Knife River, Montana

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Population in 2010: 320. Population change since 2000: +7.7%
Males: 134  (42.0%)
Females: 186  (58.0%)
Median resident age:  43.8 years
Montana median age:  38.3 years

Zip codes: 59262.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,510 (it was $29,792 in 2000)
Knife River:

$28,510
MT:

$45,076
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $14,263 (it was $11,865 in 2000)

Knife River CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $93,410 (it was $40,700 in 2000)
Knife River:

$93,410
MT:

$184,800
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $68,258; Detached houses: $71,616; Mobile homes: $60,422

Median gross rent in 2012: $387.

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  • White alone - 287 (89.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 16 (5.0%)
  • Two or more races - 15 (4.7%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.6%)

Races in Knife River detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Knife River: 85.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (35.6%), Irish (24.6%), Norwegian (5.8%), Danish (4.1%), English (4.1%), French Canadian (1.1%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 3.45 square miles.

Population density: 93 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Knife River:

  • High school or higher: 91.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.3%
  • Unemployed: 12.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Knife River CDP:

  • Never married: 29.2%
  • Now married: 49.1%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 11.0%

7 residents are foreign born (1.3% Europe, 1.0% North America).

This place:  2.4%
Montana:  1.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $740 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $685 (1.0%)

Knife River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bismarck, ND (173.5 miles , pop. 55,532).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: West Adams, CO (525.2 miles , pop. 259,628).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (904.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Savage-Crane, MT (1.9 miles ), Crane, MT (3.0 miles) , Sidney, MT (4.5 miles ), Fox Lake, MT (4.5 miles) , Lambert, MT (5.2 miles ), Glendive, MT (5.4 miles ), West Glendive, MT (5.5 miles ), Fairview, MT (5.6 miles ).

Latitude: 47.45 N, Longitude: 104.34 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 406

Knife River household income distribution Knife River home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.5%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (25%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (10%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Other services, except public administration (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Construction (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (19%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (15%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Cashiers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Secondary school teachers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

Work and jobs in Knife River: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Knife River, Montana

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Earthquake activity:

Knife River-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 43% smaller 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 362.8 miles away from the city 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 512.1 miles away from Knife River center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 361.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 235.7 miles away from the city center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 236.1 miles away from Knife River center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 355.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Richland County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Knife River:

  • Minot State University (about 152 miles; Minot, ND; Full-time enrollment: 2,887)
  • Bismarck State College (about 172 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 3,015)
  • University of Mary (about 177 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • Black Hills State University (about 206 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • Sheridan College (about 224 miles; Sheridan, WY; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 230 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 4,319)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 241 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)

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Notable locations in Knife River: Savage (A), Savage Volunteer Fire Company (B), Savage Museum (C), Richland County Ambulance Savage (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Knife River include: Yellowstone Community Church (A), Saint Michaels Catholic Church (B), First Lutheran Church of Savage (C), First Congregational Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Richland County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 62.8%
(54.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 88.9% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
Montana:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  68.4%
Whole state:  62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.9%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Knife River compared to Montana state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Knife River travel time to work - commute Knife River mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (66%)
  • Electricity (19%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Knife River CDP (based on Richland County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 71.88%
Here: 71.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchAssemblies of GodUnited Methodist Church
Adherents34.0%28.9%7.2%6.2%4.6%
Congregations14.3%17.9%7.1%3.6%3.6%
NameChristian and Missionary AllianceUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceOther
Adherents4.3%3.4%2.9%1.7%6.8%
Congregations14.3%7.1%7.1%3.6%21.4%
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: 4
Richland County:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Richland County:

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Here:

11.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.0%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Richland County:

28.3%
Montana:

23.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.0%
State:

10.7%

8.86% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,297 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.86%
Montana average:

6.86%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Yellowstone County, MT  0.77% ($39,344 average AGI)
from Gallatin County, MT  0.50% ($40,048)
from Flathead County, MT  0.46% ($31,947)


5.56% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,339 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.56%
Montana average:

6.73%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Yellowstone County, MT  0.62% ($50,680 average AGI)
to Ward County, ND  0.27% ($63,727)

Strongest AM radio stations in Knife River:

  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KEYZ (660 AM; 5 kW; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KGLE (590 AM; 1 kW; GLENDIVE, MT; Owner: FRIENDS OF CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • KATL (770 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: STAR PRINTING COMPANY)
  • KMTA (1050 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: SENGER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KFLN (960 AM; 5 kW; BAKER, MT; Owner: NEWELL BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KXGN (1400 AM; 1 kW; GLENDIVE, MT; Owner: GLENDIVE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KATQ (1070 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PLENTYWOOD, MT; Owner: RADIO INTERNAT'L-KATQ B/CAST ASSOC.)
  • KLTC (1460 AM; 5 kW; DICKINSON, ND; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KHRT (1320 AM; 10 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: FAITH BROADCASTING, INC.)
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