Quick Facts about
District 7 HRDC's Service Region
The hub of HRDC services are provided from Montana’s most populous city of Billings in Yellowstone County. Yellowstone County includes: Acton, Ballantine, Billings, Broadview, Custer, Huntley, Laurel, Pompey’s Pillar, Shepherd and Worden.
Quick Facts about Yellowstone:
· 14.4 percent increase in population
· 5.5 percent unemployment rate
· Average annual wage of $37,936
· 11.89 percent of the population receives SNAP
· 31.6 percent of the population is not in the labor force
Big Horn County
HRDC’s secondary market, receives services through our satellite office in the county seat of Hardin in Big Horn County. In addition, Big Horn County encompasses the Crow Indian reservation communities of Crow Agency, Fort Smith, Garryowen, Lodge Grass, Pryor, St. Xavier and Wyola. A smaller portion of the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation is also included in the county borders.
Quick Facts about Big Horn County:
· 64.3 percent of the population is American Indian/Alaska Native
· 23.5 percent of persons in Big Horn County live below the poverty level
· Unemployment hovers at 13.9 percent
· The high school drop rate is the highest in the state at 11.3 percent
· 359 families with children receive TANF
Despite its prominent ski resort affluence in the county seat of Red Lodge, many families struggle to make ends meet in Carbon County. Carbon County includes Bearcreek, Belfry, Boyd, Bridger, Edgar, Fromberg, Joliet, Luther, Roberts, Roscoe and Silesia. The top 10 private employers are largely located in Red Lodge and consist of health care and lesser paying service industry providers in support of the area’s tourism.
Quick Facts about Carbon County:
· 12.2 percent of its 10,078 resident population lives below the poverty level
· 6.2 percent unemployment rate
· 470 children (pre-kindergarten to 12th) were eligible for free/reduced lunch in academic year 2009-2010
Columbus is the county seat and the home of Stillwater County’s largest private employer. Mining, quarry, and oil and gas extraction accounts for 26 percent of the industry mix in Absarokee, Columbus, Dean, Fishtail, Limestone, Molt, Nye, Park City, Rapelje and Reed Point; followed by agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting at 14 percent; and construction at 13 percent.
Quick Facts about Stillwater County:
· The majority or 39.6 percent of its county residents have a high school diploma or equivalent
· 8.6 percent have less than a high school degree
Sweet Grass County
Stillwater Mining impacts the economic landscape of its neighboring Sweet Grass County. Although a much smaller county comprised of Big Timber, Greycliff, McLeod and Melville, the hardships are more prevalent than that of its neighboring community.
Quick Facts about Sweet Grass County:
· 12.1 percent of the county resides below poverty level
· 66.2 percent of the workforce does not possess a college degree
· 13.8 percent of the population lacks a high school diploma
· The drop out rate increased from 0 to 3 percent
General District 7 HRDC facts
The facts about who HRDC serves (2011 annual report):
· 95 percent of families have an income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
· 61 percent of participants are white
· 31 percent of participants have no health insurance
· 44 percent of participants are under the age of 18
· 23 percent of participants are elderly
Poverty in Montana Resources
Many Montanans struggle with poverty on a daily basis. Below are some links to resources and information outside of HRDC: