Pondera County, MT

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2022 Population
5,987
0.218% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.6
0.726% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
21.6%
22.9% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$59,861
7.15% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$172,000
14.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Pondera County, MT had a population of 5.99k people with a median age of 41.6 and a median household income of $59,861. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Pondera County, MT grew from 5,974 to 5,987, a 0.218% increase and its median household income grew from $55,865 to $59,861, a 7.15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Pondera County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.9%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (16.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (0.835%), and White (Hispanic) (0.752%).

None of the households in Pondera 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% of the residents in Pondera County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Pondera County, MT was $172,000, and the homeownership rate was 66.7%.

Most people in Pondera County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Pondera County, MT was 3 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Pondera County, MT is home to a population of 5.99k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.85% of Pondera County, MT residents were born outside of the country (111 people).

In 2022, there were 4.82 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.72k people) in Pondera County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 979 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 132 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99%
2022 Citizenship
98.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99% of Pondera County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Pondera County, MT was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Pondera County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.72k ± 42
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    979 ± 43
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    132 ± 58
2.36%
Hispanic Population
141 people

In 2022, there were 4.82 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.72k people) in Pondera County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 979 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 132 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.36% of the people in Pondera County, MT are hispanic (141 people).

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Foreign-Born Population

1.85%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
111 people
2.54%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
152 people

As of 2022, 1.85% of Pondera County, MT residents (111 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 Pondera County, MT was 2.54%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    166 ± 51
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    107 ± 53
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    60 ± 36

Pondera County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Pondera County, MT employs 2.64k people. The largest industries in Pondera County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (493 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (349 people), and Educational Services (277 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($79,231), Transportation & Warehousing ($65,625), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,625).

Occupations

2.64k
2022 Value
± 250
−2.58%
1 Year decline
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pondera County, MT declined at a rate of −2.58%, from 2.71k employees to 2.64k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pondera County, MT, are Management Occupations (417 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (247 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (239 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pondera County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

2.64k
2022 Value
± 250
−2.58%
1 Year decline
± 13.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Pondera County, MT declined at a rate of −2.58%, from 2.71k employees to 2.64k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pondera County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (493 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (349 people), and Educational Services (277 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,483
Median earning men ± $9,597
$29,867
Median earning women ± $4,298

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($82,885), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,750), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($50,000).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($48,177), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,250), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($33,333).

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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%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 45
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 39
    Manufacturing
  3. 37
    Wholesale Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Pondera County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 67.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (30.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.04%).

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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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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.

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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 Pondera County, MT was $172,000 in 2022, which is 0.61 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $149,700 to $172,000, a 14.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Pondera County, MT is 66.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Pondera County, MT have an average commute time of 16.5 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.

Property

$172,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$16,137
$1,436
Median Property Taxes
±$147

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 Pondera County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%
Homeownership
2022
65.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.7% of the housing units in Pondera County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9770
  2. Census Tract 9772

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

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Household Income

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$59,861
Median Household Income
± $5,731
2.15k
Number of Households
± 194

In 2022, the median household income of the 2.15k households in Pondera County, MT grew to $59,861 from the previous year's value of $55,865.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pondera 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 (70.4%)
  2. Walked (13.6%)
  3. Carpooled (8.02%)

In 2022, 70.4% of workers in Pondera County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (13.6%) and those who carpooled to work (8.02%).

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

16.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pondera County, MT have a shorter commute time (16.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% of the workforce in Pondera County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pondera County, MT (1.27k out of 5.89k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 35 - 44.

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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Health

92.6% of the population of Pondera County, MT has health coverage, with 29.6% on employee plans, 34.3% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 2.77% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pondera County, MT see 1970 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1991 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5782 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 642 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.4% were men and 49.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,970 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pondera County, MT

Primary care physicians in Pondera County, MT see an average of 1,970 patients per year. This represents a 1.05% decrease from the previous year (1,991 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.2% under 18 years, 17.3% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.4% were men and 49.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.39%
Uninsured
29.6%
Employer Coverage
34.3%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
2.77%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pondera County, MT declined by 6.33% from 7.89% to 7.39%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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 33.8% in Pondera County, MT.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.7% in Pondera County, MT.

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