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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. 2012 cost of living index in Golden Valley County: 86.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (22.8%), Retail trade (19.5%), Educational,health and social services (18.5%), Construction (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 26%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Golden Valley County, Montana:


Median resident age:  48.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years

Males: 463  (61.0%)
Females: 421  (39.0%)

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Average household size:
Golden Valley County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,996 ($27,308 in 1999)
This county:

$34996
Montana:

$42322

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $335 (lower quartile is $284, upper quartile is $411)
This county:

$335
State:

$533


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $90,488 (it was $58,400 in 2000)
Golden Valley County:

$90,488
Montana:

$176,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,736 - $138,385

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $327,544
Here:

$327,544
State:

$250,674

Mobile homes: $79,723
Here:

$79,723
State:

$51,663
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $988
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $260

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:


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $667 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $403 (0.5%)


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 2009: 12.7%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 48 years old
(Males: 49 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

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

25.8%
Whole state:

14.6%

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

15.5%
Whole state:

5.8%

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 .

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


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:

41.0% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 34.07%
Here34.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 355
Total congregations: 8

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchHutterian BrethrenUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents101 (28.5%)100 (28.2%)62 (17.5%)41 (11.5%)51 (14.4%)
Congregations1 (12.5%)1 (12.5%)2 (25.0%)2 (25.0%)2 (25.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Golden Valley County - Ryegate, Lavina

Food Environment Statistics:




Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
This county:

8.94 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Golden Valley County:

17.89 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.4%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.4%
Montana:

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 significantly below Montana state average. It is 95% 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 38.6 miles away from the county center
On 2/6/1999 at 23:29:48, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MD, 3.8 ML, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 99.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/9/2003 at 00:02:17, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 ML, Depth: 6.6 mi) earthquake occurred 64.4 miles away from the county center
On 7/15/2006 at 22:34:58, a magnitude 3.2 (2.8 ML, 3.2 ML, Depth: 6.0 mi) earthquake occurred 86.6 miles away from Golden Valley County center
On 7/15/2006 at 22:31:16, a magnitude 3.2 (3.0 ML, 3.2 ML, Depth: 6.0 mi) earthquake occurred 86.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/8/2003 at 18:34:20, a magnitude 3.0 (2.5 MB, 3.0 ML, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 64.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (60%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (2%)
  • Metal and metal products (1%)
  • Fuel dealers (1%)
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Chemicals (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (33%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Carpenters (3%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (18%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (12%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Accountants and auditors (4%)

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




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





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 2005 was $35,334.

9.49% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($37,946 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.49%
Montana average:

8.25%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.15% relocated from other counties in Montana ($27,135 average AGI)
3.33% relocated from other states ($10,811 average AGI)
Golden Valley County:

3.33%
Montana average:

4.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



9.72% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,605 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.72%
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: 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 from 2000 to 2006: 0.0

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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Golden Valley County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Golden Valley County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Golden Valley County government finances - Debt in 2002:


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


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Golden Valley County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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