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Custer County, Montana (MT)


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County population in 2012: 11,888 (82% urban, 18% rural); it was 11,696 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,818
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,531
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,341
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,682 (it was 1,427 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

32%

Land area: 3783 sq. mi.
Water area: 10.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 3 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Custer County: 83.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.3%), Retail trade (13.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (11.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Custer County, Montana:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years

Males: 5,810  (48.9%)
Females: 5,889  (51.1%)

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Average household size:
Custer County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,446 ($30,000 in 1999)
This county:

$38446
Montana:

$42322

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $431 (lower quartile is $344, upper quartile is $503)
This county:

$431
State:

$533


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $82,223 (it was $62,800 in 2000)
Custer County:

$82,223
Montana:

$176,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,866 - $150,234

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $181,300
Here:

$181,300
State:

$250,674

Townhouses or other attached units: $122,524
Here:

$122,524
State:

$190,973

In 2-unit structures: $441,010
Here:

$441,010
State:

$217,204

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $30,696
Here:

$30,696
State:

$183,986

Mobile homes: $51,577
Here:

$51,577
State:

$51,663
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,169
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $296

Institutionalized population: 216

Custer County, MT map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,221 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,056 (1.6%)


Custer County household income distribution in 2009 Custer County home values distribution


Custer County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 15.8%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.5% for Black residents, 34.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.1% for other race residents, 63.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 43 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 39 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

15.1%
Whole state:

14.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

5.3%
Whole state:

5.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Custer County is $455 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $732 a month.

Cities in this county include: Miles City, Ismay, Mizpah-Pumpkin, North Custer, Shirley-Ismay.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Custer County: Venn Ranch (A), Allen Ranch (B), Balsam Ranch (C), Bear Jaw Windmill (D), Mather Brothers Ranch (E), Bradshaw Ranch (F), Kinsey Number 2 Pumping Station (G), Campbell Ranch (H), Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station (I), Locate Rest Area (J), Eastern Montana Fairground (K), Big Sky Camp and RV Park (L), Miles City Fish Hatchery (M), Miles City Town and Country Club (N), Branum Lake Campground and Picnic Area (O), Horton (P), Shirley (Q), Tusler (R), Gilman Ranch (S), Woodruff Park (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Custer County include: Grace Bible Church (A), Valley Drive Baptist Church (B), Kinsey Association of Churches Protestant Community Church (C), Grace Community Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Cottonwood Cemetery (1), Custer County Cemetery (2), Ismay Cemetery (3), Pine Hills School Cemetery (4), Knowlton Cemetery (5), Pine Crest Cemetery (6), Calvary Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Branum Lake (A), Hamlick Reservoir (B), Hall Reservoir (C), Pine Hill Reservoir (D), Physic Creek Reservoir (E), Willie Reservoir (F), Witcher Reservoir (G), Noble Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Malone Creek (A), Station Creek (B), Yank Creek (C), Lumpjaw Creek (D), Coon Creek (E), Scott Creek (F), May Creek (G), Alice Creek (H), Anderson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Custer County include: After the Roundup Historical Marker (1), Powder River Historical Marker (2), Tongue River Historical Marker (3), Pirogue Island State Park (4), Spotted Eagle Recreation Area (5), Strawberry Hill Recreation Area (6), Pumping Plant Park (7), George Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Carter County , Fallon County , Garfield County , Powder River County , Prairie County , Rosebud County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 514
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 162 (57% naturalized citizens)

Custer County:

1.4%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 11.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.5%

Custer County marital status for males
Custer County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Custer County with a mortgage: 1,321 (177 second mortgage, 161 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,047

Here:

55.8% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.16%
Here48.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,633
Total congregations: 20

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents2,304 (40.9%)604 (10.7%)483 (8.6%)473 (8.4%)291 (5.2%)
Congregations1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents286 (5.1%)237 (4.2%)147 (2.6%)141 (2.5%)667 (11.8%)
Congregations1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)2 (10.0%)10 (50.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Custer County - Miles City, Ismay, Mizpah-Pumpkin, North Custer, Shirley-Ismay

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

1.79 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

8.06 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Custer County:

8.96 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.3%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.8%
Montana:

23.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Custer County:

15.3%
State:

10.7%


Agriculture in Custer County:

Average size of farms: 4480 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $95,735
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $105.26
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.21%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $86,323
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.00%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 44.71%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $70,665
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.88%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.58
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.06%
Corn for grain: 367 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 12185 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Custer County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Montana state average. It is 15.3 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Custer County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/25/1993 at 03:44:15, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 ML, 3.9 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 97.3 miles away from the county center
On 12/23/1991 at 20:32:27, a magnitude 3.6 (3.3 ML, 3.6 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 57.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/1999 at 13:28:52, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 58.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Custer County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (16%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Health care (23%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Custer County (%):





Custer County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,264 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 544 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 11 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 51 (1%)
  • Walked: 274 (5%)
  • Other means: 2 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 325 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Custer County, Montana in 2000:

People in group quarters in Custer County, Montana in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $47,242.

