lake County, MT by number of degrees awarded are Salish Kootenai College (136 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lake County, MT are Registered Nursing (21 and 15.4%), General Psychology (12 and 8.82%), and Dental Assisting (12 and 8.82%).

The median tuition cost in Lake County, MT for a public four year colleges is $5,076 for in-state students and $10,260 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 619 students enrolled in Lake County, MT, 28.6% men and 71.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in American Indian or Alaska Native with 453 records, of which 70.2% were women and 29.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 18 degrees awarded
  2. 7 degrees awarded
  3. 5 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lake County, MT was Registered Nursing with 18 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
136 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Salish Kootenai College with 136 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 41 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake County, MT, which is 0.432 times less than the 95 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 92 degrees mean that there were 2.24 times more degrees awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 41 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($5,076) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,323) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,500) 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 Lake County, MT was $337,700 in 2022, which is 1.2 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $289,300 to $337,700, a 16.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Lake County, MT is 71.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lake County, MT have an average commute time of 21.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lake County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lake County, MT is $58,009. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lake County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $84,181, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 9407, with respective values of $83,289 and $64,868.

In 2022, 16.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lake County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.522%.

Property

$337,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$15,175
$8,669
Median Property Taxes
±$476

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 Lake County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

71.9%
Homeownership
2022
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.9% of the housing units in Lake County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1
  2. Census Tract 2
  3. Census Tract 9407

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake County, MT was Census Tract 1 with a value of $84,181, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 9407, with respective values of $83,289 and $64,868.

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

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Household Income

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$58,009
Median Household Income
± $2,463
12.1k
Number of Households
± 586

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.1k households in Lake County, MT grew to $58,009 from the previous year's value of $53,154.

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lake 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 (70%)
  2. Carpooled (13.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (10%)

In 2022, 70% of workers in Lake County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.2%) and those who worked at home (10%).

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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Commute Time

21.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake County, MT have a shorter commute time (21.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.65% of the workforce in Lake 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 Lake County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lake County, MT have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lake County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.522%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake County, MT (5.9k out of 31.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

In 2022, 24.1% of the children was living in poverty in Lake County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 446 in Lake County, MT. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 60.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

84.6% of the population of Lake County, MT has health coverage, with 26.8% on employee plans, 23.3% on Medicaid, 17.1% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 2.72% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lake County, MT see 1218 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.38% decrease from the previous year (1315 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1148 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 365 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,218 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lake County, MT

Primary care physicians in Lake County, MT see an average of 1,218 patients per year. This represents a 7.38% decrease from the previous year (1,315 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.7% under 18 years, 16.8% between 18 and 34 years, 36.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

15.4%
Uninsured
26.8%
Employer Coverage
23.3%
Medicaid
17.1%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
2.72%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake County, MT grew by 10.4% from 14% to 15.4%.

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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 91.3 in Lake 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 33.6% in Lake 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 15.6% in Lake County, MT.

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