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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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Whitefish is a town in Montana with a population of 7,070. Whitefish is in Flathead County and is one of the best places to live in Montana. Living in Whitefish offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Whitefish there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Whitefish and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Whitefish are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$326,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$898
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Whitefish Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    107.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    201.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,705.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    120.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Whitefish

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,870
National
$55,322

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Whitefish Reviews

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I love Whitefish, but it can get congested, esp throughout the summer. Even though it's a ski resort town (Big Mountain), summer is the busy time of year. The prices go up and traffic slows down. The jobs are primarily in hospitality and land/home prices are through the roof! Often homes are priced at twice the estimated value and even that has more than doubled since 2014! Not only has the cost of living gone up, but there are more free love/hippie types. I moved here for the clean water and air, and I'm worried everyday about the pollution.
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Whitefish is a great family friendly community. There is a lot of activities for families. The outdoor recreation is the highlight of this town in my opinion. It is riddled with hikes, mountains, lakes, streams, and so much more. The town doesn't get too hot or too cold, for Montana that is. The public schools do the best they can to give each student an equal opportunity and an excellent education. The community is tight-knit and unique.
I loved growing up in the small town atmosphere. It was always very safe here, and the scenery is gorgeous. Never-ending opportunities to experience the beautiful outdoors through camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, hunting, skiing, etc.