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County population in 2012: 3,605 (all rural); it was 3,609 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 593
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 519
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,094
Renter-occupied apartments: 478 (it was 382 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

32%

Land area: 1855 sq. mi.
Water area: 6.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 2 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sweet Grass County: 89.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (26.5%), Educational,health and social services (15.2%), Construction (13.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 17%
  • Unpaid family work: 3%
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Races in Sweet Grass County, Montana:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Montana median age:  39.0 years

Males: 1,846  (49.3%)
Females: 1,805  (50.7%)

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Average household size:
Sweet Grass County:

2.0 people
Montana:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $41,550 ($32,422 in 1999)
This county:

$41550
Montana:

$42322

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $507 (lower quartile is $363, upper quartile is $671)
This county:

$507
State:

$533


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $199,031 (it was $107,900 in 2000)
Sweet Grass County:

$199,031
Montana:

$176,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $126,488 - $306,012

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $422,069
Here:

$422,069
State:

$250,674

Townhouses or other attached units: $108,092
Here:

$108,092
State:

$190,973

Mobile homes: $372,705
Here:

$372,705
State:

$51,663

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $32,139
Here:

$32,139
State:

$45,944
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,113
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $326

Institutionalized population: 45

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):


Sweet Grass 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: $1,055 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,287 (0.7%)


Sweet Grass County household income distribution in 2009 Sweet Grass County home values distribution


Sweet Grass County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 14.5%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.0% for American Indian residents, 30.8% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 10 years old)

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

11.4%
Whole state:

14.6%

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

3.4%
Whole state:

5.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sweet Grass 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: Big Timber, Greycliff, North of the Yellowstone, South of the Yellowstone.

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

2005 air pollution in Sweet Grass County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 23 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Sweet Grass County: Camp-on-the-Boulder (A), Camp Mimanagish (B), Mattice Homestead (C), Beley Ranch (D), Mason Homestead (E), Bert Woods Homestead (F), Aspen Campground (G), Bjorndal Ranch (H), Blanchard Homestead (I), Bob Woods Homestead (J), Boe Ranch (K), Falls Creek Campground (L), Chippy Park Campground (M), Branae Ranch (N), Gibson (O), Big Timber Guard Station (P), McConnell Homestead (Q), Buffalo Jump Ranch (R), McKinsey Homestead (S), Carney Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Sweet Grass County: Melville Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Kent Cemetery (1), Mountain View Cemetery (2), Reed Point Cemetery (3), Thomas Massacre Graves Historical (4), Melville Cemetery (5), Hopkins Cemetery (6), Reed Point Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Cascade Lake (A), Hidden Lake (B), Kent Lake (C), Rein Lake (D), Camp Lake (E), Horseshoe Lake (F), Burnt Gulch Lake (G), Wounded Man Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Work Creek (A), Billy Creek (B), Milligan Creek (C), Amelong Creek (D), Bailey Creek (E), Basin Creek (F), Bear Pen Creek (G), Big Timber Creek (H), Blackaby Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Sweet Grass County include: Natural Bridge State Park (1), Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park (2), Thomas Party Historical Marker (3), Captain William Clark Historical Marker (4), Crazy Mountains Historical Marker (5), Bonanza or Bozeman Trail Historical Marker (6), Gage Pioneer Memorial (7), Eagle Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Golden Valley County , Meagher County , Park County , Stillwater County , Wheatland County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 53
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 61 (61% naturalized citizens)

Sweet Grass County:

1.7%
Whole state:

1.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 88.3%

Sweet Grass County marital status for males
Sweet Grass County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Sweet Grass County with a mortgage: 301 (30 second mortgage, 33 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 303

Here:

49.8% with mortgage
State:

64.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 34.08%
Here34.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,230
Total congregations: 11

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents567 (46.1%)194 (15.8%)180 (14.6%)85 (6.9%)204 (16.6%)
Congregations2 (18.2%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)1 (9.1%)6 (54.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Sweet Grass County - Big Timber, Greycliff, North of the Yellowstone, South of the Yellowstone

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

2.64 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.



