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Overview

Introduction to Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish, Montana, in Flathead county, is 107 miles N of Missoula, Montana and 373 miles E of Seattle, Washington. The city has a population of 5,032.

Whitefish History

The history of Whitefish traces back to the year 1904, when the Great Northern Railway officially arrived in the area. Whitefish was originally known as "Stumptown." The first person to permanently settle in the area was John Morton, who arrived in 1883. The town was named because of its proximity to Lake Whitefish. Whitefish was incorporated in April of 1905. The first town council meeting was held in 1905.

Whitefish and nearby Attractions

  • Whitefish Lake State Park
  • Stumptown Historical Society Museum
  • Glacier National Park
  • Lone Pine State Park
  • Conrad Mansion
  • Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park

Things To Do In Whitefish

Whitefish celebrates a number of local festivals throughout the year, including the Huckleberry Days Art Festival every August, the Big Mountain Summer Festival in July and the Winter Carnival every February. The Big Mountain Golf Club and the Whitefish Lake Golf Club provide excellent facilities for golfers.

Whitefish Transportation

Calgary International is the closest major airport.

Whitefish Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Flathead Valley Community College, Salish Kootenai College and Blackfeet Community College.

People

Total Population 6,692
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,478
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 59.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.1%
Median Earnings25+ $34,573
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $8,813
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,216

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,500
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $677
Median House Value $275,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
US/American 0%
English 16.5%
Irish 17.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Whitefish Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 107 miles N of Missoula, Montana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 373 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Flathead
Standard Zip Codes 59937
Phone Area Codes 406
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.411
Longitude -114.336

Whitefish Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WHITEFISH
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 49 to 80 F
Oct Temp 30 to 55 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Station OLNEY
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 27 to 55 F
Jul Temp 43 to 79 F
Oct Temp 25 to 53 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches
Station CRESTON
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 49 to 79 F
Oct Temp 30 to 55 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Columbia Falls 4,856 $55,000
Kalispell 21,142 $53,617

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Whitefish Hospitals

NORTH VALLEY HOSPITAL - CAH
(Government - Federal)
6575 HWY 93 S
(406) 863-2501
Emergency Service: Yes

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Whitefish High Schools

WHITEFISH HIGH SCHOOL
1143 EAST 4TH
406-862-8600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 674 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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