Sanders County, MT

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2022 Population
12,615
2.58% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
54.7
0.551% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.3%
2.71% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$47,110
0.559% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$285,300
8.27% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Sanders County, MT had a population of 12.6k people with a median age of 54.7 and a median household income of $47,110. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Sanders County, MT grew from 12,298 to 12,615, a 2.58% increase and its median household income grew from $46,848 to $47,110, a 0.559% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sanders County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (89%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.88%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.93%), White (Hispanic) (1.55%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.47%).

None of the households in Sanders 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.

99.6% of the residents in Sanders County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Sanders County, MT was $285,300, and the homeownership rate was 78%.

Most people in Sanders County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Sanders County, MT was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Sanders County, MT is home to a population of 12.6k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.888% of Sanders County, MT residents were born outside of the country (112 people).

In 2022, there were 22.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in Sanders County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 490 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 370 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Sanders County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Sanders County, MT was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sanders County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    11.2k ± 62
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    490 ± 101
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    370 ± 71
3.4%
Hispanic Population
429 people

In 2022, there were 22.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.2k people) in Sanders County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 490 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 370 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.4% of the people in Sanders County, MT are hispanic (429 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.888%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
112 people
1.47%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
181 people

As of 2022, 0.888% of Sanders County, MT residents (112 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 Sanders County, MT was 1.47%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    852 ± 132
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    199 ± 96
  3. Korea
    125 ± 93

Sanders County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Sanders County, MT employs 4.12k people. The largest industries in Sanders County, MT are Health Care & Social Assistance (606 people), Construction (431 people), and Manufacturing (387 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($250,001), Wholesale Trade ($52,727), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($50,050).

Occupations

4.12k
2022 Value
± 372
−3.26%
1 Year decline
± 13.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sanders County, MT declined at a rate of −3.26%, from 4.26k employees to 4.12k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sanders County, MT, are Management Occupations (452 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (451 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (365 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sanders County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

4.12k
2022 Value
± 372
−3.26%
1 Year decline
± 13.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sanders County, MT declined at a rate of −3.26%, from 4.26k employees to 4.12k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sanders County, MT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (606 people), Construction (431 people), and Manufacturing (387 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sanders County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Sanders 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

$39,375
Median earning men ± $3,878
$28,877
Median earning women ± $4,349

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($53,485), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($50,329), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,964).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,125), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($38,866), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($35,529).

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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. 125
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 86
    Manufacturing
  3. 73
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Sanders County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 74.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (23.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.86%).

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.

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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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 Sanders County, MT was $285,300 in 2022, which is 1.01 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $263,500 to $285,300, a 8.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Sanders County, MT is 78%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Sanders County, MT have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sanders County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$285,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$20,433
$4,233
Median Property Taxes
±$372

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 Sanders 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 Sanders County, MT compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

78%
Homeownership
2022
69.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 78% of the housing units in Sanders County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.2%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1
  2. Census Tract 9403

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

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Household Income

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$47,110
Median Household Income
± $4,919
5.43k
Number of Households
± 432

In 2022, the median household income of the 5.43k households in Sanders County, MT grew to $47,110 from the previous year's value of $46,848.

The following chart displays the households in Sanders 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 Sanders 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 (63.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (15.2%)
  3. Carpooled (11.5%)

In 2022, 63.4% of workers in Sanders County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (15.2%) and those who carpooled to work (11.5%).

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

21.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sanders County, MT have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.98% of the workforce in Sanders 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 Sanders County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sanders County, MT have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sanders County, MT (2.03k out of 12.4k 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 Males 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sanders 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

87.7% of the population of Sanders County, MT has health coverage, with 22.8% on employee plans, 24.5% on Medicaid, 23.7% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 4.31% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Sanders County, MT see 1346 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.28% increase from the previous year (1316 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3039 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 338 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,346 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sanders County, MT

Primary care physicians in Sanders County, MT see an average of 1,346 patients per year. This represents a 2.28% increase from the previous year (1,316 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sanders 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 18.8% under 18 years, 11.3% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 31.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.3%
Uninsured
22.8%
Employer Coverage
24.5%
Medicaid
23.7%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
4.31%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sanders County, MT grew by 9.01% from 11.3% to 12.3%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

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

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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 29.9% in Sanders County, MT.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16% in Sanders County, MT.

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