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Garfield County, Montana (MT)

County population in 2014: 1,309 (all rural); it was 1,279 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 133
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 282
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 390
Renter-occupied apartments: 117 (it was 142 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

32%

Land area: 4668 sq. mi.

Water area: 179.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 0 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Garfield County: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (87.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 36%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 58%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Garfield County, Montana:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (98.4%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years
Males: 669  (51.2%)
Females: 640  (48.8%)
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Average household size:
Garfield County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,819 ($25,917 in 1999)

This county:

$45819
Montana:

$46972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $295 (lower quartile is $269, upper quartile is $402)
This county:

$295
State:

$600


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $116,929 (it was $49,000 in 2000)
Garfield:

$116,929
Montana:

$190,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $56,725 - $242,825
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $886
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $345

Institutionalized population: 0

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 0
  • Burglaries: 0
  • Thefts: 0
  • Auto thefts: 0
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 4 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $27,500
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $65,000
  • 2012: 0 buildings
  • 2013: 0 buildings
  • 2014: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,668 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $557 (0.6%)

Garfield County household income distribution in 2009 Garfield County home values distribution Garfield County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.5%
(10.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 80.0% for American Indian residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.4%
Garfield County:

11.4%
Montana:

16.5%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 90.0% for American Indian residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, American Indian residents: 66 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 84 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Garfield County is $424 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $678 a month.

Cities in this county include: North Garfield, Jordan, South Garfield.

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

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Neighboring counties: Keweenaw County, Michigan , Pennington County, Minnesota .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.0%
Montana:

3.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 14
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 14 (43% naturalized citizens)

Garfield County:

1.1%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 8

Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.7%

Garfield County marital status for males Garfield County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 716
  • One, attached: 9
  • Two: 9
  • 3 or 4: 15
  • Mobile homes: 208
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 4

Housing units in Garfield County with a mortgage: 36 (3 second mortgage, 4 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 109

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Garfield County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1572
Evangelical Protestant1164
Catholic1101
Other581
None765-
Garfield County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Garfield County:

8.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Garfield County:

16.60 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

16.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Garfield County:

8.2%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Garfield County:

25.5%
State:

23.1%

Agriculture in Garfield County:

Average size of farms: 8141 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $119,400
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $46.98
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 80.05%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $121,770
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.33%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $111,938
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 70.90%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.83
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.05%
All wheat for grain: 70771 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Garfield County-area historical earthquake activity is below Montana state average. It is 20% 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 254.3 miles away from Garfield County 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 394.4 miles away from the county 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 251.7 miles away from the county 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 295.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB) earthquake occurred 212.2 miles away from Garfield County center
On 5/29/1984 at 20:18:32, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 211.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • MontanaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3253): September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3253, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MontanaMissouri Breaks Fire Complex, Incident Period: July 17, 2003 to July 25, 2003, Fire Management Assistance Declared: July 23, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2483, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • MontanaWildfires, Incident Period: July 13, 2000 to September 25, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1340): August 30, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1340, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • MontanaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 25, 1986 to October 28, 1986, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-777): October 14, 1986, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-777, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Garfield County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Information (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (24%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Information (8%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (55%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (4%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)

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

  • Canada (36%)
  • El Salvador (21%)
  • United Kingdom (14%)
  • France (14%)
  • Germany (14%)

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

  • German (26%)
  • English (15%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scottish (8%)
  • Norwegian (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (5%)

Garfield County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 389 (60%)
  • Carpooled: 66 (10%)
  • Walked: 101 (16%)
  • Worked at home: 90 (14%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

11 people in nursing homes
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $35,912.

7.85% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,086 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.85%
Montana average:

6.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.71% relocated from other counties in Montana ($22,114 average AGI)
3.14% relocated from other states ($7,971 average AGI)
Garfield County:

3.14%
Montana average:

3.82%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



5.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($55,273 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.08%
Montana average:

6.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.54% relocated to other counties in Montana ($12,682 average AGI)
2.54% relocated to other states ($42,591 average AGI)
Garfield County:

2.54%
Montana average:

3.69%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.5

Births per 1000 population in Garfield County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Garfield County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Garfield County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 32.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 26.4%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Garfield County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Garfield County


Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 30 (11%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Garfield County, Montana in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (25)
  • Congestive heart failure (16)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (14)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (13)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (12)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (10)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 235 (222 aged, 13 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 82.1
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3612.480
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 2298.850
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 13382.59

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1334.450
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 750.630

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 250.210

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,206
  • In family households: 997 (303 male householders, 44 female householders)
    303 spouses, 314 children (293 natural, 13 adopted, 8 stepchildren), 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers or sisters, 6 parents, 11 other relatives, 4 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 209 (111 male householders (94 living alone)), 74 female householders (67 living alone)), 24 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 212 2-persons, 46 3-persons, 39 4-persons, 31 5-persons, 14 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 161 1-person, 24 2-persons.

