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Whitefish, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Whitefish had a population of 7,007 as of July 1, 2017. Whitefish ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Whitefish is located at latitude 48.4472 and longitude -114.3634 in Flathead County. The formal boundaries for the City of Whitefish (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.47 sq. miles and a water area of 5.37 sq. miles. Flathead County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,028 feet.

The City of Whitefish (GNIS ID: 2412257) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Whitefish is located within Whitefish Division of Flathead County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Whitefish population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Whitefish: Stump Town.

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Whitefish, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,007
Daytime Population: Workers 5,286
Daytime Population: Residents 3,255
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,541
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.22
Population in Households 6,970
Population in Familes 4,866
Population in Group Qrtrs 37
Population Density2 1,083
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $46,482
Average Household Income $67,402
Per Capita Income $30,788


Total Housing Units 4,488 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,785 (39.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,482 (33.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,221 (27.2%)
Median Home Value $330,976
Average Home Value $437,052


Total Households 3,267
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 1,782
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.34% 1.39%
Households 1.26% 1.36%
Families 1.83% 1.11%
Median Household Income   4.01%
Per Capita Income   3.61%

Whitefish, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Whitefish to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 18 95th
Population Density # 69 81st
Diversity Index # 144 61st
Median Household Income # 180 51st
Per Capita Income # 106 71st

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