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

7.91 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Sweet Grass County:

7.91 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.3%
Montana:

7.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.0%
Montana:

23.1%



Agriculture in Sweet Grass County:

Average size of farms: 2429 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $46,718
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $31.80
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.99%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 89.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $48,745
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.11%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 59.75%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $73,595
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 79.83%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.51
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.08%
All wheat for grain: 2847 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Sweet Grass County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Montana state average. It is 30.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Sweet Grass County-area historical earthquake activity is below Montana state average. It is 58% 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 96.1 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 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 91.0 miles away from the county center
On 11/24/2000 at 04:20:06, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.3 ML, Depth: 2.7 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.2 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/2008 at 11:59:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.2 MW, 4.2 ML, Depth: 0.2 mi) earthquake occurred 80.7 miles away from Sweet Grass County center
On 6/18/2006 at 00:05:32, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 3.6 MS, 4.1 MW, 4.0 ML, Depth: 7.1 mi) earthquake occurred 97.4 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1997 at 02:33:06, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 ML, 3.9 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 90.2 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 Sweet Grass County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (27%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (17%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)

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




Most common first ancestries reported in Sweet Grass County (%):





Sweet Grass County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,002 (57%)
  • Carpooled: 278 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 37 (2%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 158 (9%)
  • Other means: 17 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 257 (15%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


52 people in nursing homes
5 people in other workers' dormitories
45 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $44,691.

9.87% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($51,924 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.87%
Montana average:

8.25%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.52% relocated from other counties in Montana ($18,107 average AGI)
5.35% relocated from other states ($33,817 average AGI)
Sweet Grass County:

5.35%
Montana average:

4.64%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Yellowstone County, MT  1.58% ($36,857 average AGI)


8.98% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,153 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.98%
Montana average:

7.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.64% relocated to other counties in Montana ($15,288 average AGI)
4.34% relocated to other states ($20,856 average AGI)
Sweet Grass County:

4.34%
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  1.45% ($29,158 average AGI)
to Gallatin County, MT  1.22% ($25,313)
to Park County, MT  0.76% ($40,300)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.2

Births per 1000 population in Sweet Grass County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Sweet Grass County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Sweet Grass County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 602 (556 aged, 46 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 27.03
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4947.280
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1622.060
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26818.06

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 762.530
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 816.990

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.35
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 54.47

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 54.47

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,606

Size of family households: 586 2-persons, 173 3-persons, 178 4-persons, 75 5-persons, 25 6-persons, 8 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 484 1-person, 54 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

97.0% of residents of Sweet Grass County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (56% speak English very well, 44% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (86% speak English very well, 14% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $29,070,000 ($7859 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $312,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $8,427,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,217,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $925,000
Federal grants: $14,650,000
Federal procurement contracts: $182,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,670,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $253,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,124,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,647,000

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

Births: 192
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 192
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +19
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+2 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +51
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Sweet Grass County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.35 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Sweet Grass County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 36
  • 4 rooms: 128
  • 5 rooms: 256
  • 6 rooms: 225
  • 7 rooms: 150
  • 8 rooms: 138
  • 9+ rooms: 141
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 32
  • 3 rooms: 52
  • 4 rooms: 102
  • 5 rooms: 66
  • 6 rooms: 68
  • 7 rooms: 19
  • 8 rooms: 22
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Sweet Grass County, Montana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 78
  • 2 bedrooms: 240
  • 3 bedrooms: 487
  • 4 bedrooms: 209
  • 5+ bedrooms: 70
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 77
  • 2 bedrooms: 152
  • 3 bedrooms: 107
  • 4 bedrooms: 32
  • 5+ bedrooms: 12
Cars and other vehicles available in Sweet Grass County, Montana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 53
  • 1 vehicle: 274
  • 2 vehicles: 389
  • 3 vehicles: 249
  • 4 vehicles: 82
  • 5+ vehicles: 47
  • no vehicle: 29
  • 1 vehicle: 181
  • 2 vehicles: 114
  • 3 vehicles: 38
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

56% of Sweet Grass County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 45% lived in Montana.

Sweet Grass County:

55.8%
State average:

54.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $75,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 7%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Sweet Grass County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (53.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.9%)
  • Wood (15.4%)
  • Electricity (6.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Utility gas (45.3%)
  • Electricity (21.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.2%)
  • Wood (13.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 23
Here:

5.1%
Montana:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Montana:

6.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 12
Here:

33.3%
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

Sweet Grass County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Sweet Grass County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Sweet Grass County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Sweet Grass County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Sweet Grass County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Sweet Grass County, MT among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3675.6 years
Charles2079.4 years
William2079.0 years
Mary1885.9 years
James1676.8 years
Robert1582.9 years
Arthur1582.7 years
Ruth1379.4 years
George1376.5 years
Albert1181.7 years
Most common last names in Sweet Grass County, MT among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1575.9 years
Hauge1073.9 years
Thompson1079.3 years
Grosfield982.6 years
Anderson982.1 years
Tronrud979.9 years
Faw879.9 years
Smith883.1 years
Jones770.6 years
Davis778.9 years
Businesses in Sweet Grass County, MT
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1U-Haul1
FedEx1UPS1
Super 81

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