Sun River, Montana

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Population in 2010: 124. Population change since 2000: -5.3%
Males: 60  (48.5%)
Females: 64  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  66.3 years
Montana median age:  39.6 years

Zip code: 59483

Estimated median household income in 2013: $29,017 (it was $25,357 in 2000)
Sun River:

$29,017
MT:

$46,972

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $29,724 (it was $14,647 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $110,289 (it was $69,300 in 2000)
Sun River:

$110,289
MT:

$190,100
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  • Races in Sun River, MT (2010)

    Sun River races chart
    • 11491.9%White alone
    • 86.5%Two or more races
    • 10.8%American Indian alone
    • 10.8%Hispanic
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Sun River: 94.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (17.3%), German (15.0%), Scottish (14.5%), French (11.6%), English (9.8%), Norwegian (7.5%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3418 feet

Land area: 1.81 square miles.

Population density: 68 people per square mile   (very low).

Sun River, Montana map

For population 25 years and over in Sun River:

  • High school or higher: 79.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 21.8%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sun River CDP:

  • Never married: 11.9%
  • Now married: 54.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 27.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $823 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $772 (0.5%)

Sun River satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Great Falls, MT (20.8 miles , pop. 56,690).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (486.6 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (968.8 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Sun River Valley, MT (1.9 miles ), Fort Shaw, MT (2.1 miles ), Vaughn, MT (2.9 miles ), Simms, MT (3.1 miles ), Sun Prairie, MT (3.3 miles ), Ulm, MT (3.5 miles ), Power, MT (3.6 miles) , Fairfield, MT (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 47.53 N, Longitude: 111.73 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 406

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

4.0%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (39%)
  • Retail trade (39%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Finance and insurance (21%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Other services, except public administration (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (39%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (39%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (22%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (0%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (38%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (24%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (21%)
  • Community and social service occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)

Average climate in Sun River, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Sun River-area historical earthquake activity is near Montana state average. It is 44% 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 211.5 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 259.0 miles away from Sun 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 203.4 miles away from the city center
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW, Depth: 8.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 153.0 miles away from the city center
On 8/22/1984 at 09:46:30, a magnitude 5.8 (5.0 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 235.9 miles away from Sun River center
On 10/29/1983 at 23:29:11, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.0 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 247.9 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 Cascade County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sun River topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sun River:

  • The University of Montana (about 116 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 13,602)
  • Montana State University (about 133 miles; Bozeman, MT; FT enrollment: 12,942)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 194 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 4,319)
  • North Idaho College (about 237 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • University of Idaho (about 256 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho (about 258 miles; Rexburg, ID; FT enrollment: 30,522)
  • Washington State University (about 262 miles; Pullman, WA; FT enrollment: 25,055)

Public elementary/middle school in Sun River:

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Notable location: Sun River Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cascade County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 16.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

16.5
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.380. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 20.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.380
U.S.:

0.303

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 5.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.19
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sun River and their reported violations in the past:

RAMBLE INN BAR (Population served: 64, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 14 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sun River that have no violations reported:

  • CASCADE COLONY (Population served: 125, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 3.8%
(4.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.2 people
Montana:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  58.9%
Whole state:  62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.1%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Sun River compared to Montana state average:

  • Median household income below 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 above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.5
Montana average:

9.9

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (87%)
  • Electricity (12%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Sun River CDP (based on Cascade County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,96857
Catholic9,37512
Mainline Protestant5,73923
Other4,37416
Orthodox801
Black Protestant731
None50,718-
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: 14
Cascade County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Cascade County:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
Cascade County:

3.42 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 76
Here:

9.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.0%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Cascade County:

24.4%
Montana:

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

9.1%
State:

10.7%

7.04% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,283 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.04%
Montana average:

6.86%

0.35% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,776 average AGI)
Cascade County:

0.35%
Montana average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Missoula County, MT  0.30% ($25,418 average AGI)
from Lewis and Clark County, MT  0.27% ($35,844)
from Gallatin County, MT  0.24% ($27,538)


7.14% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,653 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.14%
Montana average:

6.73%

0.27% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,287 average AGI)
Cascade County:

0.27%
Montana average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Missoula County, MT  0.36% ($22,916 average AGI)
to Lewis and Clark County, MT  0.30% ($37,760)
to Yellowstone County, MT  0.26% ($30,694)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sun River:

  • KMON (560 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KEIN (1310 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: MUNSON RADIO, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXGF (1400 AM; 1 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KKGR (680 AM; daytime; 5 kW; EAST HELENA, MT; Owner: KKGR, INC.)
  • KMTX (950 AM; 5 kW; HELENA, MT; Owner: CAPRI, INC)
  • KQDI (1450 AM; 1 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KGVW (640 AM; 10 kW; BELGRADE, MT; Owner: GALLATIN VALLEY WITNESS, INC.)
  • KBOW (550 AM; 5 kW; BUTTE, MT; Owner: BUTTE BROADCASTING INCORPORATED)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sun River:

  • KVVR (97.9 FM; DUTTON, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KMON-FM (94.5 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KQDI-FM (106.1 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KEHT (100.3 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: GEORGE S. FLINN, JR.)
  • KIKF (104.9 FM; CASCADE, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP INC.)
  • KINX (107.3 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP INC.)
  • K246AC (97.1 FM; HELENA, MT; Owner: LAST CHANCE PUBLIC RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • K251AC (98.1 FM; HELENA, MT; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS-MT UNIV. SYSTEM)
  • KTZZ (93.7 FM; CONRAD, MT; Owner: JEANNINE M. MASON)
  • KAAK (98.9 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KMTX-FM (105.3 FM; HELENA, MT; Owner: CAPRI, INC)
  • KZMT (101.1 FM; HELENA, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KLFM (92.9 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KGPR (89.9 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: GREAT FALLS PUBLIC RADIO ASSOC.)
  • KGFC (88.9 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: HI-LINE RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • K217CD (91.3 FM; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Sun River:

  • KTGF (Channel 16; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: MMM LICENSE LLC)
  • KRTV (Channel 3; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: KRTV COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KFBB-TV (Channel 5; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: KFBB CORPORATION, L.L.C.)
  • K53DW (Channel 53; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 10m33ftTotal length
  • 4,240Total average daily traffic
  • 84Total average daily truck traffic
  • 4,792Total future (year 2029) average daily traffic


FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172K (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 46636 , Serial Number: 17257399, Year manufactured: 1968, Airworthiness Date: 09/10/1968
    Registrant (Individual): Eugene J Hughes, 64 Deerfoot Trl, Sun River, MT 59483
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 337A (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 142 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO-360 SER (300 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5327S , Serial Number: 337-0427, Year manufactured: 1966, Airworthiness Date: 05/12/1966
    Registrant (Individual): Steve H Lowry, 907 Us 89, Sun River, MT 59483
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172N (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 73798 , Serial Number: 17267688, Year manufactured: 1976, Airworthiness Date: 09/11/1976
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Steve Lowry, 907 Us 89, Sun River, MT 59483, Other Owners: Coral Lowry
  • Aircraft: HANEY DWIGHT G TEENIE TWO (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: VOLKSWAGEN CONVERSION (36 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9FT , Serial Number: 5-1442, Year manufactured: 1979, Airworthiness Date: 06/19/1980
    Registrant (Individual): James L Duckett, 13766 Mt Highway 200, Sun River, MT 59483

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
C) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$90,210
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2009 2003 2001

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0107.00

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3
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