Whitefish, MT
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Whitefish is a somewhat small city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 7,073 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 87.57% 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 (17.05%), healthcare (12.29%), and sales jobs (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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One of the benefits of Whitefish is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.73 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Whitefish is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Whitefish. 52.09% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Whitefish in 2010 was $31,410, which is wealthy relative to Montana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,640 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Whitefish include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Dutch.

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

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