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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,859
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+3,588
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married58.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher51.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,801
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$16,656

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,395
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35%
Median Gross Rent$914
Median House Value$311,900

Ancestry

German24.9%
English15.8%
Irish15.1%
Norwegian10.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.8%
Dutch5.6%
Scottish4.9%
French Except Basque4.8%
Polish4.7%
Swedish3.7%
Italian3.3%
Greek1.3%
Portuguese0.7%
Swiss0.7%
Russian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
New Zealand0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Australian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Austrian0.1%
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Whitefish Almanac

CategoryValue
County Flathead County
Standard Zip Codes59937
Phone Area Codes406
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude48.44
Approximate Longitude-114.53

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)

StationWHITEFISH
Distance1.4 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
StationOLNEY
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp27 to 55 F
Jul Temp43 to 79 F
Oct Temp25 to 53 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches
StationCRESTON
Distance18.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Columbia Falls4,960$55,120
Kalispell21,619$54,685

Whitefish Public Libraries

Whitefish Community Library
9 SPOKANE AVENUE
Whitefish, Montana
(406) 862-9914

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Whitefish Hospitals

North Valley Hospital
(Non-profit)
1600 Hospital Way
(406) 863-3500

Whitefish Public Schools

Bissell 7-8
5955 Farm To Market Road
ZIP: 59937
(406) 862-2828
Middle
Total Enrollment 14
Bissell School
5955 Farm To Market Road
ZIP: 59937
(406) 862-2828
Primary
Total Enrollment 63
L A Muldown School
1300 East 7th St.
ZIP: 59937
(406) 862-8620
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Whitefish High School
1143 East 4th St.
ZIP: 59937
(406) 862-8600
High
Total Enrollment 497
Whitefish Middle 5-8
600 East Second Street
ZIP: 59937
(406) 862-8650
Middle
Total Enrollment 491

Whitefish Private Schools

Whitefish Christian Academy
820 Ashar Ave
ZIP: 59937
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
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