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Community Health Specialist:

David Young

MSU Extension - Community Health Resources

College Department

Community Profiles

Table of Contents



FORSYTH

  • Background: Forsyth was named after General James W. Forsyth who was the first US Army officer to arrive in the area by river steamer before there was a town. Forsyth as a town was established in 1880 and earned its post office in 1882 when the Northern Pacific railroad arrived. Forsyth is the county seat of Rosebud County.

  • Population:
    • a. Forsyth - 1,857
      b. Rosebud County - 9,190

  • Population over 65:
    • a. Forsyth - 17.4 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)
      b. Rosebud County - 10.7 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)

  • Poverty Rate:
    • a. All ages - 17.7 percent (compared to 13.6 percent for all Montana)
      b. Over 65 - 15.1 percent (compared to 9.1 percent for all Montana)

  • Per Capita Income: $28,776 (compared to $29,517 for all Montana)

  • Educational Attainment:
    • a. No high school diploma - 19.4 percent (compared to 12.8 percent for all Montana)
      b. Bachelor’s degree or higher - 17.6 percent (compared to 24.4 percent for all Montana)

  • No Health Insurance Coverage: - 21 percent (compared to 16 percent for all Montana)

  • References:
    • a. http://extn.msu.montana.edu/communitydevelopment/pubs/County%20Profiles/Rosebud%20County%20profile.pdf
      b. http://www.indicators.nwaf.org/DrawRegion.aspx?RegionID=30087

SCOBEY

  • Background: Major Charles Robert Scobey, an agent on the Ft. Peck Reservation, was instrumental in getting a post office established for a new settlement named in his honor during the early 1900s. The town of Scobey was officially established in 1913 and being the end of the Great Norther railroad, it became the largest primary wheat shipping point in North America in 1924.

  • Population:
    • a. Scobey - 891
      b. Daniels County - 1,643

  • Population over 65:
    • a. Scobey - 27.7 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)
      b. Daniels County - 24.7 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)

  • Poverty Rate:
    • a. All ages - 10.7 percent (compared to 13.6 percent for all Montana)
      b. Over 65 - 13.2 percent (compared to 9.1 percent for all Montana)

  • Per Capita Income: $30,379 (compared to $29,517 for all Montana - 2004)

  • Educational Attainment:
    • a. No high school diploma - 14.7 percent (compared to 12.8 percent for all Montana)
      b. Bachelor’s degree or higher - 14.1 percent (compared to 24.4 percent for all Montana)

  • No Health Insurance Coverage: - 18 percent (compared to 16 percent for all Montana)

  • References:
    • a. http://extn.msu.montana.edu/communitydevelopment/pubs/County%20Profiles/Daniels%20County%20profile.pdf
      b. http://www.indicators.nwaf.org/DrawRegion.aspx?RegionID=30019

TERRY

  • Background: Terry was named after General Alfred H. Terry who commanded an 1876 expedition in connection with General Custer’s campaign against the Indians. The sheep industry flourished around Terry and in 1897 the Northern Pacific Railroad built its own wool house in Terry. Terry is the county seat for Prairie County.

  • Population:
    • a. Terry - 544
      b. Prairie County - 1,064

  • Population over 65:
    • a. Terry - 31.3 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)
      b. Prairie County - 23.0 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)

  • Poverty Rate:
    • a. All ages - 11.1 percent (compared to 13.6 percent for all Montana)
      b. Over 65 - 15.5 percent (compared to 9.1 percent for all Montana)

  • Per Capita Income: $28,714 (compared to $29,517 for all Montana)

  • Educational Attainment:
    • a. No high school diploma - 21.2 percent (compared to 12.8 percent for all Montana)
      b. Bachelor’s degree or higher - 14.8 percent (compared to 24.4 percent for all Montana)

  • No Health Insurance Coverage: - 19 percent (compared to 16 percent for all Montana)

  • References:
    • a. http://extn.msu.montana.edu/communitydevelopment/pubs/County%20Profiles/Prairie%20County%20profile.pdf
      b. http://www.indicators.nwaf.org/DrawRegion.aspx?RegionID=30079>

WIBAUX

  • Background: Wibaux is named after Pierre Wibaux who was one of the largest cattlemen in the state in the late 1800s. His own herd had been wiped out during the blizzards of 1886-87; however he got financial backing and made a fortune buying up cattle at bargain prices during the hard winter of 1890 when many cattlemen were forced to sell. Eventually he built his herd up to 75,000 head. Wibaux was a major cattle shipping center for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the early days and currently is the county seat.

  • Population:
    • a. Wibaux - 465
      b. Wibaux County - 866

  • Population over 65:
    • a. Wibaux - 26.8 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)
      b. Wibaux County - 23.6 percent (compared to 13.9 percent for all Montana)

  • Poverty Rate:
    • a. All ages - 10.6 percent (compared to 13.6 percent for all Montana)
      b. Over 65 - 12.6 percent (compared to 9.1 percent for all Montana)

  • Per Capita Income: $23,703 (compared to $29,517 for all Montana)

  • Educational Attainment:
    • a. No high school diploma - 23.2 percent (compared to 12.8 percent for all Montana)
      b. Bachelor’s degree or higher - 16.0 percent (compared to 24.4 percent for all Montana)

  • No Health Insurance Coverage: - 19 percent (compared to 16 percent for all Montana)

  • References:
    • a. http://extn.msu.montana.edu/communitydevelopment/pubs/County%20Profiles/Wibaux%20County%20profile.pdf
      b. http://www.indicators.nwaf.org/DrawRegion.aspx?RegionID=30109

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