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Population in 2010: 124. Population change since 2000: -5.3%
Males: 60  (49.0%)
Females: 64  (51.0%)

Median resident age:  44.0 years
Montana median age:  38.3 years

Zip code: 59483

Estimated median household income in 2012: $29,049 (it was $25,357 in 2000)
Sun River:

$29,049
MT:

$45,076
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $30,034

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $78,949 (it was $69,300 in 2000)
Sun River:

$78,949
MT:

$184,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $147,206; Detached houses: $121,985; Mobile homes: $194,286

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  • White alone - 114 (91.9%)
  • Two or more races - 8 (6.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.8%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.8%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sun River: 95.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (19.1%), Irish (17.0%), French (12.8%), Scottish (12.2%), English (9.6%), Scotch-Irish (7.4%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 3418 feet

Land area: 1.81 square miles.

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




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For population 25 years and over in Sun River:

  • High school or higher: 75.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.7%
  • Unemployed: 13.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sun River CDP:

  • Never married: 11.3%
  • Now married: 48.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 14.2%
  • Divorced: 25.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $883 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $743 (1.0%)

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

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (494.4 miles , pop. 563,374).

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 July 2013:
Here:

4.6%
Montana:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (31%)
  • Retail trade (31%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (19%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (23%)
  • Finance and insurance (23%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (17%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Construction laborers (14%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (14%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (15%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (12%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)


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Earthquake activity:

Sun River-area historical earthquake activity is below Montana state average. It is 59% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/16/1994 at 11:03:41, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.1 ML, 4.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from the city center
On 5/24/2000 at 04:22:06, a magnitude 4.2 (3.7 MB, 4.2 MD, Depth: 1.6 mi) earthquake occurred 83.7 miles away from Sun River center
On 3/21/1992 at 01:57:43, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 MB, 4.1 MD, 4.1 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 74.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/1/1992 at 11:33:47, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 3.8 ML, 4.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 96.2 miles away from the city center
On 7/19/2002 at 19:58:26, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, Depth: 15.3 mi) earthquake occurred 62.1 miles away from Sun River center
On 4/8/2000 at 11:30:22, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 ML, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 83.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

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, Snow: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Political contributions by individuals in Sun River, MT

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

  • The University of Montana (about 116 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 11,744)
  • Montana State University (about 133 miles; Bozeman, MT; FT enrollment: 9,518)
  • Montana State University-Billings (about 194 miles; Billings, MT; FT enrollment: 2,629)
  • North Idaho College (about 237 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 3,090)
  • University of Idaho (about 256 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 9,625)
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho (about 257 miles; Rexburg, ID; FT enrollment: 12,325)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (about 262 miles; Lewiston, ID; FT enrollment: 2,534)

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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
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 4.31. This is significantly better than average.
City:

4.31
U.S.:

31.96
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.380. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.380
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 2.18. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 20.8 miles away from the city center.
City:

2.18
U.S.:

3.08

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

CASCADE COLONY (Population served: 125, Groundwater_under_infl_of_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 0.0%
(0.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Sun River, MT

Sun River compared to Montana state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above 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.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (91%)
  • Electricity (9%)

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 43.26%
Here43.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of God
Adherents43.2%12.0%8.2%4.4%3.7%
Congregations12.8%7.0%10.5%10.5%2.3%
NameLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Southern Baptist Convention Charismatic Churches IndependentOther
Adherents3.3%3.0%2.9%2.3%16.9%
Congregations3.5%2.3%8.1%1.2%41.9%
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: 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%

7.52% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,135 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.52%
Montana average:

8.25%

0.49% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,928 average AGI)
Cascade County:

0.49%
Montana average:

0.11%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Missoula County, MT  0.27% ($21,929 average AGI)
from Lewis and Clark County, MT  0.26% ($25,432)
from Yellowstone County, MT  0.26% ($28,420)


8.21% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,192 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.21%
Montana average:

7.69%

0.46% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,671 average AGI)
Cascade County:

0.46%
Montana average:

0.08%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Missoula County, MT  0.46% ($30,559 average AGI)
to Gallatin County, MT  0.36% ($27,202)
to Lewis and Clark County, MT  0.34% ($33,245)

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)


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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