Flathead County, Montana

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Flathead County, Montana
Flathead County Courthouse Kalispell Montana 20130719.JPG
Flathead County Courthouse in Kalispell
Seal of Flathead County, Montana
Map of Montana highlighting Flathead County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the United States highlighting Montana
Montana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1893
Named for Flathead Indians
Seat Kalispell
Largest city Kalispell
 • Total 5,256 sq mi (13,613 km2)
 • Land 5,068 sq mi (13,126 km2)
 • Water 158 sq mi (409 km2), 3.01%
 • (2010) 90,928
 • Density 15/sq mi (5.64/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website flathead.mt.gov

Flathead County is a county located in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 90,928.[1] Its county seat is Kalispell.[2] The numerical designation for Flathead County (used in the issuance of license plates) is 7. It is south from the Canadian border of British Columbia.

Flathead County comprises the Kalispell, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Flathead County was founded in 1893. It was named for the Salish (Flathead) Indians. The name originated with the early settlers who called several different tribes of Indians by this name on account of their custom of flattening the heads of infants by fastening a piece of board or a pad of grass upon the forehead. After this had been worn several months it caused a flat appearance of the head.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,256 square miles (13,613.0 km2), of which 5,098 square miles (13,203.8 km2) is land and 158 square miles (409.2 km2) (3.01%) is water.[4] The western part of Glacier National Park is located in the county.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Flathead County is one of the few counties in the United States to border as many as ten counties or county-equivalents. Neighboring Missoula County borders nine counties.

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 9,375
1910 14,079 50.2%
1920 21,705 54.2%
1930 19,200 −11.5%
1940 24,271 26.4%
1950 31,495 29.8%
1960 32,965 4.7%
1970 39,460 19.7%
1980 51,966 31.7%
1990 59,218 14.0%
2000 74,471 25.8%
2010 90,928 22.1%
Est. 2012 91,633 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 74,471 people, 29,588 households, and 20,415 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 34,773 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.26% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 1.15% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.7% were of German, 11.3% Irish, 11.0% Norwegian, 10.3% English and 9.1% United States or American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 29,588 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 26.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,466, and the median income for a family was $40,702. Males had a median income of $31,908 versus $20,619 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,112. About 9.40% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated places[edit]

Other communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 126. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 48°17′N 114°01′W / 48.29°N 114.02°W / 48.29; -114.02