Creston-Bigfork, Montana

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Population in July 2007: 7,757.
Males: 3,828  (49.4%)
Females: 3,929  (50.6%)
Median resident age:

43.1 years
Montana median age:

37.5 years

Zip code: 59911

Estimated median household income in 2017: $64,255 (it was $37,074 in 2000)
Creston-Bigfork:

$64,255
MT:

$53,386

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $30,394 (it was $18,580 in 2000)

Creston-Bigfork CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $334,362 (it was $146,600 in 2000)
Creston-Bigfork:

$334,362
MT:

$231,300

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $360,249; detached houses: $382,400; townhouses or other attached units: $257,419; in 2-unit structures: over $1,000,000; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $69,699; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $277,807; mobile homes: $147,972; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $173,894
March 2019 cost of living index in Creston-Bigfork: 98.2 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Creston-Bigfork, MT (2000)
    • 6,41996.6%White alone
    • 951.4%Hispanic
    • 570.9%Two or more races
    • 370.6%American Indian alone
    • 230.3%Asian alone
    • 110.2%Black alone
    • 30.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.02%Other race alone

Races in Creston-Bigfork detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 136.9 square miles.

Population density: 57 people per square mile   (very low).

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Creston-Bigfork CCD:

1.0% ($1,423)
Montana:

1.3% ($1,212)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Missoula, MT (87.1 miles , pop. 57,053).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (377.0 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (996.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Bigfork, MT (2.0 miles ),
Somers, MT (2.8 miles ),
Woods Bay, MT (2.8 miles ),
Forest Hill Village, MT (2.9 miles ),
Lower Valley-Somers, MT (3.1 miles ),
Lakeside, MT (3.2 miles ),
Evergreen, MT (3.5 miles ),
Kalispell, MT (3.5 miles )

Latitude: 48.12 N, Longitude: 114.07 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 406

Distribution of median household income in Creston-Bigfork, MT in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.9%
Montana:

4.2%
Most common industries in Creston-Bigfork, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (13.2%)
  • Health care (8.6%)
  • Educational services (7.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.4%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (21.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.8%)
  • Educational services (4.2%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.8%)
  • Health care (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (15.6%)
  • Educational services (11.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.0%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.3%)
Most common occupations in Creston-Bigfork, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.3%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (2.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.7%)
  • Carpenters (4.6%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.1%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Registered nurses (4.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)

Average climate in Creston-Bigfork, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Creston-Bigfork, Montana average temperatures Creston-Bigfork, Montana average precipitation Creston-Bigfork, Montana humidity Creston-Bigfork, Montana wind speed Creston-Bigfork, Montana snowfall Creston-Bigfork, Montana sunshine Creston-Bigfork, Montana clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 80.6. This is about average.

City:

80.6
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2005 was 0.323. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.323
U.S.:

0.267
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 23.7. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.7
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.2. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 12.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

8.5

Earthquake activity:

Creston-Bigfork-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Montana state average. It is 66% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 295.1 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 280.1 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 396.9 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 402.9 miles away from the city center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW, Depth: 8.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 201.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML) earthquake occurred 286.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Flathead County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 5, Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Snows: 2, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Creston-Bigfork:

  • LAKE VIEW CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; BIGFORK, MT)
  • FLATHEAD COUNTY HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 12 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • IMMANUEL SKILLED CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • FLATHEAD OUTPATIENT SURGICAL CTR (Hospital, about 14 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • HEALTH CENTER NORTHWEST Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • KALISPELL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)
  • BRENDAN HOUSE (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; KALISPELL, MT)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Creston-Bigfork:

