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Missoula Healthy Kids Indicators - 2020


Almost every positive personal and community outcome is negatively affected by poverty, including short- and long-term health. Of particular concern are children living in poverty. Poverty is not merely an individual problem, but is also affected by community resources such as affordable housing, transportation, education and training, jobs providing a living wage, health insurance, and available child care which all contribute to a community’s poverty rate.

In addition, most contributors to a healthy lifestyle (physical activity, nutrition, healthy body weight, etc) are related to education and socioeconomic factors.  Therefore, the less education and income, the greater the chance they will have less healthy personal health behaviors.



In 2008, 15.7% of Missoula county children under age 18 lived in poverty.
That represents 3483 children.

graph percent of populationunder 18 living in poverty 2008 estimate Missoula, Montana US 

U.S. Census - 2008 Estimate


graph percent living in poverty Missoula, Montana, US, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 

U.S. Census

graph Missoulians in Poverty 1980, 1990, 2000 

U.S. Census

graph percent of missoulians living below poverty 2000 

How are we doing

Slightly better than the state and the country as a whole. For a family of four in the U.S., the poverty guideline (used to determine eligibility for programs) is defined by an annual household income of less than $22,050 for the year 2010.


Economic Status - 2010 Missoula MT

Families receiving TANF
1.2% 1.6%
Kids <18 eligible for reduced/free school lunch 31% 36%

MT Kids Count 2010

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