Golden Valley County, Montana (MT)

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County population in 2012: 839 (all rural); it was 1,042 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 96
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 180
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 283
Renter-occupied apartments: 87 (it was 82 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

32%

Land area: 1175 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 1 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Golden Valley County: 86.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (57.9%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (21.1%), Information (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 45%
  • Government: 10%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 45%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Golden Valley County, Montana:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (93.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.0%)
  • Asian alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  48.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years
Males: 463  (61.0%)
Females: 421  (39.0%)
Average household size:
Golden Valley County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,943 ($27,308 in 1999)

This county:

$39943
Montana:

$46972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $485 (lower quartile is $355, upper quartile is $663)
This county:

$485
State:

$600


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $92,160 (it was $58,400 in 2000)
Golden Valley:

$92,160
Montana:

$190,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $72,458 - $183,729

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $264,827
Here:

$264,827
State:

$262,981

Mobile homes: $58,889
Here:

$58,889
State:

$84,157
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,068
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $335

Institutionalized population: 0

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

Golden Valley County, MT map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $719 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $575 (0.6%)

Golden Valley County household income distribution in 2009 Golden Valley County home values distribution Golden Valley County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.7%
(20.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.3%
Golden Valley County:

22.3%
Montana:

16.5%
(22.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 53 years old
(Males: 53 years old, Females: 54 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 54 years old, American Indian residents: 12 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Golden Valley 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: Ryegate, Lavina.

Golden Valley County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Golden Valley County: Cushman (A), Franklin (B), Allen Ranch (C), Wallum (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Belmont Cemetery (1), Resurrection Cemetery (2), Rothiemay Cemetery (3), Barber Cemetery (4), Ryegate Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: McLean Lake (A), Dry Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Careless Creek (A), Ray Creek (B), Big Coulee Creek (C), Cabin Gulch Creek (D), South Fork Pole Creek (E), Cottonwood Creek (F), Fish Creek (G), Fivemile Creek (H), Gooseneck Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Fergus County , Musselshell County , Stillwater County , Sweet Grass County , Wheatland County , Yellowstone County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.9%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 13
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 27 (85% naturalized citizens)

Golden Valley County:

2.6%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 4
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 23

Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.2%

Golden Valley County marital status for males Golden Valley County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Golden Valley County with a mortgage: 55 (7 second mortgage, 4 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 79

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Golden Valley County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1621
Evangelical Protestant322
Mainline Protestant233
None667-
Golden Valley 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 convenience stores (with gas): 1
Golden Valley County:

8.94 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

17.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Golden Valley County:

7.4%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Golden Valley County:

24.4%
State:

23.1%

Agriculture in Golden Valley County:

Average size of farms: 4720 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $57,146
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $35.46
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 88.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $70,880
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 4.10%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 16.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $80,251
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 77.14%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.24
All wheat for grain: 12156 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Golden Valley County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Montana state average. It is 17% 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 146.4 miles away from Golden Valley 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 278.3 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 142.2 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 179.7 miles away from the county center
On 2/3/1994 at 09:05:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.8 ML, Depth: 4.9 mi) earthquake occurred 265.8 miles away from Golden Valley County center
On 8/22/1984 at 09:46:30, a magnitude 5.8 (5.0 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 268.3 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:


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

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Canada (74%)
  • Netherlands (15%)
  • Other Northern Europe (7%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Golden Valley County (%):

  • German (44%)
  • United States or American (11%)
  • Norwegian (8%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (5%)
  • Polish (2%)

Golden Valley County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 202 (39%)
  • Carpooled: 73 (14%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (1%)
  • Walked: 71 (14%)
  • Other means: 2 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 160 (31%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

162 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
89 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $30,402.

3.82% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,200 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.82%
Montana average:

6.86%


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

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



7.35% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($49,967 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.35%
Montana average:

6.73%


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: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.3

Births per 1000 population in Golden Valley County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Golden Valley County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Golden Valley County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 206 (175 aged, 31 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1380.500
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1466.780

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 795

Size of family households: 154 2-persons, 30 3-persons, 33 4-persons, 13 5-persons, 7 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 107 1-person, 15 2-persons, 2 3-persons.

