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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. 2012 cost of living index in Phillips County: 86.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (28.5%), Educational,health and social services (21.9%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 51%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Phillips County, Montana:


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 2009: $36,783 ($28,702 in 1999)
This county:

$36783
Montana:

$42322

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $350 (lower quartile is $237, upper quartile is $460)
This county:

$350
State:

$533


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $79,830 (it was $56,500 in 2000)
Phillips County:

$79,830
Montana:

$176,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,069 - $113,165

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $117,591
Here:

$117,591
State:

$250,674

In 2-unit structures: $108,767
Here:

$108,767
State:

$217,204

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $3,336,163
Here:

$3,336,163
State:

$183,986

Mobile homes: $71,137
Here:

$71,137
State:

$51,663
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,127
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $285

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:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,070 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $662 (1.1%)


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 2009: 15.8%
(15.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.9% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 14.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 14 years old, American Indian residents: 41 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

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

18.3%
Whole state:

14.6%

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

5.8%
Whole state:

5.8%

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 .

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


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:

41.9% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 80.59%
Here80.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,708
Total congregations: 22

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaHutterian BrethrenAssemblies of GodNational Association of Congregational Christian Churches
Adherents2,009 (54.2%)938 (25.3%)200 (5.4%)142 (3.8%)120 (3.2%)
Congregations5 (22.7%)5 (22.7%)2 (9.1%)2 (9.1%)1 (4.5%)
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristSouthern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents93 (2.5%)88 (2.4%)43 (1.2%)41 (1.1%)34 (0.9%)
Congregations1 (4.5%)1 (4.5%)1 (4.5%)2 (9.1%)2 (9.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Phillips County - Malta, Whitewater, Saco, Dodson, Zortman

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

5.08 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

7.63 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Phillips County:

10.17 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.8%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.1%
Montana:

23.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Phillips County:

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 below Montana state average. It is 21.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Phillips County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/5/1991 at 10:10:00, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 57.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (37%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Utilities (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Health care (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (22%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Carpenters (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $33,418.

5.67% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($23,500 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.67%
Montana average:

8.25%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.80% relocated from other counties in Montana ($17,114 average AGI)
1.87% relocated from other states ($6,375 average AGI)
Phillips County:

1.87%
Montana average:

4.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



6.51% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,314 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.51%
Montana average:

7.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.15% relocated to other counties in Montana ($15,118 average AGI)
2.36% relocated to other states ($11,196 average AGI)
Phillips County:

2.36%
Montana average:

4.10%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Yellowstone County, MT  1.08% ($18,471 average AGI)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Phillips County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Phillips County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Phillips County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Phillips County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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