Flathead County, Montana - Total Land Area 5,098 sq. miles
3,262,720 acres

Flathead County - Total Population July 1, 1999
(CO-99-8) Population Estimates for Montana and Counties: Annual Time Series
Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
1/2002 - 76,269
4/1/90 - 59,218
% change = +22.9%
City of Kalispell - Total Population July 1, 1999
Population Estimates for Places: July 1, 1999 and Population Change
7/1/99 - 17,149
4/1/90 - 11,917
% change = +36%
City of Whitefish - Total Population July 1, 1999
Population Estimates for Places: July 1, 1999 and Population Change
7/1/99 - 6,292
4/1/90 - 4,368
% change = +36.2%
City of Columbia Falls - Total Population July 1, 1999
Population Estimates for Places: July 1, 1999 and Population Change
7/1/99 - 4,293
4/1/90 - 2,921
% change = +48.3%
Rural Flathead County - (does not include the 3 Municipalities of Kalispell, Whitefish, or Columbia Falls) 7/1/99 - 45,039
4/1/90 - 40,012
% change = +13%
Within Municipalities of Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls 7/1/99 - 27,734
4/1/90 - 19,206
% change = +44%
*Flathead County - Total Housing Units from Flathead Regional Development Office 'New Residential Construction Report'
*Flathead County - Total Housing Units
1990 Census of Population and Housing, Summary Tape File 1A
Estimate 12/31/99 - 34,517

4/1/90 - 26,979
% change = +28%

Flathead Regional Development Office collects information from building and septic permits, as well as rural Sewer District hookups, for new homes, to prepare the annual New Residential Construction Report.  This report  is believed to be a  reasonably accurate way of showing  trends in new housing, but should not be considered to be 100% accurate. The following tables shows the numbers that were generated from these sources, both Countywide and by Municipality. These numbers have been totaled from 1990 through 1999, and added to the 1990 Census data, to derive the 12/31/99 estimate of total housing units.

 

Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 1990 Census 12/31/99 Estimate
Flathead County-includes the 3 cities 460 552 920 1135 1154 712 738 676 589 602 26,979 34,517
City of Kalispell 25 81 41 258 253 145 95 158 137 108 5,537 6,838
City of Whitefish 43 37 107 72 16 34 28 43 36 49 2,259 2,724
City of Columbia Falls 12 0 4 29 33 22 62 30 22 10 1,204 1,428