Fergus County, MT

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2022 Population
11,496
0.279% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Tester
Democratic Party
US Senator
Steve Daines
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.7
2.64% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.8%
3.04% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$58,321
10.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$175,800
17% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Fergus County, MT had a population of 11.5k people with a median age of 46.7 and a median household income of $58,321. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Fergus County, MT grew from 11,464 to 11,496, a 0.279% increase and its median household income grew from $52,941 to $58,321, a 10.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fergus County, MT are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.52%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.33%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.32%).

None of the households in Fergus County, MT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.9% of the residents in Fergus County, MT are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Fergus County, MT was $175,800, and the homeownership rate was 67.3%.

Most people in Fergus County, MT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Fergus County, MT was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Fergus County, MT is home to a population of 11.5k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.57% of Fergus County, MT residents were born outside of the country (181 people).

In 2022, there were 61.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.7k people) in Fergus County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 175 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 158 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.9%
2022 Citizenship
99.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.9% of Fergus County, MT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Fergus County, MT was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fergus County, MT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.7k ± 49
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    175 ± 116
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    158 ± 62.6
2.05%
Hispanic Population
236 people

In 2022, there were 61.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.7k people) in Fergus County, MT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 175 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 158 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.05% of the people in Fergus County, MT are hispanic (236 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fergus County, MT as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.57%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
181 people
1.97%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
226 people

As of 2022, 1.57% of Fergus County, MT residents (181 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fergus County, MT was 1.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    518 ± 120
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    239 ± 118
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    145 ± 72

Fergus County, MT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Fergus County, MT employs 5.59k people. The largest industries in Fergus County, MT are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1,022 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (904 people), and Retail Trade (657 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,177), Transportation & Warehousing ($64,808), and Wholesale Trade ($58,479).

Occupations

5.59k
2022 Value
± 502
−2.88%
1 Year decline
± 13.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fergus County, MT declined at a rate of −2.88%, from 5.76k employees to 5.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fergus County, MT, are Management Occupations (882 people), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (523 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (517 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fergus County, MT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

5.59k
2022 Value
± 502
−2.88%
1 Year decline
± 13.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fergus County, MT declined at a rate of −2.88%, from 5.76k employees to 5.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fergus County, MT, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1,022 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (904 people), and Retail Trade (657 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fergus County, MT, though some of these residents may live in Fergus County, MT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,597
Median earning men ± $3,560
$30,943
Median earning women ± $1,943

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($68,112), Construction ($66,042), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,045).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($58,646), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,226), and Public Administration ($45,000).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 508k people employed in Montana. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Montana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 123
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 104
    Manufacturing
  3. 99
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Fergus County, MT went to Donald J. Trump with 74.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (23%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.18%).

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing the state of Montana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Montana

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Jon Tester
Senator from Montana1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
Steve Daines
Senator from Montana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Jon Tester and Steve Daines are the senators currently representing Montana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Montana

Montana is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.324% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.29% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (252k), Some college (211k), and Bachelors Degree (180k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fergus County, MT was $175,800 in 2022, which is 0.624 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $150,200 to $175,800, a 17% increase. The homeownership rate in Fergus County, MT is 67.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Fergus County, MT have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fergus County, MT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$175,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$17,863
$3,492
Median Property Taxes
±$385

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fergus County, MT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.3%
Homeownership
2022
66.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.3% of the housing units in Fergus County, MT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.7%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 301
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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Household Income

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$58,321
Median Household Income
± $5,482
5.19k
Number of Households
± 458

In 2022, the median household income of the 5.19k households in Fergus County, MT grew to $58,321 from the previous year's value of $52,941.

The following chart displays the households in Fergus County, MT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fergus County, MT is from Montana.
0.463
2022 Wage GINI in Montana
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in Montana

In 2022, the income inequality in Montana was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0827% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Montana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Montana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (61.9%)
  2. Worked At Home (17.2%)
  3. Carpooled (9.87%)

In 2022, 61.9% of workers in Fergus County, MT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (17.2%) and those who carpooled to work (9.87%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fergus County, MT have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.7% of the workforce in Fergus County, MT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fergus County, MT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fergus County, MT have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fergus County, MT (1.65k out of 11.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fergus County, MT is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

85.9% of the population of Fergus County, MT has health coverage, with 32.7% on employee plans, 17.4% on Medicaid, 16.3% on Medicare, 16.9% on non-group plans, and 2.66% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Fergus County, MT see 1228 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.567% decrease from the previous year (1235 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 925 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 370 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,228 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Fergus County, MT

Primary care physicians in Fergus County, MT see an average of 1,228 patients per year. This represents a 0.567% decrease from the previous year (1,235 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Fergus County, MT in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.2% under 18 years, 16.4% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 24.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.1%
Uninsured
32.7%
Employer Coverage
17.4%
Medicaid
16.3%
Medicare
16.9%
Non-Group
2.66%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fergus County, MT grew by 13.2% from 12.5% to 14.1%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.2% in Fergus County, MT.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.4% in Fergus County, MT.

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