The small town of Lakeside, Montana is home to approximately 2,000 residents. Retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (26%) here than nationally (14%), while young adults are less well-represented. Overall, the town's residents, with an average age of just over 46, are older than most cities in Montana. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 76% of residents own their homes. Relatively high rent costs could be playing a role, as the average rent of $997 a month is substantially higher than the state average of $818.
Many Lakeside residents work in one of two industries: retail and manufacturing. Together, these industries make up 17% of the town's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 8% of the town's population works in sales, making it the top field in the town. With an average annual income of just under $62,000, Lakeside workers take home about the same as the average Montana resident. Lakeside, however, compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), Lakeside has a relatively high number of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 8% possess a Master's degree or a Doctoral degree. In addition, 20% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.
Lakeside has an average commute time of about 30 minutes, longer than the Montana average of about 18 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the typical mode of getting to work, chosen by 37% of commuters, while public transit is not used. Walking (3%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
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