Prairie County, MT

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2022 Population
1,283
4.56% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
47.2
1.87% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
22.3%
35.2% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$44,107
0.883% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$140,600
21.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Prairie County, MT had a population of 1.28k people with a median age of 47.2 and a median household income of $44,107. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Prairie County, MT grew from 1,227 to 1,283, a 4.56% increase and its median household income declined from $44,500 to $44,107, a −0.883% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Prairie County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.7%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (5.3%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.98%), Other (Hispanic) (0.546%), and White (Hispanic) (0.39%).

None of the households in Prairie 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.

95.3% of the residents in Prairie County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Prairie County, MT was $140,600, and the homeownership rate was 75.1%.

Most people in Prairie County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Prairie County, MT was 3 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Prairie County, MT is home to a population of 1.28k people, from which 95.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.11% of Prairie County, MT residents were born outside of the country (104 people).

In 2022, there were 16.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.15k people) in Prairie County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68 Other (Non-Hispanic) and 51 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.3%
2022 Citizenship
97%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.3% of Prairie County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Prairie County, MT was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Prairie County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.15k ± 166
  2. Other (Non-Hispanic)
    68 ± 65
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    51 ± 40
0.935%
Hispanic Population
12 people

In 2022, there were 16.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.15k people) in Prairie County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68 Other (Non-Hispanic) and 51 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

0.935% of the people in Prairie County, MT are hispanic (12 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

8.11%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
104 people
6.03%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
74 people

As of 2022, 8.11% of Prairie County, MT residents (104 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 Prairie County, MT was 6.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    51 ± 35
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    18 ± 19
  3. Korea
    2 ± 12

Prairie County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.83 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Prairie County, MT employs 560 people. The largest industries in Prairie County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (154 people), Accommodation & Food Services (90 people), and Construction (42 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($78,750), Transportation & Warehousing ($65,809), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,294).

Occupations

560
2022 Value
± 118
−0.356%
1 Year decline
± 29.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Prairie County, MT declined at a rate of −0.356%, from 562 employees to 560 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Prairie County, MT, are Management Occupations (178 people), Production Occupations (81 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (59 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Prairie County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

560
2022 Value
± 118
−0.356%
1 Year decline
± 29.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Prairie County, MT declined at a rate of −0.356%, from 562 employees to 560 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Prairie County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (154 people), Accommodation & Food Services (90 people), and Construction (42 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,923
Median earning men ± $17,445
$16,313
Median earning women ± $2,715

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,956), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($58,750), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($44,167).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($42,950), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($16,979), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($15,221).

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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. 10
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 8
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  3. 8
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Prairie County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 81% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (16.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.02%).

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

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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Race

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 Prairie County, MT was $140,600 in 2022, which is 0.499 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $115,800 to $140,600, a 21.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Prairie County, MT is 75.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Prairie County, MT have an average commute time of 15.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Prairie County, MT is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Property

$140,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$51,722
$364
Median Property Taxes
±$83

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Prairie County, MT compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.1%
Homeownership
2022
48.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.1% of the housing units in Prairie County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.6%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 1
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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Household Income

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$44,107
Median Household Income
± $9,319
485
Number of Households
± 94

In 2022, the median household income of the 485 households in Prairie County, MT declined from $44,107 from the previous year's value of $44,500.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Prairie 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 (48.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (24.5%)
  3. Walked (14.1%)

In 2022, 48.8% of workers in Prairie County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (24.5%) and those who walked to work (14.1%).

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

15.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Prairie County, MT have a shorter commute time (15.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.477% of the workforce in Prairie 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 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 3 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

22.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Prairie County, MT (278 out of 1.25k 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 65 - 74, followed by Males 65 - 74 and then Males 75+.

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

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

94.2% of the population of Prairie County, MT has health coverage, with 21.6% on employee plans, 28.7% on Medicaid, 23.7% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 5.63% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 52.8% were men and 47.2% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 7.86% between 18 and 34 years, 36.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 30.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 52.8% were men and 47.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.79%
Uninsured
21.6%
Employer Coverage
28.7%
Medicaid
23.7%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
5.63%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Prairie County, MT grew by 34.6% from 4.3% to 5.79%.

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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 31.1% in Prairie County, MT.

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