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A+ Kalispell Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Kalispell Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Montana
973% less expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kalispell cost of living
D+ Kalispell Crime Total crime is 26% higher than Montana
Total crime
3,73936% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2736% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-46%Year over year crime is down
Kalispell crime
D- Kalispell Employment Household income is 14% lower than Montana
Median household income
$41,46725% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,86227% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Kalispell employment
F Kalispell Housing Home value is 3% lower than Montana
Median home value
$193,2005% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$77019% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Kalispell real estate or Kalispell rentals
B- Kalispell Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Montana
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
55%11% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Kalispell K-12 schools or Kalispell colleges

Living in Kalispell, MT

Kalispell, Montana is a mid-sized city with a population of 21,619 residents. The majority of Kalispell residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and American Indian and Alaskan. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Kalispell might be a good fit as 77% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 57% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Kalispell, Montana. To help you find the best places to live in and around Kalispell, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, weather, education and more.

Kalispell has a livability score of 65 out of 100 and is ranked #114 in Montana and #17,113 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Kalispell has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and education (B-). On a more negative note, Kalispell does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F), weather (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Kalispell, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Kalispell real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Kalispell. The median home price for Kalispell homes is $193,200, which is 3.3% lower than the Montana average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kalispell, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 14.6% higher than the Montana average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kalispell area were 10.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.3%.

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NOT faint at heart if U enjoy Work, Weather, Friendly people, forward thinking!

The scenery is outstanding, breathtaking. The weather is abysmal, really challenging 5 to 6 months out of the year, most years. There is an inversion, gray, overcast for days at a time and the temperatures are harsh and sometimes subzero for extended periods of time. People here leave their animals out, in 22 below zero weather, one call to the Animal Control, Heather I believe and it is just tough, there are virtually no cruelty rules about leaving your pet out in this weather. Completely ignorant and inexcusable attitudes and consciousness here where it concerns helpless animals. Also, Montana enjoys the record for infant and child deaths, another indication of the overall lack of any empathy, sympathy for the most vulnerable in Flathead Valley, truly appalling, people here look the other way, ignorant is a kind definition. There are old time families here and the good ole boy system in force at all times, hence, sky high rents, high crime, garbage pay, same families are employers. To give a summary the Attorney General Tim Fox allows employers in the "great" state of Montana to tell their workers they'll receive a bonus, said employee does all the work, hours, etc., and the employer in Montana can refuse the employee said bonus without any repercussions from Montana Department of Labor. Good ole boy, abusive permeates at the top of the local municipalities all the way up to the top government officials. Same Tim Fox refused to handle Montana university rapes in an even reasonable fashion and was called out by the federal government, and, still refused. The rape of a female student by a quarter back at MSU is under lock and key, no Montana boy is going to be outed as a rapist, especially if he's at MSU. The Kalispell Regional Hospital (an oxymoron) was recently investigated and convicted of committing FRAUD against it's patients with 64 physicians referring to each other to enrich themselves and the hospital, it went on for 6, SIX years, and, it took a CPA to report it, CORRUPT to the CORE here! Really appalling but the paper here, The Daily Interlake wouldn't write too much about it, the hospital advertising dollars precluded them from doing so if they'd like to keep that money coming in. Think about that for six years, doctors, nurses, administration personnel ALL kept that within their corrupt, criminal selves and enjoyed a NET profit of $200,000,000.00 TWO HUNDRED MILLION, in little ole, corrupt Kalispell, Montana!!! This isn't Kansas Dorothy!!! Visit in the summer, do a dry run through from October to May (snow, sub zero) remember, Good ole boy, if you're one of them it will be good for you.

Tim Fox - Montana AG (2 articles, HAD to be told by the FEDS to hand Rape cases properly) not like a caveman! MT Legislature struggle with Rape cases
KALISPELL REGIONAL "Hospital" ( 2 articles FRAUD for Illegal PATIENT REFERRAL and the 91 PAGE complaint) 91 PAGES!

RAPE records withheld from author!!!
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Good for hardcore nature enthusiasts, loners, and home schoolers

Pros: Big, gorgeous nature and wildlife and tons of lakes and rivers. Stunning mountain vistas. Good core shopping for consumers thanks to it being a tourist destination (Target/Wal-Mart/Costco). People keep to themselves and don't judge you. Laws are limited and attitudes are casual. Spring and summer and fall can be gorgeous.Cons: Oppressively gray eternal winter (one less day of sunshine per year than Seattle). People keep to themselves and are not cosmopolitan. No happy healthy family suburban neighborhoods here. Depressed economy with associated social issues like poverty and substance abuse. Kids are bored.If you are sick of people and prefer nature to be more prominent than culture, this might be your place. The winters will destroy you unless you are made of something special or some hardcore winter sports freak. Locals just aren't very happy here so you won't be invigorated by the populace although it brightens up with millions of tourists in the nice seasons thanks to Glacier park.
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It has its plusses and minuses

Pluses: located near a great variety of outdoor recreation (snow activities in the winter and water/wilderness activities in the summer); uncrowded (but somewhat challenged by tourists on their way to Glacier National Park in the summer months); lots of open space; summers are typically mild and enjoyable

Minuses: the winters are harsh with snow and bitterly cold temperatures; the Flathead Valley often is shrouded in clouds/high fog during significant stretches of winter; there is a huge gap between average wages and affordable housing; far too many trailer homes and parks; huge inconsistencies in housing construction (large energy inefficiencies and cheap building materials); virtually non-existent pull to patron the downtown because there are too many businesses located along Main Street that are not restaurant, cafe, night life, or gift shop-oriented (instead there are banks, realtor and other professional offices, martial arts, state government offices, etc.); traffic infrastructure is woefully inadequate (zero planning and foresight as to future growth); roads are poorly maintained; very few parks in and around the city itself; the entire valley is bicycle and pedestrian unfriendly with very few bike paths and sidewalks are limited to the very core of the downtown itself. In essence, Kalispell is about 20-30 years ahead at being behind.
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