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As member-owned financial cooperatives, credit unions strive to provide their members with the best possible financial services. Of course, credit unions don't operate in a vacuum. The rates that they offer and the services their members demand (and can afford) are tied to the local, state, and national economies.

On this page, you'll find links to websites that provide portals to data, statistics, and analysis that help provide a little economic background and context for credit union operations in Montana and the U.S. The "Featured Resource" is something — a report, website, infographic, blogpost — that we find particularly timely or that we've just discovered and found interesting or useful. 

Montana Statistics (9/30/15)

  • Credit Unions in Montana: 52
  • Total Members: 381,000
  • Avg Assets per Credit Union: 86.5 mil.
  • Asset Growth: 2.6%
  • Loan Growth: 5.9%
  • Membership Growth:  -0.8%  
  • Savings Growth: 2.3%
  • Net Worth/Assets: 11.4%
  • Loans/Shares: 63.1%

Headwaters Economics

Economic tools

If you're wondering about your local economy, Headwaters Economics -- an independent, nonprofit research group based in Bozeman -- announced that it had updated three free, easy-to-use economic tools with the latest data and trends for every county in the country. The organization's Economic Profile System, West-Wide Economic Atlas, and "One Click tool" lets you access current and historical data about employment, personal income, labor earnings, socioeconomic and land use trends in for the counties your credit union serves. It's fascinating information that can give you real insight into the communities you serve.

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Montana Statistics

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Websites that offer access to credit union-specific data.



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Websites that help form a picture of the Montana economy.


Statistics and reports on Montana's workforce, gathered and curated by the MT Department of Labor & Industry. They publish Montana Economy at a Glance, a monthly newsletter (most recent issue is December 2015), and special reports like Examining Montana's Wages (January 2015)


The Census and Economic Information Center in the MT Department of Commerce provides current data, demographic, maps, and analysis on economics and business; income, poverty, and health insurance; energy, and more.

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Portals to national trends, issues, and economic developments.


Access to more facts than you can imagine about people, business, and geography.

U.S. Department of Labor

Data on employment, wages and benefits, inflation and consumer spending, business costs, and much more.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve

The FRB Ninth District (which includes Montana) has sections on its website for economic research and regional economy. Both of which offer access to a wealth of research and information, including a regional economic forcast.

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