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Population in 2010: 282. Population change since 2000: +89.3%
Males: 147  (52.3%)
Females: 135  (47.7%)

Median resident age:  36.0 years
Montana median age:  38.3 years

Zip code: 59844

Estimated median household income in 2012: $41,319 (it was $28,750 in 2000)
Heron:

$41,319
MT:

$45,076
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,426

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $136,631 (it was $95,000 in 2000)
Heron:

$136,631
MT:

$184,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $170,871; Detached houses: $184,154; Mobile homes: $134,896

Median gross rent in 2012: $706.

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  • White alone - 264 (93.6%)
  • Hispanic - 10 (3.5%)
  • Black alone - 4 (1.4%)
  • Two or more races - 3 (1.1%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.4%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Heron: 90.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (27.1%), German (14.1%), English (13.3%), Swedish (8.0%), Danish (6.8%), Dutch (2.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 2253 feet

Land area: 3.39 square miles.

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




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For population 25 years and over in Heron:

  • High school or higher: 82.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Heron CDP:

  • Never married: 13.7%
  • Now married: 72.5%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

2 residents are foreign born

This place:  1.3%
Montana:  1.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $822 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $872 (1.0%)

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

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (297.3 miles , pop. 563,374).

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

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

10.2%
Montana:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (59%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (15%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Educational services (62%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Extraction workers (21%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (16%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (11%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Bus drivers (11%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (17%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (17%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (17%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (17%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (17%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (17%)


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Earthquake activity:

Heron-area historical earthquake activity is near Montana state average. It is 17% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/22/1998 at 01:17:47, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, 4.6 ML, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 35.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/2/1995 at 19:31:02, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.2 ML, 4.5 ML, Depth: 5.6 mi) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from Heron center
On 3/22/2006 at 17:24:32, a magnitude 4.3 (3.6 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.2 ML, Depth: 5.1 mi) earthquake occurred 63.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/17/1994 at 06:56:49, a magnitude 4.1 (3.6 ML, 4.1 ML, Depth: 1.0 mi) earthquake occurred 41.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/20/1998 at 16:33:06, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, 3.7 MD, Depth: 4.5 mi) earthquake occurred 42.7 miles away from Heron center
On 6/29/1995 at 18:10:50, a magnitude 4.1 (3.7 ML, 4.1 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 69.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sanders County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Fires: 3, Storms: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Landslide: 1, Snow: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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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: 3,090)
  • Spokane Community College (about 71 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 4,944)
  • Whitworth University (about 71 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,381)
  • Gonzaga University (about 73 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 5,437)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 75 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 4,852)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 85 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 9,533)
  • University of Idaho (about 105 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 9,625)

Private high schools in Heron:

  • MONARCH SCHOOL (Students: 72; Location: ASPEN LN; Grades: 9 - 12)
  • ELK CREEK ACADEMY (Students: 8; Location: 54 SERENITY LN; Grades: 9 - 12; Boys only)

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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:

MONARCH SCHOOL (Population served: 112, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
HERON COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2001, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (JUN-09-2001), St Public Notif requested (JUN-09-2001), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-09-2001), St Compliance achieved (NOV-02-2001)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-01-2001 and SEP-21-2005, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-21-2005)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between JAN-1997 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-31-2000)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • 64 regular monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 7.7%
(4.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Heron, MT

Heron compared to Montana state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Heron travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (42%)
  • Electricity (32%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18%)
  • Other fuel (6%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

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Religion statistics for Heron CDP (based on Sanders County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 34.67%
Here34.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodChristian and Missionary Alliance
Adherents25.8%20.3%12.1%11.6%6.0%
Congregations13.8%10.3%10.3%6.9%6.9%
NameUnited Methodist ChurchConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceSouthern Baptist ConventionChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents4.4%3.8%3.1%3.0%9.9%
Congregations17.2%3.4%3.4%3.4%24.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Sanders County:

4.54 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

0.91 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

10.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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:
This county:

14.5%
State:

10.7%

8.53% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($42,533 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.53%
Montana average:

8.25%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Missoula County, MT  0.83% ($31,065 average AGI)
from Flathead County, MT  0.38% ($22,714)
from Lake County, MT  0.30% ($22,364)


8.13% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,007 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.13%
Montana average:

7.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Missoula County, MT  1.22% ($21,733 average AGI)
to Lake County, MT  0.68% ($23,680)
to Flathead County, MT  0.59% ($23,227)

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))

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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

FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • Aircraft: STINSON 108-3 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 94 mph), Engine: FRANKLIN 6A-350SER (235 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4186G , Serial Number: 108-4824, Year manufactured: 1948, Airworthiness Date: 06/28/1991
    Registrant (Individual): Douglas C Compton, 127 Highway 200, Heron, MT 59844
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 175A (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: FRANKLIN 6A&6V335 SER (210 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7056E , Serial Number: 56556, Year manufactured: 1960, Airworthiness Date: 02/26/1960
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Milton H Mosley, 109 Cottonwood Rd, Heron, MT 59844, Other Owners: Diane Mosley
  • Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 67 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C75 SERIES (75 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7184H , Serial Number: 20442, Year manufactured: 1948, Airworthiness Date: 05/15/1957
    Registrant (Partnership): Barbara Russ, 341 Hacker Rd, Heron, MT 59844, Other Owners: Russ Harris
  • Aircraft: ANGUS WATT ZENAIR STOLCH 750 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 750RH , Serial Number: 75-7832
    Registrant (Partnership): Barbara Russ, 321 Harker Rd, Heron, MT 59844, Other Owners: Russ Harris


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4

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