Medicine Lake, Montana

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Population in 2019: 223 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -17.1%
 
Males: 107  (48.4%)
Females: 116  (51.6%)
Median resident age:

42.1 years
Montana median age:

40.5 years

Zip codes: 59247.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $48,412 (it was $28,750 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$48,412
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $33,375 (it was $16,405 in 2000)

Medicine Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $113,603 (it was $25,700 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$113,603
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $134,212; detached houses: $136,574; mobile homes: $108,396

Median gross rent in 2019: $718.

March 2019 cost of living index in Medicine Lake: 86.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 2.5%

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  • Races in Medicine Lake, MT (2019)
    • 23797.1%White alone
    • 20.8%American Indian alone
    • 20.8%Two or more races

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Ancestries: European (25.2%), German (16.5%), Norwegian (13.6%), American (10.7%), Lebanese (7.8%), Irish (4.9%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 1951 feet

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 546 people per square mile   (low).

Medicine Lake, Montana map

12 residents are foreign born (0.8% Europe).

This town:

4.9%
Montana:

2.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,380 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $966 (1.0%)

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),
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 ),
Bainville, MT (5.3 miles)

Latitude: 48.50 N, Longitude: 104.50 W

Area code: 406

Distribution of median household income in Medicine Lake, MT in 2019
Distribution of house value in Medicine Lake, MT in 2019
Medicine Lake satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.6%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in Medicine Lake, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (29.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (14.5%)
  • Utilities (11.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.3%)
  • Public administration (6.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.3%)
  • Health care (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (23.1%)
  • Educational services (20.0%)
  • Utilities (16.9%)
  • Public administration (6.2%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.6%)
  • Truck transportation (3.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (42.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (19.2%)
  • Health care (9.6%)
  • Electronic shopping & mail-order houses (5.8%)
  • Public administration (5.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.8%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Medicine Lake, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (17.9%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (8.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5.1%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (12.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (10.8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (9.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (30.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7.7%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.8%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (5.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.8%)
  • Registered nurses (5.8%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.8%)

Average climate in Medicine Lake, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Medicine Lake-area historical earthquake activity is above Montana state average. It is 151% 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 399.4 miles away from Medicine Lake 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 539.0 miles away from Medicine Lake 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 397.1 miles away from Medicine Lake center
On 7/6/2017 at 06:30:17, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 391.9 miles away from Medicine Lake center
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 Medicine Lake center
On 2/25/2014 at 22:45:38, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 19.7 miles away from Medicine Lake center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sheridan County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Medicine Lake topographic map

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

  • Minot State University (about 149 miles; Minot, ND; Full-time enrollment: 2,887)
  • Bismarck State College (about 208 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 3,015)
  • University of Mary (about 214 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 266 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 4,319)
  • Black Hills State University (about 279 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • Sheridan College (about 284 miles; Sheridan, WY; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (about 313 miles; Rapid City, SD; FT enrollment: 2,102)

Public high school in Medicine Lake:

Public elementary/middle schools in Medicine Lake:

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Points of interest:

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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: 600, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006), St Public Notif received (SEP-05-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-2002, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (SEP-20-2004), St Compliance achieved (JUN-02-2006)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One other older monitoring violation
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

For population 15 years and over in Medicine Lake:

Marital status in Medicine Lake, MT
  • Never married: 27.0%
  • Now married: 52.3%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 11.1%

For population 25 years and over in Medicine Lake:

  • High school or higher: 93.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.8%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.2
Montana average:

9.6

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,44911
Evangelical Protestant1,35912
Catholic7842
Other861
None--
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: 2
Sheridan County:

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

5.94 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

26.75 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.7%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.0%
Montana:

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

13.0%
Montana:

10.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.0%
Montana:

51.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.7%
Montana:

50.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

31.8
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Medicine Lake:

30.3%
Montana:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

3.9%
Montana:

9.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.2
State:

6.9

Overweight people:
Here:

43.9%
Montana:

34.8%

General health condition:
This city:

41.2%
Montana:

58.6%

Average condition of hearing:
Medicine Lake:

88.3%
State:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Medicine Lake, MT Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 1$4,070$48,8400$0
Financial Administration 0$0 1$2,022
Firefighters 0$0 1$51
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$153
Totals for Government 1$4,070$48,8407$2,226

Medicine Lake government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $80,000 ($358.74)
    Sewerage: $68,000 ($304.93)
    Regular Highways: $59,000 ($264.57)
    Solid Waste Management: $37,000 ($165.92)
    Financial Administration: $35,000 ($156.95)
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000 ($156.95)
    Central Staff Services: $8,000 ($35.87)
    Local Fire Protection: $6,000 ($26.91)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($8.97)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($17.94)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $114,000 ($511.21)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($58.30)

Medicine Lake government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $81,000 ($363.23)
    Solid Waste Management: $39,000 ($174.89)
    Parks and Recreation: $9,000 ($40.36)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $20,000 ($89.69)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $99,000 ($443.95)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $34,000 ($152.47)
    Sewerage: $25,000 ($112.11)
    Highways: $11,000 ($49.33)
    Other: $8,000 ($35.87)
    Water Utilities: $5,000 ($22.42)
  • Tax - Property: $103,000 ($461.88)

Medicine Lake government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $437,000 ($1959.64)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $427,000 ($1914.80)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000 ($44.84)

Medicine Lake government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $348,000 ($1560.54)

5.92% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($51,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.92%
Montana average:

6.77%

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

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
  • 6Number of bridges
  • 46ft / 13.6mTotal length
  • $96,000Total costs
  • 1,397Total average daily traffic
  • 93Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,463Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Medicine Lake)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • MT02019B, Medicine Lake, Mt 59247 (Mt-06162 Medicine Lake) (Lat: 48.548028 Lon: -104.584861), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 76.2 m, Overall height: 78 m, Call Sign: WRAY275,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, 5945.20 MHz, Grant Date: 04/10/2018, Expiration Date: 04/10/2028, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Fax: (425) 383-4040, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Medicine Lake)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A 150 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4703A, N4703A, N-4703A, Serial Number: 18-4918, Year manufactured: 1957, Airworthiness Date: 06/03/1975, Certificate Issue Date: 07/22/2013
    Registrant (Corporation): Cn&g Inc, 128 Marhya Rd, Medicine Lake, MT 59247
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 11/04/2019

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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Medicine Lake, MT
  • 64.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 20.2%Electricity
  • 9.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.2%Utility gas
  • 2.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Medicine Lake, MT
  • 39.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 36.6%Electricity
  • 19.5%Utility gas
  • 4.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Medicine Lake compared to Montana state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
There are 2 pilots and no other airmen in this city.
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