Medicine Lake, Montana

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Population in 2013: 243 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -9.7%
 
Males: 130  (53.7%)
Females: 113  (46.3%)
Median resident age:  38.8 years
Montana median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 59247.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,050 (it was $28,750 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$45,050
MT:

$46,972

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,004 (it was $16,405 in 2000)

Medicine Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $82,150 (it was $25,700 in 2000)
Medicine Lake:

$82,150
MT:

$190,100

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $100,345; Detached houses: $105,504; Mobile homes: $32,557

Median gross rent in 2013: $485.

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  • Races in Medicine Lake, MT (2010)

    Medicine Lake races chart
    • 20490.7%White alone
    • 104.4%Two or more races
    • 94.0%American Indian alone
    • 20.9%Black alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Medicine Lake: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (29.6%), Norwegian (27.5%), Irish (7.7%), Danish (7.1%), United States (5.8%), French (3.2%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 1951 feet

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 595 people per square mile   (low).

Medicine Lake, Montana map

For population 25 years and over in Medicine Lake:

  • High school or higher: 91.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 33.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.7%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Medicine Lake town:

  • Never married: 20.6%
  • Now married: 59.2%
  • Separated: 2.4%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 12.5%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.7%
Montana:

1.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $564 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $699 (1.0%)

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) , 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) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $17,500
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $162,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 48.50 N, Longitude: 104.50 W

Area code: 406

Medicine Lake household income distribution Medicine Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.3%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -90 (-25.1%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (17%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Utilities (11%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Utilities (15%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (17%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (12%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (38%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (15%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Medicine Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Medicine Lake, Montana

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Earthquake activity:

Medicine Lake-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 47% 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 399.4 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 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 the city 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 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 303.1 miles away from Medicine Lake center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 303.4 miles away from the city 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 (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).
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:

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: 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
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 5.1%
(5.3% for White Non-Hispanic 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

Medicine Lake compared to Montana state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in 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.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Montana average:

9.9

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 (74%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8%)
  • Electricity (5%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • No fuel used (5%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

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.
State:

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

8.7%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Sheridan County:

27.0%
Montana:

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

13.0%
State:

10.7%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
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 1$1,629
Streets and Highways 1$3,964$47,5680$0
Totals for Government 1$3,964$47,5681$1,629

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $28,000 ($115.23)
    Parks & Recreation: $22,000 ($90.53)
    Solid Waste Management: $21,000 ($86.42)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $18,000 ($74.07)
    Regular Highways: $15,000 ($61.73)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($57.61)
    General - Other: $13,000 ($53.50)
    Police Protection: $8,000 ($32.92)
    General Public Buildings: $8,000 ($32.92)
    Sewerage: $6,000 ($24.69)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($12.35)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($8.23)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $59,000 ($242.80)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $19,000 ($78.19)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($12.35)
    All Other: $2,000 ($8.23)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $17,000 ($69.96)
    Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($20.58)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $40,000 ($164.61)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $17,000 ($69.96)
    Highways: $12,000 ($49.38)
    All Other: $2,000 ($8.23)
  • Tax - Property: $48,000 ($197.53)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $85,000 ($349.79)

6.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,535 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.58%
Montana average:

6.86%

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


4.90% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,784 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.90%
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  0.80% ($49,500 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
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • 200Total average daily traffic
  • 6Total average daily truck traffic
  • 220Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • 0.2 Miles South Of Burma Trail Road (Lat: 48.546472 Lon: -104.584167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 57.9 m, Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: KNKQ430
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/21/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Gary Klind
    Registrant: Hill & Welch, 1025 Connecticut Ave., Nw #1000, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 857-1470, Fax: (301) 622-2864, Email:

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

Medicine Lake on our top lists:

  • #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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