Phillips County, Montana (MT)

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County population in 2012: 4,128 (all rural); it was 4,601 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 571
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 771
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,302
Renter-occupied apartments: 477 (it was 546 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

32%

Land area: 5140 sq. mi.

Water area: 72.6 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Phillips County: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (69.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 44%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 49%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Phillips County, Montana:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (86.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (8.1%)
  • Two or more races (3.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.9%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years
Males: 2,097  (54.2%)
Females: 2,156  (45.8%)
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Average household size:
Phillips County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $43,316 ($28,702 in 1999)

This county:

$43316
Montana:

$46972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $394 (lower quartile is $306, upper quartile is $503)
This county:

$394
State:

$600


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $89,374 (it was $56,500 in 2000)
Phillips:

$89,374
Montana:

$190,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,412 - $153,772
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $910
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $327

Institutionalized population: 40

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):

Phillips County, MT map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $125,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $160,000
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $117,000

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,040 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $794 (1.0%)

Phillips County household income distribution in 2009 Phillips County home values distribution Phillips County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.0%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.7% for American Indian residents, 83.3% for other race residents, 13.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.2%
Phillips County:

15.2%
Montana:

16.5%
(12.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.8% for American Indian residents, 82.6% for other race residents, 15.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 48 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 26 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 36 years old, Other race residents: 41 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Phillips 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: Malta, Whitewater, Saco, Dodson, Zortman.

Phillips 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 Phillips County: Mills' Ranch (A), Wooldridge (B), Abels Ranch (C), Barnard Ranch (D), Matovich Ranch (E), Matador Ranch (F), Martin's Ranch (G), Birums Ranch (H), Brady's Ranch (I), Cotter Ranch (J), Wagner (K), D K Ranch (L), Dodson (M), Davis Ranch (N), Nelson Reservoir Campground (O), Sleeping Buffalo Resort Golf Course (P), Sleeping Buffalo Resort Campground (Q), Fourchette Creek Campground (R), Edgewater Campground (S), Lovejoy (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Phillips County include: Grace Chapel (A), Loring Lutheran Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Landusky Cemetery (1), Graveyard Hill Cemetery (2), Midale Cemetery (3), Grandview Cemetery (4), Forks Cemetery (5), Hermanson Cemetery (6), Bowdoin Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Pea Lake (A), Lake Bowdoin (B), Shed Lake (C), Buckley Lake (D), The Plunge (E), Erphit Lake (F), Parrot Lake (G), Horseshoe Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Ruby Creek (A), Woody Island Creek (B), Shotgun Creek (C), Bad Land Creek (D), Dibble Creek (E), Sand Creek (F), D H S Creek (G), Alder Creek (H), Alkali Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Phillips County include: UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge (1), Manning Corral Prairie Dog Town (2), Sleeping Buffalo Rock Historical Marker (3), Cree Crossing Historical Marker (4), Cattle Brands Historical Marker (5), Early Day Outlaws Historical Marker (6), Little Rocky Mountains Historical Marker (7), Fourchette Creek Recreation Area (8), Riverview Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Blaine County , Fergus County , Garfield County , Petroleum County , Valley County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.5%
Montana:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 55
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 48 (63% naturalized citizens)

Phillips County:

1.0%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 10
  • 1990 to 1994: 2
  • 1985 to 1989: 6
  • 1980 to 1984: 12
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 14

Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.9%

Phillips County marital status for males Phillips County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Phillips County with a mortgage: 364 (30 second mortgage, 19 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 504

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Phillips County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7636
Catholic6555
Evangelical Protestant59811
Other1402
None2,097-
Phillips 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
Phillips County:

5.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Phillips County:

7.63 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

10.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Phillips County:

8.8%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Phillips County:

24.1%
State:

23.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.0%
State:

10.7%

Agriculture in Phillips County:

Average size of farms: 3613 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $72,016
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $62.54
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 67.90%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $69,263
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.72%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $78,517
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 78.67%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.79
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.13%
All wheat for grain: 95155 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Phillips County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 129049420.2 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Phillips County-area historical earthquake activity is below Montana state average. It is 22% 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 295.1 miles away from Phillips 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 411.7 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 290.3 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 304.0 miles away from the 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 396.0 miles away from Phillips County center
On 10/29/1983 at 23:29:11, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.0 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 406.7 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 Phillips County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
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 (81%)
  • Philippines (6%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Russia (4%)
  • South Africa (4%)

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

  • German (25%)
  • Norwegian (19%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • Scottish (4%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)

Phillips County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,317 (62%)
  • Carpooled: 249 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 19 (1%)
  • Walked: 307 (15%)
  • Worked at home: 221 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Phillips County, Montana in 2000:

  • 45 people in nursing homes
  • 12 people in other group homes
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 7 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 2 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

People in group quarters in Phillips County, Montana in 2010:

  • 40 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 40 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 38 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 6 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 3 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,008.

