Meagher County, Montana (MT)

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County population in 2012: 1,924 (all rural); it was 1,932 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 265
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 330
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 588
Renter-occupied apartments: 211 (it was 215 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

32%

Land area: 2392 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.0 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Meagher County: 87.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (54.9%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (12.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 21%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Meagher County, Montana:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
Median resident age:  50.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years
Males: 957  (51.2%)
Females: 934  (48.8%)

Meagher County,MT real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Meagher County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $38,794 ($29,375 in 1999)

This county:

$38794
Montana:

$46972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $478 (lower quartile is $324, upper quartile is $566)
This county:

$478
State:

$600


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $119,406 (it was $68,400 in 2000)
Meagher:

$119,406
Montana:

$190,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $76,495 - $215,833
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $898
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $372

Institutionalized population: 17

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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

Meagher 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

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $895 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $951 (0.8%)

Meagher County household income distribution in 2009 Meagher County home values distribution Meagher County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.6%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.6%
Meagher County:

14.6%
Montana:

16.5%
(13.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 71.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 47 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, American Indian residents: 63 years old, Asian residents: 17 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 4 years old, Other race residents: 3 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Meagher County is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $636 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $823 a month.

Cities in this county include: White Sulphur Springs, Martinsdale-Ringling, Martinsdale.

Meagher 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 Meagher County: Adkison Ranch (A), Arthun Ranch (B), Camp Baker Recreation Site (C), Cook Ranch (D), Smith River Recreation Site (E), Bair Reservoir Sportsmans Access (F), Lake Sutherlin Recreation Site (G), Mc Guire Ranch (H), Blackhawk Cabin (I), Brekke Ranch (J), Brewer Ranch (K), McKee Homestead (L), Campbell Ranch (M), Mill Siding (N), Benton Gulch Guard Station (O), Moose Creek Campground (P), Newlan Creek Guard Station (Q), Culver Ranch (R), Conestoga Campground (S), Solbergs Pine Valley Cabins (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Meagher County include: Trinity Lutheran Church (A), Lutheran Church (B), Saint Johns Catholic Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Castle Cemetery (1), Kinyon Cemetery (2), Lennup Cemetery (3), Lebo Cemetery (4), Mayn Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Hidden Lake (A), Camas Lake (B), Soldiers Lake (C), Crater Lake (D), Edith Lake (E), Forest Lake (F), Upper Baldy Lake (G), Coates Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Woods Gulch Creek (A), Woodson Creek (B), Youngs Creek (C), Forty Creek (D), Honey Run Creek (E), Warm Springs Creek (F), Adams Creek (G), Agate Creek (H), Alabaugh Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Meagher County include: Smith River Valley Historical Marker (1), Tenderfoot Creek Experimental Forest (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Broadwater County , Cascade County , Gallatin County , Judith Basin County , Lewis and Clark County , Park County , Sweet Grass County , Wheatland County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.4%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 10
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 34 (71% naturalized citizens)

Meagher County:

1.8%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 2
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 15

Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 88.9%

Meagher County marital status for males Meagher County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Meagher County with a mortgage: 154 (10 second mortgage, 3 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 166

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Meagher County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2501
Mainline Protestant1242
Evangelical Protestant1054
Other481
None1,364-
Meagher 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: 2
Meagher County:

10.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Meagher County:

5.28 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

26.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Meagher County:

7.7%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Meagher County:

25.4%
State:

23.1%

Agriculture in Meagher County:

Average size of farms: 6303 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $144,959
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $32.12
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: 88.65%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $153,161
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.13%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 56.07%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $135,496
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 68.38%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.30
All wheat for grain: 10082 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Meagher County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 237177238.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Meagher County-area historical earthquake activity is near Montana state average. It is 45% 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 138.7 miles away from Meagher 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 223.3 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 131.1 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 114.9 miles away from the county center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 534.7 miles away from Meagher 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 206.8 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 Meagher County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 1

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 (41%)
  • Russia (18%)
  • Germany (12%)
  • Sweden (6%)
  • Other Northern Europe (6%)
  • Philippines (6%)
  • South Africa (6%)

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

  • German (29%)
  • Norwegian (15%)
  • English (13%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)

Meagher County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 550 (62%)
  • Carpooled: 132 (15%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (1%)
  • Walked: 79 (9%)
  • Other means: 4 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 121 (14%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

22 people in nursing homes
4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
157 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
17 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $30,389.

