Great Falls, Montana
Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
Proximity to hospitals can be an important consideration in determining the most suitable senior community for you or your loved one. In total, there are 2 hospitals located in Great Falls which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals in Great Falls include Great Falls Clinic Hospital and Benefis Hospitals Inc.
Cost of Living
The total cost of living can be the major factor when choosing what location fits best. Great Falls has a cost-of-living index of 96.5 and a grocery-price index of 106.8. Index scores are based on a system where 100 is the average and any amount under 100 is considered less pricey than the average amount. The rent burden for Great Falls is about 16.0% of the average person's monthly income. Great Falls has a median home value of $164,565 and the median cost of rent is around $828 per month.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
Weather, especially humidity and air quality, can be a big influence in deciding which location is the best fit for your family. The average air quality index rating in Great Falls is about 28.3. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. This means that there is no health advisory associated with the air quality for this destination. The air quality index score reaches its peak in the month of December at around 70.2. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. Great Falls has a cold semi-arid type of climate. On average, Great Falls has a humidity rating of around 55%. Humidity levels peak in the month of January at about 63%. In the summer, the temperature in Great Falls is around 67°F. The summer high peaks at around 89°F during July. The lowest summer temperature is roughly 46°F during the month of June. In the winter, the average temp in Great Falls dips to roughly 27°F. The high winter temperature is roughly 40°F in the month of February. The low winter temperature is around 15 °F during the month of December. Monthly, Great Falls receives around 1 inches of precipitation. The most precipitation usually falls in June with an average of 3 inches during the month. For snowfall, Great Falls experiences on average 58.00 inches of snow.
Demographics and Values
In Great Falls, 14.4% of the people are veterans of the United States armed forces. Great Falls is considered very unfriendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Based on gender, 49.3% are male and 50.7% are female. In Great Falls, 30.9% of the population are over the age of 55, 11.3% are over the age of 60, 7.1% are over the age of 70, and 5.3% are over the age of 80. The median age of Great Falls is 39 years old. In terms of crime, Great Falls has 4.2 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 51.4 property crimes per 1000 residents. In Great Falls, 62.0% are nonbelievers. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Great Falls 11.7% practice Catholicism, 6.3% practice another Chrisitan faith, and 6.2% are Lutherans. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Great Falls, out of the total population 0.1% practice Judaism, 0.0% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.0% practice Islam. Racially, the population of Great Falls is 4.1% mixed race, 87.6% white, 5.5% Native American, 0.7% other or not specified, 4.2% Hispanic, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 1.1% Asian, and 0.9% black. In terms of education, 9.2% have a graduate degree, 30.6% have a high-school diploma, and 27.1% have a college degree. Great Falls has a population density of 990 people per square mile. The current population of Great Falls is shrinking at a rate of -0.002%. In Great Falls, 14.5% live in poverty, 10.7% do not have health insurance, 7.0% consider themselves widows, and 15.6% have some form of disability. In the previous presidential election, 35.2% voted Democrat, 56.8% voted Republican, and 8.0% voted for a third party candidate in Cascade county.
An overview of Montana
Montana is ranked 29th in quality of life and 28th in healthcare. There are 65 general hospitals and 64 health centers that provide care for 1,071,601 Montana residents. The three highest ranked hospitals in Montana are St Patrick Hospital, St Vincent Healthcare, and Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Based on natural beauty, Montana ranks 22nd in the nation. The state of Montana has a cost of living index of 104.0 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than the average. The state has a grocery index rating of 105.1 and a housing index rating of 111.6.
Social demographics of the state
In Montana, 33% of the population is over the age of 55. The median age in the state is 40. During the latest presidential election, 56% voted for the Republican candidate while 36% voted for the Democratic candidate. The state of Montana ranks 46th in the country for diversity. In terms of religion, 31% of Montana residents attend religious services among the 1,778 different congregations that are available in the state. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-28%, Mainline Protestant-14%, and Historically Black Protestant-1%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Montana there are 94 masonic lodges.
State-wide weather information
On average, the humidity rating for Montana is around 60%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 82% in the month of December. On average, the state receives 1.27 inches of precipitation a month. The most precipitation occurs in June with an average of 4.69 inches of precipitation a month. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 23°F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 44°F during the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around -3°F during the month of January. During the summer, the average temperature in Montana is around 65°F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 91°F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 34°F during the month of June. On average, Montana has an air quality index rating of around 37.0 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of August with a rating of 69.8 AQI. While residents of Montana mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Montana can include floods and earthquakes (moderate) and tornados.
Wildlife to be found in Montana
The state of Montana has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of bedstraws, barberries, alder, and amaranth. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the gars, the goats, the goldeyes, or the drums. The state animal of Montana is the grizzly bear.