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Sheridan County

Population in 2012: 237 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -11.9%
 

Males: 116  (49.3%)
Females: 121  (50.7%)

Median resident age:  48.1 years
Montana median age:  44.1 years

Zip codes: 59247.

Estimated median household income in 2011: $40,439 (it was $28,750 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$40,439
Montana:

$44,222
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $22,160

Medicine Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $60,275 (it was $25,700 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$60,275
Montana:

$184,100
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $73,524; Detached houses: $80,714; Mobile homes: $26,786

Median gross rent in 2011: $438.

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Medicine Lake races chart
  • White alone - 204 (90.7%)
  • Two or more races - 10 (4.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 9 (4.0%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.9%)

Races in Medicine Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Medicine Lake: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: Norwegian (25.8%), German (25.0%), Irish (14.5%), Danish (5.8%), United States (4.7%), French Canadian (3.7%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 1951 feet

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 580 people per square mile 
 
 (low).




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For population 25 years and over in Medicine Lake:

  • High school or higher: 93.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.8%
  • Unemployed: 2.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Medicine Lake town:

  • Never married: 25.5%
  • Now married: 54.5%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 12.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  0.7%
Montana:  1.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $625 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $673 (1.1%)

Medicine Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bismarck, ND (209.1 miles , pop. 55,532).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (585.3 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (937.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Reserve, MT (2.7 miles) , Fort Peck Reservation, MT (3.0 miles) , Froid, MT (3.4 miles) , Antelope, MT (3.6 miles) , Plentywood, MT (4.4 miles ), East Roosevelt, MT (4.4 miles ), Culbertson, MT (4.9 miles ), Grenora, ND (5.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $17,500
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $162,500

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Latitude: 48.50 N, Longitude: 104.50 W

Area code: 406

Medicine Lake household income distribution Medicine Lake home values distribution

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.1%
Montana:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -90 (-25.1%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • Utilities (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Utilities (24%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Finance and insurance (17%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (31%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Medicine Lake-area historical tornado activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/2/1971, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 2.6 miles away from the Medicine Lake town center .

On 9/21/1969, a category F2 tornado 14.6 miles away from the town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Medicine Lake-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/29/1998 at 03:31:58, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MB, 3.7 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 13.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/11/1998 at 11:59:37, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 21.8 miles away from Medicine Lake center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

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

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Political contributions by individuals in Medicine Lake, MT

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Medicine Lake:

  • Minot State University (about 149 miles; Minot, ND; Full-time enrollment: 2,416)
  • Bismarck State College (about 208 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,710)
  • University of Mary (about 215 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,016)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 266 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 2,629)
  • Black Hills State University (about 279 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 2,551)
  • University of North Dakota (about 345 miles; Grand Forks, ND; FT enrollment: 10,215)
  • Montana State University (about 365 miles; Bozeman, MT; FT enrollment: 9,518)

Public high school in Medicine Lake:

Public elementary/middle schools in Medicine Lake:

See full list of schools located in Medicine Lake, School District: MEDICINE LAKE K-12 SCHOOLS


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Notable locations in Medicine Lake: Medicine Lake (A), Olson Trading (B), Medicine Lake Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Medicine Lake include: Medicine Lake Lutheran Church (A), Union Congregational Church (B), Saint Patricks Catholic Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Medicine Lake include: McInenly Park (1), Medicine Lake Memorial Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Sheridan 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 Medicine Lake and their reported violations in the past:

MEDICINE LAKE TOWN OF (Population served: 357, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-1997, Contaminant: Coliform
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-01-2005 and JUN-02-2006, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-01-2004 and JUN-02-2006, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JUL-01-2003 and JUN-02-2006, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Water Quality Parameter WQP M&R - Between JUL-2003 and DEC-2003, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-03-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-03-2005)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JAN-01-2003 and JUN-02-2006, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
  • 10 other older monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 9.7%
(10.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Montana:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  59.6%
Whole state:  62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  1.8%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Medicine Lake, MT

Medicine Lake compared to Montana state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Medicine Lake travel time to work - commute


Medicine Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (66%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • Electricity (4%)
  • No fuel used (3%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results



Religion statistics for Medicine Lake (based on Sheridan County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.76%
Here75.8%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents56.2%29.1%3.9%2.8%8.0%
Congregations40.0%16.0%8.0%8.0%28.0%
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: 2
Here:

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Sheridan County:

26.75 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Sheridan County:

8.7%
State:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.0%
State:

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

13.0%
Montana:

10.7%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$1,729
Firefighters 0$0 1$50
Streets and Highways 1$3,132$37,5840$0
Totals for Government 1$3,132$37,5847$1,779

Medicine Lake government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $28,000 ($118.14)
    Parks & Recreation: $22,000 ($92.83)
    Solid Waste Management: $21,000 ($88.61)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $18,000 ($75.95)
    Regular Highways: $15,000 ($63.29)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($59.07)
    General - Other: $13,000 ($54.85)
    Police Protection: $8,000 ($33.76)
    General Public Buildings: $8,000 ($33.76)
    Sewerage: $6,000 ($25.32)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($12.66)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($8.44)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $59,000 ($248.95)