5.67% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($65,844 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.67%
Montana average:

6.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.28% relocated from other counties in Montana ($13,689 average AGI)
2.40% relocated from other states ($52,156 average AGI)
Meagher County:

2.40%
Montana average:

3.82%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



5.91% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,489 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.91%
Montana average:

6.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.65% relocated to other counties in Montana ($20,745 average AGI)
2.26% relocated to other states ($10,723 average AGI)
Meagher County:

2.26%
Montana average:

3.69%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3

Births per 1000 population in Meagher County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Meagher County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 12.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Meagher County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 385 (341 aged, 44 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 26%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 50.58
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3692.460
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1871.520
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 23166.41

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1100.550
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1100.550

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 55.65
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 150.080

Household type by relationship:

Households: 1,717

Size of family households: 317 2-persons, 80 3-persons, 64 4-persons, 34 5-persons, 9 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 268 1-person, 28 2-persons, 1 4-persons.

375 married couples with children.
82 single-parent households (31 men, 51 women).

93.5% of residents of Meagher County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 38% speak English well).
5.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $13,690,000 ($6925 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $267,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $5,372,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $2,163,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,356,000
Federal grants: $3,053,000
Federal procurement contracts: $442,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,304,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $454,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,131,000

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

Births: 119
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 131
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +6
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +78
Here:

+39 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Meagher County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.27 millions of gallons per day (22% from ground, 78% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 181
  • 1990 to 1999: 130
  • 1980 to 1989: 129
  • 1970 to 1979: 254
  • 1960 to 1969: 112
  • 1950 to 1959: 129
  • 1940 to 1949: 69
  • 1939 or earlier: 313
Rooms in houses/apartments in Meagher County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 25
  • 4 rooms: 103
  • 5 rooms: 138
  • 6 rooms: 140
  • 7 rooms: 67
  • 8 rooms: 35
  • 9+ rooms: 71
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 22
  • 4 rooms: 68
  • 5 rooms: 40
  • 6 rooms: 28
  • 7 rooms: 16
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9+ rooms: 24
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Meagher County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 36
  • 2 bedrooms: 179
  • 3 bedrooms: 238
  • 4 bedrooms: 103
  • 5+ bedrooms: 28
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 34
  • 2 bedrooms: 70
  • 3 bedrooms: 68
  • 4 bedrooms: 22
  • 5+ bedrooms: 18
Cars and other vehicles available in Meagher County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 32
  • 1 vehicle: 141
  • 2 vehicles: 227
  • 3 vehicles: 137
  • 4 vehicles: 36
  • 5+ vehicles: 15
  • no vehicle: 29
  • 1 vehicle: 86
  • 2 vehicles: 71
  • 3 vehicles: 22
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

65% of Meagher County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 44% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Montana.

Meagher County:

65.1%
State average:

54.0%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $56,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 15%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 14%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Meagher County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (53.1%)
  • Wood (31.1%)
  • Electricity (8.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.7%)
  • Other fuel (3.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.7%)
  • Electricity (21.4%)
  • Wood (20.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14.9%)
  • Utility gas (2.3%)
  • Coal or coke (1.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6
Here:

2.6%
Montana:

7.4%

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

5.6%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2
Here:

50.0%
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)

Meagher County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $195,000
    Air Transportation: $140,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $379,000
    Regular Highways: $362,000
    General - Other: $349,000
    Health - Other: $297,000
    Financial Administration: $163,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $115,000
    General Public Buildings: $104,000
    Central Staff Services: $82,000
    Local Fire Protection: $61,000
    Libraries: $58,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $27,000
    Air Transportation: $26,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $26,000
    Housing and Community Development: $18,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $12,000
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $240,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $65,000
    General - Other: $61,000
    Local Fire Protection: $59,000
    Regular Highways: $33,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $711,000

Meagher County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $195,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $9,000
    Regular Highways: $9,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $129,000
    General Local Government Support: $126,000
    Highways: $104,000
    All Other: $104,000
    Housing and Community Development: $18,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $15,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $100,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $81,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $13,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $127,000
    All Other: $107,000
    Highways: $51,000
    Health and Hospitals: $35,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,540,000
    Other License: $4,000

Meagher County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,986,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Meagher County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Meagher County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Meagher County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1574.3 years
William1366.5 years
George1177.7 years
Walter1179.5 years
Charles1074.0 years
James1073.2 years
Robert973.5 years
Helen978.8 years
Fred877.9 years
Kenneth772.0 years
Most common last names in Meagher County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Walter1177.1 years
Anderson976.7 years
Johnson977.3 years
Hanson778.8 years
Edwards777.1 years
Smith771.7 years
Buckingham679.3 years
Knight675.5 years
Rader569.0 years
Mcguire569.0 years

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