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Overview

Introduction to Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell is located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest city in the northwest portion of Montana. It's located in Flathead County and bordered by the scenic Kootenai and Flathead National forests. The nearby Flathead Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River. Kalispell serves as a base for recreational activities in the region. The renowned Glacier National Park is approximately 30 miles away. The city's name is a Salish Indian word which translates to "flat land above the lake."

History

The original inhabitants were the Salish, Kalispell, Blackfoot and Kutenai Indian tribes. They hunted for the region's buffalo, deer and elk. In 1855 the Indians were forced to move to the Flathead Reservation. Kalispell was established in the early 1890s after the arrival of the railroad. Tourism and businesses began to thrive due to the trains. Farming, sawmills and flour mills wee important factors for the economy.

Attractions

  • The Hockaday Museum of Art
  • Conrad Mansion
  • Glacier Orchestra & Chorale
  • Arts in the Park
  • The Strawberry Festival
  • Big Mountain Summer Art Festival
  • Mountain Madness Air Show
  • Huckleberry Days
  • Big Mountain Brew Fest

Activities

The region is a popular location for outdoor activities and includes plenty of campgrounds and cabins. The majestic Glacier National Park is close by. Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the nearby Big Mountain Ski Resort. Flathead Lake is well known for fishing and provides opportunities for boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, bicycle riding and hiking. Logan State Park and Lone Pine State Park offer outdoor activities and scenic views.

The Thompson Chain of Lakes is dedicated to fishing. The region is popular for hunting. Residents and visitors enjoy the walking trails at Woodland City Park. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the numerous golf courses in the region including the Big Mountain Golf Club. Mountain bike racing and triathlons occur during the summer. The city has an active nightlife and features numerous art galleries and boutiques.

Transportation

The city is served by the Glacier International Airport.

People

Total Population 21,142
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,630
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 47%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,617
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $766
Median House Value $186,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 15.4%

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

Kalispell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 92 miles N of Missoula, Montana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 373 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Flathead
Standard Zip Codes 59901, 59902
P.O. Box Zip Codes 59903, 59904
Phone Area Codes 406
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.195
Longitude -114.311

Kalispell 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 KALISPELL GLACIER PK AP
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 47 to 80 F
Oct Temp 28 to 55 F
Annual Precip 17.2 inches
Station CRESTON
Distance 8.3 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
Station WHITEFISH
Distance 15.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kalispell, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Creston (59901)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Columbia Falls 4,856 $55,000
Whitefish 6,692 $75,500

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

Kalispell Public Libraries

Library
Flathead County Library
247 1ST AVE EAST
Kalispell, Montana
(406) 758-5820
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Kalispell Hospitals

KALISPELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
310 SUNNYVIEW LANE
(406) 752-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

HEALTH CENTER NORTHWEST
(Proprietary)
320 SUNNYVIEW LANE
(406) 751-1724
Emergency Service: No

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FLATHEAD HIGH SCHOOL
644 4TH AVENUE WEST
406-751-3500
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Serves 1,831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

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