257 married couples with children.
47 single-parent households (14 men, 33 women).

97.6% of residents of Garfield County speak English at home.
0.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 33% speak English well).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 35% speak English well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $31,188,000 ($25606 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $131,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $3,005,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,864,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,517,000
Federal grants: $18,821,000
Federal procurement contracts: $135,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $848,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,007,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,462,000

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

Births: 75
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 78
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -1
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State +2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -71
Here -59 per 1000 residents
State +20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Garfield County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.03 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 19
  • 2000 to 2004: 31
  • 1990 to 1999: 96
  • 1980 to 1989: 77
  • 1970 to 1979: 102
  • 1960 to 1969: 114
  • 1950 to 1959: 85
  • 1940 to 1949: 114
  • 1939 or earlier: 199
Rooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 11
  • 4 rooms: 76
  • 5 rooms: 86
  • 6 rooms: 68
  • 7 rooms: 68
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 44
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 4
  • 3 rooms: 20
  • 4 rooms: 24
  • 5 rooms: 36
  • 6 rooms: 25
  • 7 rooms: 7
  • 8 rooms: 9
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 10
  • 2 bedrooms: 91
  • 3 bedrooms: 174
  • 4 bedrooms: 87
  • 5+ bedrooms: 21
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 21
  • 2 bedrooms: 34
  • 3 bedrooms: 55
  • 4 bedrooms: 18
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Garfield County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 14
  • 1 vehicle: 74
  • 2 vehicles: 138
  • 3 vehicles: 82
  • 4 vehicles: 49
  • 5+ vehicles: 33
  • no vehicle: 4
  • 1 vehicle: 49
  • 2 vehicles: 50
  • 3 vehicles: 17
  • 4 vehicles: 12
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

67% of Garfield County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 60% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Montana.

Garfield County:

67.0%
State average:

54.0%

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

  • This state: 987
  • Northeast: 19
  • Midwest: 138
  • South: 30
  • West: 85

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $15,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 11%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 13%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Garfield County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (64.6%)
  • Electricity (22.6%)
  • Wood (6.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.6%)
  • Coal or coke (2.6%)
  • Utility gas (1.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (78.2%)
  • Wood (12.7%)
  • Electricity (4.9%)
  • Coal or coke (2.8%)
  • Utility gas (1.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 7
Here:

4.6%
Montana:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

9.3%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3
Here:

33.3%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Garfield County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Health Services - Other: $324,000
    Financial Administration: $251,000
    Regular Highways: $173,000
    Police Protection: $129,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $99,000
    General - Other: $99,000
    Central Staff Services: $71,000
    General Public Buildings: $65,000
    Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $28,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education: $25,000
    Parks & Recreation: $24,000
    Libraries: $15,000
    Corrections - Other: $9,000
    Air Transportation: $6,000
    Fire Protection: $4,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $186,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $105,000
    Health - Other: $26,000
    Fire Protection: $2,000
    General Public Building: $1,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $591,000

Garfield County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $98,000
    Parks & Recreation: $4,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $117,000
    All Other: $31,000
    Highways: $5,000
    Health & Hospitals: $2,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $8,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $63,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $28,000
    Interest Earnings: $26,000
    Rents: $12,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $129,000
    General Support: $82,000
    All Other: $61,000
    Health & Hospitals: $37,000
    Public Welfare: $2,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,009,000
    NEC: $2,000

Garfield County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,000,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 8
  • Number of aged recipients: 0
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 0
  • Number of recipients under 18: 0
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 0
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 0
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 0
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2
Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Garfield County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1079.4 years
Mary879.3 years
Robert776.0 years
Fred672.6 years
Esther683.0 years
Frank678.1 years
Anna591.6 years
George582.2 years
William566.8 years
Helen474.0 years
Most common last names in Garfield County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Billing681.9 years
Edwards570.4 years
Jessen576.2 years
Macdonald570.6 years
Murnion580.1 years
Saylor584.6 years
Watson578.4 years
Wille481.5 years
Harbaugh495.2 years
Jackson477.2 years

Garfield County on our top lists:

  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #27 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"