5.25% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,047 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.25%
Montana average:

6.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.90% relocated from other counties in Montana ($16,047 average AGI)
2.35% relocated from other states ($12,012 average AGI)
Phillips County:

2.35%
Montana average:

3.82%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



5.89% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($25,875 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.89%
Montana average:

6.73%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.50% relocated to other counties in Montana ($12,990 average AGI)
2.39% relocated to other states ($12,885 average AGI)
Phillips County:

2.39%
Montana average:

3.69%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Phillips County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 13.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Phillips County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Phillips County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 897 (815 aged, 82 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 23.8
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4641.750
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 285.650
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 18043.32

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 909.310
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 885.380
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 23.93

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.74
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 71.79

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,126

Size of family households: 633 2-persons, 210 3-persons, 179 4-persons, 85 5-persons, 32 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 585 1-person, 70 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 1 5-persons.

954 married couples with children.
184 single-parent households (54 men, 130 women).

96.1% of residents of Phillips County speak English at home.
0.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).
3.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (78% speak English very well, 22% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $47,385,000 ($11279 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $748,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $11,977,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $6,390,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,875,000
Federal grants: $12,133,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,441,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,569,000 ($415,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,985,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,024,000
Federal Government insurance: $20,570,000

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

Births: 226
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 291
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +8
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -360
Here -86 per 1000 residents
State +20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Phillips County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.30 millions of gallons per day (93% from ground, 7% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
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: 145
  • 1990 to 1999: 115
  • 1980 to 1989: 229
  • 1970 to 1979: 406
  • 1960 to 1969: 285
  • 1950 to 1959: 253
  • 1940 to 1949: 327
  • 1939 or earlier: 531
Rooms in houses/apartments in Phillips County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 37
  • 4 rooms: 158
  • 5 rooms: 276
  • 6 rooms: 256
  • 7 rooms: 186
  • 8 rooms: 147
  • 9+ rooms: 231
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 91
  • 4 rooms: 113
  • 5 rooms: 115
  • 6 rooms: 88
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 48
  • 9+ rooms: 33
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Phillips County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 53
  • 2 bedrooms: 284
  • 3 bedrooms: 504
  • 4 bedrooms: 344
  • 5+ bedrooms: 117
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 109
  • 2 bedrooms: 193
  • 3 bedrooms: 135
  • 4 bedrooms: 83
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26
Cars and other vehicles available in Phillips County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 24
  • 1 vehicle: 281
  • 2 vehicles: 505
  • 3 vehicles: 334
  • 4 vehicles: 89
  • 5+ vehicles: 69
  • no vehicle: 59
  • 1 vehicle: 224
  • 2 vehicles: 199
  • 3 vehicles: 44
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

65% of Phillips County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 61% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Montana.

Phillips County:

65.3%
State average:

54.0%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $13,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 8%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 9%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Phillips County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (67.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.5%)
  • Wood (5.5%)
  • Electricity (5.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.4%)
  • Coal or coke (1.1%)
  • Utility gas (52.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.0%)
  • Electricity (18.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.9%)
  • Wood (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (2.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 12
Here:

2.1%
Montana:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 15
Here:

3.9%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4
Here:

8.3%
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)

Phillips County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $433,000
    Local Fire Protection: $23,000
    General - Other: $2,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,160,000
    Police Protection: $666,000
    Health - Other: $375,000
    Financial Administration: $345,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $290,000
    General - Other: $276,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $228,000
    General Public Buildings: $210,000
    Central Staff Services: $194,000
    Solid Waste Management: $163,000
    Libraries: $74,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $49,000
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000
    Local Fire Protection: $18,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $892,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $103,000
    General - Other: $54,000
    Health - Other: $21,000
    Parks and Recreation: $15,000
    Central Staff Services: $10,000
    General Public Building: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,616,000

Phillips County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $471,000
    Solid Waste Management: $175,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $90,000
    Parks and Recreation: $12,000
    Regular Highways: $7,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,010,000
    Highways: $462,000
    General Local Government Support: $279,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,000
    Natural Resources: $1,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $606,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $107,000
    Sale of Property: $38,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $22,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,620,000
    General Local Government Support: $242,000
    Highways: $120,000
    Health and Hospitals: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,917,000
    Other License: $1,000

Phillips County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $158,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,299,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Phillips County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John4575.4 years
William3478.1 years
George2577.9 years
Charles2377.9 years
Robert2072.9 years
James2077.1 years
Mary1984.9 years
Margaret1784.4 years
Walter1677.7 years
Alice1575.9 years
Most common last names in Phillips County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2274.4 years
Olson1470.2 years
Hanson1481.3 years
Robinson1378.8 years
Young1278.3 years
Anderson1181.8 years
Taylor1184.4 years
Nelson1079.9 years
Hendrickson1074.3 years
Waters1082.7 years
Businesses in Phillips County, MT
NameCountNameCount
Albertsons1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
H&R Block1

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