Whitefish, MT
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Whitefish is a somewhat small city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 7,279 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Whitefish is the 14th largest community in Montana.

Whitefish home prices are not only among the most expensive in Montana, but Whitefish real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Whitefish is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Whitefish is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Whitefish who work in management occupations (15.37%), healthcare (13.79%), and food service (8.76%).

Also of interest is that Whitefish has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Whitefish telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.81% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.91 minutes getting to work every day.

Whitefish is a small city, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Whitefish, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 81.23% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.

As is often the case in a small city, Whitefish doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Whitefish, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Whitefish is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.12% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Whitefish in 2010 was $32,376, which is wealthy relative to Montana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,504 for a family of four. However, Whitefish contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Whitefish home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Whitefish residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Whitefish include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Whitefish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Greek.



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