Kalispell is located within 30 minutes of Flathead lake, Big Mountain Ski Resort, and Glacier Park.
It was founded in 1891when the Great Northern Railroad surveyors came through.
Population of the Flathead Valley is approximately 125,000.

Standard of Living

All information was collected from a survey distributed to MT AmeriCorps members in Winter 2009-2010.

Living Situations:

  • 70% shares a house with AmeriCorps members
  • 14% shares an apartment with AmeriCorps members
  • 15% shares a house with non-AmeriCorps members

Livings Costs:

  • $330.00 is the average rent (probably less, because 14% put down that they pay $900 for rent, but they share a house with other AmeriCorps members, so it is likely less than $900, but they did not divide the amount into what they pay, as an individual, for rent
  • Utilities are an average of $50.83/month for the three members who reported paying utilities.


  • All members live a maximum of 3 miles from their place of work
  • All members live less than a mile from town (grocery, banks, etc.)
  • 57% members recommend having a car

Rental Recommendations

  • 29% would not recommend their landlords
  • 71% would, but there is not a lot of reliable contact for them. One recommendation was: Appleway Apartments (Yvonne).
  • 57% members used Craiglist to find housing
  • 43% found theirs by looking around the community.

Newspapers & Event Calendars

Flathead Beacon Newspaper - http://www.flatheadevents.net/

Daily Interlake Newspaper - http://dailyinterlake.com/


Red’s Wines and Blues - 30 2nd St E

Happy Hour 3-6, Karaoke, Open Mic Night, Live Music (no website)

Moose’s Saloon – 173 N Main St

Great Pizza! Sawdust and peanut shell floors. Beer bar; cash only.

Fat Boy’s – 1307 Us Highway 2 W

Sports bar

Great Northern - 27 Central Ave, Whitefish (15 miles north of Kalispell)

Brewery, Live Music

Coffee Shops and Restaurants

Colter Coffee - 424 Main St

Pastries, Coffee! Great local art on the walls.

Montana Coffee Traders - 328 W Center St

Great local coffee establishment. Yummy food and pastries. Also locations in Whitefish and Columbia Falls.

Ceres Bakery - 318 Main St

Best pastries in town, freshly made bread! Serves Colter Coffee.

Wheat Montana - 405 Main St

Montana local bread establishment. Sandwiches, salads, etc.

Gresko’s - 647 E Idaho St

Panini’s, coffee, baked goods, fine chocolate and gelato! Also sells fine cheeses, organic meat, and other hard to find goods.

JD Morell’s - 175 Hutton Ranch Rd # 115

Great place for soup and sandwiches.

The Knead - 25 2nd Ave W

Awesome!! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the summer. Outdoor seating.

Norm’s News - 48 Main St.

Milkshakes and a large variety of candy.

PB&J – 1st Ave East

Christian book store with baked goods and java! Yummy sandwiches too!

Thrift Stores

Community Thrift - 203 5th Ave W

Best thrift store in town!

Salvation Army - 1500 S Main St

A little pricy for a thrift store. Large variety.

Flathead Industries Thrift - 40 E Idaho St

Great thrift store!

Habitat for Humanity Resell Store - 55 3rd Avenue East N

They resell items for home construction that they can’t use. Mirrors, shelves, etc.

Grocery Stores

Albertson’s - 900 W Idaho St

Smith’s - 195 3rd Avenue East N

Super 1 - 55 1st Avenue East

Rosauer’s - US Highway 93 N

Withey’s Health Foods - 1231 S Main St


Three Rivers Bank - 552 N Meridian Rd

US Bank - 30 N Main St

Glacier Bank - 202 Main Street

Wells Fargo - 215 2nd Ave E

First Interstate - 112 E Montana St

Bank of America - 128 N Meridian Rd

First National Bank of Montana - 85 N Main S




247 1st Ave E

Post Office

248 1st Ave W

State of MT Public Assistance (Food Stamps)

Ste A, 121 Financial Dr

Movie Theater

185 Hutton Ranch Road

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