177 married couples with children.
18 single-parent households (5 men, 13 women).

84.8% of residents of Golden Valley County speak English at home.
0.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).
14.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 11% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $10,790,000 ($9660 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $159,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $3,207,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,196,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,430,000
Federal grants: $1,536,000
Federal procurement contracts: $106,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $314,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $822,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $742,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,634,000

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

Births: 59
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 36
Here:

31 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: +99
Here:

+85 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Golden Valley County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.09 millions of gallons per day (11% from ground, 89% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 51
  • 1990 to 1999: 26
  • 1980 to 1989: 48
  • 1970 to 1979: 82
  • 1960 to 1969: 32
  • 1950 to 1959: 32
  • 1940 to 1949: 7
  • 1939 or earlier: 180
Rooms in houses/apartments in Golden Valley County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 14
  • 4 rooms: 43
  • 5 rooms: 82
  • 6 rooms: 69
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 20
  • 9+ rooms: 30
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 4
  • 3 rooms: 8
  • 4 rooms: 24
  • 5 rooms: 18
  • 6 rooms: 17
  • 7 rooms: 5
  • 8 rooms: 4
  • 9+ rooms: 2
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Golden Valley County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 14
  • 2 bedrooms: 79
  • 3 bedrooms: 139
  • 4 bedrooms: 39
  • 5+ bedrooms: 12
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 10
  • 2 bedrooms: 44
  • 3 bedrooms: 15
  • 4 bedrooms: 9
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2
Cars and other vehicles available in Golden Valley County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 15
  • 1 vehicle: 51
  • 2 vehicles: 108
  • 3 vehicles: 67
  • 4 vehicles: 31
  • 5+ vehicles: 11
  • no vehicle: 10
  • 1 vehicle: 33
  • 2 vehicles: 29
  • 3 vehicles: 4
  • 4 vehicles: 4
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

66% of Golden Valley County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 25% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 71% lived in Montana.

Golden Valley County:

65.7%
State average:

54.0%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $17,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Golden Valley County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (45.9%)
  • Wood (24.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (18.0%)
  • Electricity (6.7%)
  • Coal or coke (2.5%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)
  • Solar energy (1.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (43.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (29.3%)
  • Electricity (14.6%)
  • Coal or coke (4.9%)
  • Wood (4.9%)
  • Utility gas (2.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 14
Here:

9.5%
Montana:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 7
Here:

10.6%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 0
Here:

0.0%
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)

Golden Valley County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $170,000
    Regular Highways: $137,000
    Financial Administration: $113,000
    Police Protection: $87,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $66,000
    Solid Waste Management: $43,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $35,000
    General Public Buildings: $34,000
    Welfare - Other: $19,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,000
    Health Services - Other: $16,000
    Corrections - Other: $9,000
    Fire Protection: $6,000
    Libraries: $3,000
    Housing & Community Development: $2,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $215,000
    General: $32,000
    Health: $6,000
    Libraries: $3,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General: $8,000
    Welfare: $2,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $92,000
    Regular Highways: $27,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $353,000

Golden Valley County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $31,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $118,000
    General Support: $68,000
    Highways: $4,000
    Health & Hospitals: $1,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $14,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $41,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $27,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $104,000
    Highways: $47,000
    General Support: $37,000
  • Tax - Property: $597,000

Golden Valley County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $18,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $10,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $8,000

Golden Valley County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $904,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Golden Valley County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Golden Valley County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Golden Valley County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John982.8 years
James968.7 years
Margaret777.4 years
Robert764.9 years
William578.4 years
Henry488.2 years
Anna483.5 years
Mary475.5 years
Carl387.0 years
Harold378.1 years
Most common last names in Golden Valley County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Anderson779.0 years
Zeier687.0 years
Fiske572.6 years
Lehfeldt581.4 years
Johnson488.0 years
Krause476.7 years
Schaff471.5 years
Stephenson383.3 years
Horpestad372.7 years
Larson380.0 years

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