7.13% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,134 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.13%
Montana average:

8.25%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.91% relocated from other counties in Montana ($15,375 average AGI)
3.22% relocated from other states ($16,756 average AGI)
Custer County:

3.22%
Montana average:

4.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Yellowstone County, MT  0.79% ($25,091 average AGI)
from Rosebud County, MT  0.38% ($17,125)
from Dawson County, MT  0.24% ($66,600)
from Gallatin County, MT  0.24% ($28,100)


8.07% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($32,898 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.07%
Montana average:

7.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.01% relocated to other counties in Montana ($13,538 average AGI)
4.06% relocated to other states ($19,360 average AGI)
Custer County:

4.06%
Montana average:

4.10%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Yellowstone County, MT  1.44% ($24,508 average AGI)
to Gallatin County, MT  0.50% ($38,571)
to Rosebud County, MT  0.26% ($46,182)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3

Births per 1000 population in Custer County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Custer County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Custer County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,279 (1,950 aged, 329 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.73
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18596.12
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1187.360
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38947.09

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1091.680
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1366.820
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.88

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49.85
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 106.510

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.88

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 302.5. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,286

Size of family households: 1,507 2-persons, 665 3-persons, 482 4-persons, 236 5-persons, 84 6-persons, 40 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,728 1-person, 252 2-persons, 25 3-persons, 9 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

95.4% of residents of Custer County speak English at home.
1.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 17% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 45% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (30% speak English very well, 67% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $86,854,000 ($7583 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,097,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,211,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,608,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,606,000
Federal grants: $16,680,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,083,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,665,000 ($335,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,252,000
Federal Government insurance: $35,316,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 693
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 731
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +28
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -405
Here -36 per 1000 residents
State +20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Custer County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.67 millions of gallons per day (13% from ground, 87% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 36
  • 3 rooms: 102
  • 4 rooms: 434
  • 5 rooms: 670
  • 6 rooms: 583
  • 7 rooms: 423
  • 8 rooms: 411
  • 9+ rooms: 671
  • 1 room: 21
  • 2 rooms: 123
  • 3 rooms: 255
  • 4 rooms: 479
  • 5 rooms: 247
  • 6 rooms: 101
  • 7 rooms: 74
  • 8 rooms: 52
  • 9+ rooms: 75
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 145
  • 2 bedrooms: 691
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,328
  • 4 bedrooms: 841
  • 5+ bedrooms: 317
  • no bedroom: 40
  • 1 bedroom: 396
  • 2 bedrooms: 595
  • 3 bedrooms: 250
  • 4 bedrooms: 107
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 137
  • 1 vehicle: 806
  • 2 vehicles: 1,308
  • 3 vehicles: 752
  • 4 vehicles: 206
  • 5+ vehicles: 132
  • no vehicle: 136
  • 1 vehicle: 770
  • 2 vehicles: 332
  • 3 vehicles: 141
  • 4 vehicles: 32
  • 5+ vehicles: 16

58% of Custer County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Montana.

Custer County:

57.9%
State average:

54.0%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $30,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Custer County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (77.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.4%)
  • Electricity (7.4%)
  • Wood (2.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (70.9%)
  • Electricity (19.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)
  • Coal or coke (0.9%)
  • Wood (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 117
Here:

8.7%
Montana:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 9
Here:

1.2%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 13
Here:

2.7%
Montana:

11.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Custer County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Custer County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Custer County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Custer County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Custer County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Custer County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13279.2 years
Mary9681.3 years
William6977.2 years
James6673.5 years
Robert5673.7 years
George5379.6 years
Charles5174.9 years
Helen4280.1 years
Margaret3780.7 years
Frank3679.3 years
Most common last names in Custer County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Anderson2982.8 years
Johnson2978.5 years
Miller2981.8 years
Peterson2174.0 years
Smith2179.0 years
Olson2072.6 years
Thompson1977.9 years
Brown1977.4 years
Jones1777.3 years
Young1675.5 years
Businesses in Custer County, MT
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza1
Albertsons1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Arby's1Maurices1
Best Western1McDonald's1
Comfort Inn1New Balance1
Dairy Queen1Nike1
Econo Lodge1RadioShack1
FedEx3Super 81
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn1UPS4
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture2Wendy's1

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