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Population/Housing


Population
Kalispell 12,924 Median Age 37.2 years
Greater Kalispell 32,107 Avg. Household Income $44,251
Flathead County 75,615 Median Household Inc $32,412
    Per Capita Income $17,773
Housing
  • Avg. sales price of Flathead County, non-waterfront residences on acre or less $124,958

  • Avg. monthly rental cost, three bedroom: $600


    *Source: February 2002. Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Research & Analysis Division.

  • Economy


    Gross County Product and
    Basic Industry Gross Product
    Gross product(millions)
       
    Total gross county product $483
    Ag & Other $39
    Wood Products $103
    Selected Manufacturing $61
    Transportation $78
    Nonresident Travel $52
    Federal Government $49
    Primary Metals $54
    Trade Center Activity $47

    Employment


    *Major Industries
    **Employment
    Average Wage($)
    Total Employment 32,879 $24,695
    Services 14,799 $21,575
    Retail Trade 9,722 $15,672
    Manufacturing 4,799 $36,105
    Government 4,573 $29,795
    Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 3,855 $32,676
    Construction 2,079 $29,669
    Transportation and Utilities 2,108 $31,495
    Wholesale Trade 827 827
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries 393 $19,102
    Mining 123 $39,402

    * 2001 MT Dept Labor/Industry, R&A Bureau
    ** Average Annual Wages 2001, MT Dept Labor/Industry
     
    Avg. Annual Unemployment Rate for:
    Flathead County 5.9%
    Montana 4.6%

    Employers


    Largest Employers
  • American Timber Co. - Wood Products
  • Big Mountain Ski Resort - Ski and Summer Resort
  • Burlington Northern SanteFe -- Railroad
  • Century Tel - Telephone Utility
  • Columbia Falls Aluminum - Aluminum Refinery
  • Daily Inter Lake - Publisher
  • Flathead Electric Co-op - Electric Utility
  • Glacier Bank - Banking
  • Grouse Mountain Lodge - Resort and Hotel
  • Immanuel Lutheran Home - Nursing Home
  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center - Heath Care Center
  • L C Staffing Service - Temporary Employment Agency
  • Northwest Montana Human Resources - Private non-profit community agency
  • Plum Creek Manufacturing - Wood products manufacturer
  • Semitool Inc. - Electronics Equipment
  • Stream International - Technical Support
  • The Summit - Recreational and health facility
  • Tidyman's - grocery store
  • Wal-Mart - retail
  • Workplace Inc.
  • Area's Largest Public Industry Employers
  • Flathead Valley Community College
  • Kalispell School District
  • Flathead County
  • Glacier National Park
  • Columbia Falls School District
  • Flathead National Forest
  • Schools


    Learn more about school districts within the Flathead Valley by visiting the links below
     

    School Districts

  • Kalispell Public Schools
  • Whitefish Public Schools
  • Columbia Falls Public Schools
  • Taxes


    Per Capita
    Amount
    US Rank
    Total State & Local Taxes $2,324 48
    State Income Tax Burden $462 35
    State Sales & Exercise Tax $316 50

    Source: Tax Foundation 2001, U.S. Bureau of Census, FY 1996-97, and Washington Research Council

    Cost of Living


    Figures are a percentage of the U.S. Average (Flathead Valley)
    All Items 97.5
    Food 104.8
    Housing 89.9
    Utilities 92.2
    Transportation 92.0
    Health Care 96.6
    Miscellaneous $19,102
    Figures are a Percentage of the U.S. Average for Flathead Valley.

    Sources: *Study by Larry Swanson, regional economist for the Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Missoula
    ** 2000 U.S. Census Bureau and Jobs Now, Inc.
    Information obtained from the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
     
     
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