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  • Community Profile

  • Geography

    Whitefish is located in northwestern Montana, at the northern most tip of the Flathead Valley, just 50 miles south of the Canadian border, and 25 miles west of Glacier National Park.  The City was incorporated in 1905, and named for the native fish harvested from Whitefish Lake for centuries.

    Elevation 3,033 ft
    Land Area 11.8 sq. mi
    Water Area 5 sq. mi
    Big Mountain Base Lodge 4,464 ft
    Big Mountain Summit 6,817 ft
    Whitefish Lake Length 7 mi
    Whitefish Lake Width 2.5 mi
    Whitefish Lake Depth 232.6 ft
    Whitefish Lake Shoreline 15.85 mi

  • Population

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    Year Whitefish (rank) Flathead County (rank)
    2010 6,357 (18) 90,928 (3)
    2000 5,032 74,471
    1990 4,368 59,218

     

  • Demographics

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    • Median age 41.7
    • Median household income $46,167
    • High school graduation rate 90.7%
  • Weather

    • Average annual high (°F) 53.4º
    • Average annual low 31.2º
    • Average January high 29º
    • Average January low 16º
    • Average July high 81º
    • Average July low 49º
    • Average annual rain precipitation  20.5 in
    • Average annual snowfall 65 in
  • Cost of Living Index

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    Percent of national average:

    • Composite index 116%
    • Groceries  109.6%
    • Housing 146%
    • Utilities  89%
    • Transportation 100%
    • Health care 108%
    • Misc. goods/services 100%

    Source: Sperling 2015

  • Tax Information

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    • Montana income tax: Rates 2 to 11%
    • Income brackets (10) $2,200 to $77,800
    • Montana sales tax none
    • Whitefish resort tax:  3%
  • Government

    City of Whitefish
    418 E. Second St., Whitefish, MT 59937
    (406) 863-2400

    City Manager - Adam Hammatt
    Mayor - John Muhlfeld

    City Councilors:
         Katie Williams
         Pam Barberis
         Andy Fuery           
         Jen Frandsen
         Richard Hildner
         Frank Sweeney


    Flathead County 
    800 S. Main St. Kalispell, MT 59901
    (406) 257-4110

    County Commissioners:
         Pam Holmquist
         Gary Krueger
         Phil Mitchell
         

  • Top Whitefish Employers

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    • Winter Sports, Inc. 525* (80)
    • Burlington Northern 420
    • North Valley Hospital 375
    • Whitefish School District 250
    • Lodge at Whitefish Lake 235 * (110)
    • Glacier Restaurant Group 142
    • Grouse Mountain Lodge 100* (70)

    * seasonal employees
    ( ) permanent staff

  • Housing

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    • Median house price (2014) $285,000
    • Rent per month:
      • 3BR $1400 to $2500
      • 2BR $650 to $1550
      • 1BR $500 to $950

     

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