Whitefish is a somewhat small city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 8,295 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Whitefish is the 14th largest community in Montana. Whitefish has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Whitefish, where the median household income is $52,037.00.
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 91.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Whitefish is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Whitefish who work in food service (14.22%), management occupations (12.88%), and office and administrative support (11.67%).
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 9.03% 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.
If knowledge is power, Whitefish is a pretty powerful place. 54.31% of the adults in Whitefish have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Whitefish in 2018 was $41,734, which is wealthy relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,936 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 German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Whitefish is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.