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Garfield County, Montana (MT)


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County population in 2012: 1,261 (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. 2012 cost of living index in Garfield County: 86.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (42.6%), Educational,health and social services (15.1%), Retail trade (12.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 43%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Garfield County, Montana:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years

Males: 617  (54.7%)
Females: 589  (45.3%)

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Average household size:
Garfield County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,214 ($25,917 in 1999)
This county:

$33214
Montana:

$42322

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $350 (lower quartile is $186, upper quartile is $400)
This county:

$350
State:

$533


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $75,697 (it was $49,000 in 2000)
Garfield County:

$75,697
Montana:

$176,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $34,566 - $149,908

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $469,174
Here:

$469,174
State:

$250,674

Townhouses or other attached units: $71,341
Here:

$71,341
State:

$190,973

In 2-unit structures: $25,565
Here:

$25,565
State:

$217,204

Mobile homes: $82,534
Here:

$82,534
State:

$51,663
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,016
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $267

Institutionalized population: 0

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


Garfield County, MT map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $708 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $626 (0.9%)


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 2009: 11.3%
(11.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 14 years old, American Indian residents: 61 years old, Asian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 44 years old, Other race residents: 37 years old)

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

21.5%
Whole state:

14.6%

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

8.4%
Whole state:

5.8%

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: Jordan, North Garfield, 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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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Garfield County: Mincoff Ranch (A), Matovich Ranch (B), Mahoney Ranch (C), Binion Ranch (D), Brown Ranch (E), Burgess Ranch (F), Cole Ranch (G), Flowing Well (H), Devils Creek Campground (I), Dutton Ranch (J), Flint Ranch (K), Wilson Ranch (L), Hill Ranch (M), Whiteside Ranch (N), Garfield County Fairground (O), Fairview Hall (P), Kirby Ranch (Q), Kramer Ranch (R), Flowing Wells Rest Area (S), Rock Creek Fishing Access Site (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Garfield County include: Brusett Community Church (A), Blackfoot Church (B), Neudorfer Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Coon Cemetery (1), Cohagen Cemetery (2), Greenridge Cemetery (3), Pioneer Cemetery (4), Steve Forks Cemetery (5), The Zions Lutheran Cemetery (6), Wolf Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Burgess Reservoir (A), Birkrem Reservoir (B), Stroud Reservoir (C), Antone Reservoir (D), Wheatcroft Reservoir (E), McWilliams Reservoir (F), Gumbo Reservoir (G), Shaw Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Woody Creek (A), Moonlight Creek (B), Butts Coulee (C), Ada Creek (D), Badger Creek (E), Basin Creek (F), Bear Creek (G), Big Coulee Creek (H), Billy Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Garfield County include: Rock Creek State Park (1), Hell Creek Recreation Area (2), Dinosaurs Historical Marker (3), Hell Creek State Park (4), Indian Country Historical Marker (5), Devils Creek State Recreation Area (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Custer County , McCone County , Petroleum County , Phillips County , Prairie County , Rosebud County , Valley County .

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


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:


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:

24.8% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 40.81%
Here40.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 522
Total congregations: 8

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)LDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents161 (30.8%)85 (16.3%)66 (12.6%)63 (12.1%)147 (28.2%)
Congregations1 (12.5%)1 (12.5%)1 (12.5%)1 (12.5%)4 (50.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Garfield County - Jordan, North Garfield, South Garfield

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

8.30 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

16.60 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Garfield County:

16.60 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.2%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.5%
Montana:

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 significantly below Montana state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/26/2007 at 06:27:32, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 ML, Depth: 1.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 91.3 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, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 96.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (55%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Gasoline stations (3%)
  • Broadcasting and telecommunications (2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (25%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
  • U. S. Postal service (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (42%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (18%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





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 2005 was $45,754.

6.89% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,613 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.89%
Montana average:

8.25%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.00% relocated from other counties in Montana ($18,774 average AGI)
2.89% relocated from other states ($11,871 average AGI)
Garfield County:

2.89%
Montana average:

4.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



4.77% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,048 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.77%
Montana average:

7.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other counties in Montana.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other states.

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 from 2000 to 2006: 0.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Garfield County

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

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.

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

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:


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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Garfield County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Garfield County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Garfield County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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

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