Heron, Montana

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Population in 2010: 282.
Population change since 2000: +89.3%
Males: 110  (39.2%)
Females: 172  (60.8%)
Median resident age:

62.8 years
Montana median age:

40.5 years

Zip code: 59844

Estimated median household income in 2019: $46,354 (it was $28,750 in 2000)
Heron:

$46,354
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $60,680 (it was $14,725 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $277,464 (it was $95,000 in 2000)
Heron:

$277,464
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $173,571; detached houses: $203,454; mobile homes: $53,379

Median gross rent in 2019: $679.

March 2019 cost of living index in Heron: 89.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 13.7%
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  • Races in Heron, MT (2019)
    • 13393.7%White alone
    • 74.9%Hispanic



According to our research of Montana and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Heron, Montana as of October 23, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Heron is 103 to 1.


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Ancestries: Scotch-Irish (24.5%), Danish (16.3%), German (16.3%), Swiss (10.2%), Irish (8.2%), Swedish (8.2%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 2253 feet

Land area: 3.39 square miles.

Population density: 83 people per square mile   (very low).

Heron, Montana map

2 residents are foreign born

This place:

1.3%
Montana:

1.8%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Heron CDP:

0.7% ($671)
Montana:

1.3% ($1,212)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spokane Valley, WA (65.0 miles , pop. 89,755).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (289.6 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (974.4 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Noxon, MT (3.1 miles ),
Clark Fork, ID (3.4 miles ),
East Hope, ID (4.5 miles),
Hope, ID (4.6 miles),
Trout Creek, MT (4.8 miles ),
Murray, ID (4.9 miles ),
Troy, MT (5.3 miles ),
Pioneer Junction, MT (5.3 miles )

Latitude: 48.06 N, Longitude: 115.96 W

Distribution of median household income in Heron, MT in 2019
Distribution of house value in Heron, MT in 2019

Heron satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.6%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in Heron, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (35.1%)
  • Educational services (13.5%)
  • U. S. Postal service (8.1%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (8.1%)
  • Health care (8.1%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (5.4%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (36.8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (10.5%)
  • Construction (10.5%)
  • Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers (10.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.5%)
  • Educational services (10.5%)
  • Repair & maintenance (10.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (33.3%)
  • U. S. Postal service (16.7%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (16.7%)
  • Educational services (16.7%)
  • Health care (16.7%)
Most common occupations in Heron, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (13.5%)
  • Extraction workers (10.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.1%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (8.1%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (8.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (8.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Extraction workers (21.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (15.8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (10.5%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (10.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (10.5%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.5%)
  • Bus drivers (10.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (16.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (16.7%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (16.7%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (16.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (16.7%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (16.7%)
  • Financial managers (0.0%)

Average climate in Heron, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Heron-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 826% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 349.9 miles away from Heron center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 294.1 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 309.7 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 251.8 miles away from Heron center
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW) earthquake occurred 315.9 miles away from the city center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.8 MD, Depth: 32.2 mi) earthquake occurred 321.6 miles away from Heron center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sanders County (10) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Fires: 3, Storms: 3, Landslides: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Heron topographic map

Airports located in Heron:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Heron:

  • North Idaho College (about 47 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; Full-time enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 71 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 71 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Gonzaga University (about 73 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 75 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 86 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)
  • University of Idaho (about 105 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)

Private high schools in Heron:

  • MONARCH SCHOOL (Students: 60, Location: 26 ASPEN LN, Grades: 9-12)
  • ELK MOUNTAIN ACADEMY (Students: 12, Location: 54 SERENITY LN, Grades: 9-12, Boys only)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Heron: Heron (A), Laurie Hill Library (B), Heron Rural Fire District (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Heron: First Baptist Church of Heron (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Heron Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Sanders County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Heron and their reported violations in the past:

HERON COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 84, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-27-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from MAY-27-2014 to MAY-27-2014), St Public Notif received (JUN-06-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-09-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (3 times from AUG-25-2006 to AUG-25-2006), St Public Notif requested (AUG-25-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from AUG-25-2006 to AUG-25-2006), St Public Notif requested (AUG-25-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-25-2006), St Public Notif requested (AUG-25-2006), St Other (MAR-21-2008), St Civil Case under development (MAY-01-2008), St Other (MAY-01-2008), St AO (w/penalty) issued (OCT-28-2008), St Compliance achieved (NOV-19-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Lead Consumer Notice - In JAN-01-2012, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-15-2012), St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2012)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-19-2008), St Public Notif requested (JAN-19-2008), St Other (2 times from MAR-21-2008 to MAY-01-2008), St Civil Case under development (MAY-01-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-15-2008), St AO (w/penalty) issued (OCT-28-2008), St Public Notif received (NOV-28-2008)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2001, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-21-2005)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-1997, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-31-2000), St Compliance achieved (JUL-15-2008)
  • 15 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This place:

2.7 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

60.0%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

1.0%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Heron:

Marital status in Heron, MT
  • Never married: 9.9%
  • Now married: 49.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 16.2%
  • Divorced: 24.2%

For population 25 years and over in Heron:

  • High school or higher: 80.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 5.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.7
Montana average:

9.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Heron, MT (based on Sanders County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,33318
Other5434
Mainline Protestant4479
Catholic3504
None8,740-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Here:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.91 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Sanders County:

10.90 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.5%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Sanders County:

22.3%
Montana:

23.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.5%
Montana:

10.7%

5.09% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($32,639 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.09%
Montana average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Missoula County, MT  0.83% ($27,606 average AGI)
to Lake County, MT  0.68% ($24,963)

Strongest AM radio stations in Heron:

  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KJRB (790 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMAX (840 AM; 10 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Heron:

  • KIBX (92.1 FM; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KPND (95.3 FM; SANDPOINT, ID; Owner: BLUE SKY BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KTWD (97.5 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KHTQ (94.5 FM; HAYDEN, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMJY-FM (104.5 FM; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: ALC COMMUNICATIONS)
  • KDRK-FM (93.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIXZ-FM (96.1 FM; OPPORTUNITY, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMBI-FM (107.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KPBX-FM (91.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KICR (102.3 FM; COEUR D'ALENE, ID; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Heron:

  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))

Heron fatal accident list:

Jan 12, 2015 07:27 AM, Cr-Railroad Avenue, Cr-Clark Fork Road, Lat: 48.066558, Lon: -115.983036, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 7Number of bridges
  • 95ft / 28.5mTotal length
  • $1,526,000Total costs
  • 875Total average daily traffic
  • 700Total future (year 1919) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Heron)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182F (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 119 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3340U, N3340U, N-3340U, Serial Number: 18254740, Year manufactured: 1963, Airworthiness Date: 03/29/1963, Certificate Issue Date: 12/13/2001
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Fred D Gingerich, Po Box 206, Heron, MT 59844, Other Owners: Darryl F Gingerich
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 185A (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 125 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR I0-470 SERIES (260 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4072Y, N4072Y, N-4072Y, Serial Number: 185-0272, Year manufactured: 1961, Airworthiness Date: 12/09/1961, Certificate Issue Date: 09/23/2015
    Registrant (Individual): Douglas C Compton, 127 Mt Highway 200, Heron, MT 59844

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Heron, MT
  • 58.0%Wood
  • 34.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.7%Electricity
  • 3.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Heron, MT
  • 68.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 31.2%Wood


Heron compared to Montana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There are 4 pilots and 3 other airmen in this city.
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