  • The University of Montana (about 88 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 13,602)
  • North Idaho College (about 131 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 156 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 158 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Gonzaga University (about 158 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 161 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • University of Idaho (about 169 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Creston-Bigfork: Timbers RV Park (A), Foothills Cross-Country Ski Area (B), Bigfork Campground (C), Sportsman Bridge Fishing Access (D), Wayfarers Campground (E), Big Fork Ranger Station (F), Bigfork Fishing Access Site (G), Old Steel Bridge Fishing Access Site (H), Creston National Fish Hatchery (I), Northwest Montana Fishery Center (J), Foothills Cross Country Ski Area (K), Eagle Bend Golf Club (L), Bigfork Volunteer Ambulance (M), Creston Rural Fire District (N), Bigfork Branch Library (O), Bigfork Fire Department Echo Station (P), Bigfork Fire Department (Q), Creston Fire Department (R), Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department (S). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Lake Hills Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Creston-Bigfork include: Bethany Church (A), Little Brown Church (B), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (C), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (D), Community United Methodist Church (E), Bigfork Baptist Church (F), New Life Alliance Church (G), Bigfork Christian Church (H), First Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bigfork Community Cemetery (1), Bethany Lutheran Cemetery (2), Lonepine Cemetery (3), Creston Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Olive Lake (A), Martha Lake (B), Spill Lake (C), Cabin Lake (D), McGilvray Lake (E), Cougar Lake (F), Boys Lake (G), Angel Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Bear Creek (A), Birch Creek (B), Brown Creek (C), Carney Creek (D), Station Creek (E), Deer Creek (F), Echo Creek (G), Wolf Creek (H), Krause Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Creston-Bigfork include: Wayfarers State Park (1), J H Horn Memorial Park (2), Flathead Lake State Park - Wayfarers Unit (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Long Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Flathead County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.4 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

70.4%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.3%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

9.9%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.0%
Whole state:

5.8%

People in group quarters in Creston-Bigfork in 2010:

  • 57 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 14 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults
66 people in nursing homes in 2000
5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Creston-Bigfork:

Marital status in Creston-Bigfork, MT
  • Never married: 17.6%
  • Now married: 67.7%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 9.4%

For population 25 years and over in Creston-Bigfork:

  • High school or higher: 91.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 29.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.0
Montana average:

10.4

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Creston-Bigfork, MT (based on Flathead County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,54483
Catholic4,9336
Mainline Protestant4,59417
Other4,37020
Black Protestant151
None61,472-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
Flathead County:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Here:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 45
Flathead County:

5.19 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 97
This county:

11.18 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.8%
State:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Flathead County:

20.0%
State:

23.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Flathead County:

8.4%
Montana:

10.7%

6.82% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($70,646 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.82%
Montana average:

7.25%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Missoula County, MT  0.37% ($39,858 average AGI)
from Lake County, MT  0.31% ($43,285)
from Gallatin County, MT  0.22% ($41,674)


5.14% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($45,828 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
Montana average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Missoula County, MT  0.47% ($27,745 average AGI)
to Lake County, MT  0.29% ($49,777)
to Gallatin County, MT  0.20% ($35,385)

Strongest AM radio stations in Creston-Bigfork:

  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KLCY (930 AM; 5 kW; EAST MISSOULA, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)

Strongest FM radio stations in Creston-Bigfork:

  • KDBR (106.3 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KALS (97.1 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KALISPELL CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KSIL (100.7 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQRK (92.3 FM; RONAN, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKMT (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA FALLS, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZMN (103.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KBBZ (98.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KUKL (89.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA)
  • K204CJ (88.7 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: YOUR CHRISTIAN COMPANION NETWORK, INC.)
  • K208DI (89.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K259AD (99.7 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE B/C INC.)
  • K216BE (91.1 FM; FERNDALE, ETC., MT; Owner: SWAN HILL T.V. INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Creston-Bigfork:

  • K05EE (Channel 5; BIG ARM, ETC., MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
  • K26DD (Channel 26; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KCFW-TV (Channel 9; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: EAGLE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K06EL (Channel 6; FERNDALE, ETC., MT; Owner: SWAN HILL TV, INC.)
  • K12LO (Channel 12; FERNDALE, ETC., MT; Owner: SWAN HILL TV INC.)
  • KTMF-LP (Channel 59; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: MMM LICENSE LLC)
  • K18AJ (Channel 18; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KPAX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K07EN (Channel 7; SOMERS, MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
  • K48EO (Channel 48; SOMERS-LAKESIDE, MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Creston-Bigfork, MT
  • 35.3%Electricity
  • 20.8%Wood
  • 19.5%Utility gas
  • 17.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.8%Other fuel
  • 0.8%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Creston-Bigfork, MT
  • 46.2%Electricity
  • 20.6%Wood
  • 16.9%Utility gas
  • 8.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.6%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used


Creston-Bigfork compared to Montana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Creston-Bigfork on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: fuel dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: used merchandise, gift, novelty, and souvenir, and other miscellaneous stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: electricians (population 5,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: farmers and farm managers (population 5,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: farm supplies merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: petroleum and coal products (population 5,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: wood products (population 5,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: other direct selling establishments (population 5,000+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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