Medicine Lake government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $19,000 ($80.17)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($12.66)
    All Other: $2,000 ($8.44)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $17,000 ($71.73)
    Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($21.10)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $40,000 ($168.78)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $17,000 ($71.73)
    Highways: $12,000 ($50.63)
    All Other: $2,000 ($8.44)
  • Tax - Property: $48,000 ($202.53)

Medicine Lake government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $85,000 ($358.65)

4.21% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($44,403 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.21%
Montana average:

8.25%

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



6.50% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,163 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.50%
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 Yellowstone County, MT  1.06% ($11,938 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Medicine Lake:

  • KATQ (1070 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PLENTYWOOD, MT; Owner: RADIO INTERNAT'L-KATQ B/CAST ASSOC.)
  • KEYZ (660 AM; 5 kW; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KATL (770 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: STAR PRINTING COMPANY)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KMTA (1050 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: SENGER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • KHRT (1320 AM; 10 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: FAITH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTWO (1030 AM; 50 kW; CASPER, WY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCJB (910 AM; 5 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFLN (960 AM; 5 kW; BAKER, MT; Owner: NEWELL BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Medicine Lake:

  • K201FG (88.1 FM; CULBERTSON, MT; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTHC (95.1 FM; SIDNEY, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KYYZ (96.1 FM; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KDSR (101.1 FM; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: WILLISTON COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CORP. D/B/A KDSR(FM))

TV broadcast stations around Medicine Lake:

  • KXMD-TV (Channel 11; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: REITEN TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KWSE (Channel 4; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: PRAIRIE PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 2
Total length: 3 meters (10ft)
Total average daily traffic: 200
Total average daily truck traffic: 6
Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic: 220


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1

    FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

    3
    • Gary Dascher, 0.2 Miles South Of Burma Trail Road (Lat: 48.546472 Lon: -104.584194), Type: 60.7, Overall height: 57.9 m
      Registrant: 2027750070, Welchlaw@earthlink.Net, 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., NW #113
    • Gary Dascher, 0.2 Miles South Of Burma Trail Road (Lat: 48.546472 Lon: -104.584194), Type: 60.7, Overall height: 57.9 m
      Registrant: 2027750070, Welchlaw@earthlink.Net, 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., NW #113
    • Robert Merrigan, 0.2 Miles South Of Burma Trail Road (Lat: 48.546472 Lon: -104.584194), Type: 60.7, Structure height: 30091 m, Overall height: 57.9 m
      Registrant: 2028571470, Welchlaw@earthlink.Net, 1025 CONNECTICUT AVE., NW

    FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

    5
    • Call Sign: KC7FSW
      Grant Date: 01/31/1996, Expiration Date: 09/16/2004, Cancellation Date: 09/19/2006
      Registrant: Bryan J Bartnes, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Call Sign: N7TGC, Licensee ID: L00096799
      Grant Date: 07/02/2001, Expiration Date: 08/06/2011, Certifier: Roger K Schmitz
      Registrant: Roger K Schmitz, 467 Lakeside Box 127, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Call Sign: N7VXY, Licensee ID: L00456895
      Grant Date: 04/05/2012, Expiration Date: 04/05/2022, Certifier: Juanita G Schmitz
      Registrant: Juanita G Schmitz, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Call Sign: N7WSI, Licensee ID: L00454848
      Grant Date: 01/23/2002, Expiration Date: 03/03/2012
      Registrant: Lanza L Garrick, Box 127, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Call Sign: N7WSJ, Licensee ID: L00454847
      Grant Date: 01/23/2002, Expiration Date: 03/03/2012
      Registrant: Leisha A Garrick, Box 127, Medicine Lake, MT 59247

    FAA Registered Aircraft:

    3
    • Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
      N-Number: 2998E , Serial Number: 7AC-6585, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 08/27/1955
      Registrant (Corporation): Cn&g Inc, 128 Marhya Rd, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Aircraft: CESSNA 551 (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 8, Weight: 12,500 - 19,999 Pounds), Engine: P&W CANADA JT15D-4 (2500 Pounds of Thrust) (Turbo-fan)
      N-Number: 46PJ , Serial Number: 551-0027, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 09/05/1986
      Registrant (Corporation): Hamilton Enterprises West LLC, Po Box 56, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    • Aircraft: WEATHERLY AVIATION CO INC 620B (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W R-985 SERIES (450 HP) (Reciprocating)
      N-Number: 90036 , Serial Number: 1605, Year manufactured: 1995, Airworthiness Date: 09/28/1995
      Registrant (Corporation): Cn&g Inc, 128 Marhya Rd, Medicine Lake, MT 59247



    Most common first names in Medicine Lake, MT among deceased individuals
    NameCountLived (average)
    Frank484.5 years
    Ernest378.0 years
    Donald378.0 years
    Andrew378.3 years
    John372.6 years
    Leroy371.1 years
    Marie395.0 years
    Mary384.7 years
    Myrtle377.7 years
    Robert376.7 years
    Most common last names in Medicine Lake, MT among deceased individuals
    Last nameCountLived (average)
    Stringer575.8 years
    Andersen479.8 years
    Andreasen480.5 years
    Hancock484.3 years
    Snellman485.0 years
    Reuter455.3 years
    Tronson378.3 years
    Smith380.3 years
    Herzog383.6 years
    Norton384.3 years

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    • #58 on the list of "Top 100 cities with declining populations from 2000 to 2008"
    • #47 (59247) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of German Russian first ancestries"
    • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
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