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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,619
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens16.1%
Employed Population 16+9,535
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married48.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.5%
Median Earnings25+$27,816
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,189
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,603

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,685
% Above Poverty Level81.5%
% Below Poverty Level18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone36.7%
Median Gross Rent$770
Median House Value$193,200

Ancestry

German23.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.4%
Irish15.8%
English10.9%
Norwegian10.5%
Italian4.2%
French Except Basque3.7%
Scottish3.2%
Swedish3%
Polish1.9%
Czech1.8%
Danishn1.6%
Welsh1.3%
West Indian0.8%
Russian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Swiss0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Croatian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
African0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Basque0.1%
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Kalispell Almanac

CategoryValue
County Flathead County
Standard Zip Codes59901
P.O. Box Zip Codes59903, 59904
Phone Area Codes406
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude48.19
Approximate Longitude-114.35

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)

StationKALISPELL GLACIER PK AP
Distance7.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp31 to 56 F
Jul Temp47 to 80 F
Oct Temp28 to 55 F
Annual Precip17.2 inches
StationCRESTON
Distance8.3 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp49 to 79 F
Oct Temp30 to 55 F
Annual Precip20.1 inches
StationWHITEFISH
Distance15.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp49 to 80 F
Oct Temp30 to 55 F
Annual Precip21.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Columbia Falls4,960$55,120
Whitefish6,859$84,395

Kalispell Public Libraries

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Kalispell Hospitals

Kalispell Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
320 Sunnyview Ln
(406) 752-5111
Health Center Northwest
310 Sunnyview Ln
(406) 751-7550

Kalispell Public Schools

Cayuse Prairie 7-8
897 Lake Blaine Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 756-4560
Middle
Total Enrollment 43
Cayuse Prairie School
897 Lake Blaine Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 756-4560
Primary
Total Enrollment 184
Cornelius Hedges School
827 4th Avenue E
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-4090
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Creston School
4495 Montana 35
ZIP: 59901
(406) 755-2859
Primary
Total Enrollment 74
East Evergreen School
585 E. Evergreen
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-1121
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Edgerton School
1400 Whitefish Stage
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Elrod School
412 3rd Avenue W
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Evergreen 5-6 School
20 West Evergreen Drive
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-1131
Middle
Total Enrollment 167
Evergreen 7-8
20 West Evergreen Drive
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-1131
Middle
Total Enrollment 175
Fair-mont-egan 7-8
797 Fairmont Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 755-7072
Middle
Total Enrollment 38
Fair-mont-egan School
797 Fairmont Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 755-7072
Primary
Total Enrollment 142
Flathead High School
644 4th Avenue West
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-3500
High
Total Enrollment 1512
Glacier High School
375 Wolfpack Way
ZIP: 59901
(406) 758-8600
High
Total Enrollment 1294
Helena Flats 7-8
1000 Helena Flats Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 257-2301
Middle
Total Enrollment 47
Helena Flats School
1000 Helena Flats Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 257-2301
Primary
Total Enrollment 168
Kalispell Middle School
205 Nw Lane
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-3800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1010
Lillian Peterson School
1119 2nd Street W
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-3737
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Russell School
227 West Nevada
ZIP: 59901
(406) 751-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Smith Valley 7-8
2901 Highway 2 West
ZIP: 59901
(406) 756-4535
Middle
Total Enrollment 36
Smith Valley Primary Schl
2901 Hwy 2 West
ZIP: 59901
(406) 756-4535
Primary
Total Enrollment 177
West Valley Middle School
2290 Farm To Market Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 755-7239
Middle
Total Enrollment 191
West Valley School
2290 Farm To Market Road
ZIP: 59901
(406) 755-7239
Primary
Total Enrollment 392

Kalispell Private Schools

Kalispell Montessori Center
349 Willow Glen Dr
ZIP: 59901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
Rocky Mountain Education
204 Two Mile Dr
ZIP: 59901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 3
St Matthew's School
602 S Main St
ZIP: 59901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 198
Stillwater Christian School
255 Ffa Dr
ZIP: 59901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 270
Summit Preparatory School
1605 Danielson Rd
ZIP: 59901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
Trinity Lutheran School
495 5th Avenue West N
ZIP: 59901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Valley Adventist Christian School
1275 Helena Flats Rd
ZIP: 59901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Woodland Montessori School
5 Parkhill Rd
ZIP: 59901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Individualized Ed Center
66 Claremont St
ZIP: 59912
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
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