Big Fork-Swan River, Montana

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Population in July 2007: 3,215.
Males: 1,613  (50.2%)
Females: 1,602  (49.8%)
Median resident age:

47.0 years
Montana median age:

37.5 years

Zip code: 59911

Estimated median household income in 2019: $60,040 (it was $33,989 in 2000)
Big Fork-Swan River:

$60,040
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $35,700 (it was $20,372 in 2000)

Big Fork-Swan River CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $367,672 (it was $159,700 in 2000)
Big Fork-Swan River:

$367,672
MT:

$253,600
March 2019 cost of living index in Big Fork-Swan River: 100.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Big Fork-Swan River, MT (2000)
    • 2,90795.4%White alone
    • 541.8%Hispanic
    • 331.1%American Indian alone
    • 351.1%Two or more races
    • 100.3%Black alone
    • 50.2%Asian alone
    • 20.07%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Big Fork-Swan River detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 481.7 square miles.

Population density: 6.7 people per square mile   (very low).

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Big Fork-Swan River CCD:

0.9% ($1,513)
Montana:

1.3% ($1,212)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Missoula, MT (70.7 miles , pop. 57,053).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (379.6 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (980.8 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Bear Dance, MT (1.5 miles ),
Swan Lake, MT (2.9 miles),
Rollins, MT (3.0 miles),
Woods Bay, MT (3.0 miles ),
Finley Point, MT (3.1 miles ),
Kings Point, MT (3.2 miles),
Lindisfarne, MT (3.4 miles ),
Dayton, MT (3.5 miles)

Latitude: 47.88 N, Longitude: 114.01 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 406

Distribution of median household income in Big Fork-Swan River, MT in 2019
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.6%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in Big Fork-Swan River, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (18.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.7%)
  • Health care (7.4%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (28.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Educational services (4.7%)
  • Health care (4.5%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (11.6%)
  • Health care (11.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.1%)
  • Educational services (8.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.8%)
  • Construction (4.5%)
Most common occupations in Big Fork-Swan River, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.7%)
  • Carpenters (4.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.0%)
  • Carpenters (7.0%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.6%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
  • Construction laborers (5.1%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.0%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.1%)
  • Cashiers (4.1%)
  • Food processing workers (3.9%)

Average climate in Big Fork-Swan River, Montana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.7. This is significantly better than average.

City:

32.7
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2010 was 12.9. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.9
U.S.:

19.6

Earthquake activity:

Big Fork-Swan River-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 772% 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 280.0 miles away from Big Fork-Swan River 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 263.6 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 242.4 miles away from Big Fork-Swan River center
On 7/6/2017 at 06:30:17, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 96.6 miles away from Big Fork-Swan River center
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 398.4 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 7/26/2005 at 04:08:37, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.6 MW) earthquake occurred 185.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lake County (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 1

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

Hospitals and medical centers near Big Fork-Swan River:

  • LAKE VIEW CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; BIGFORK, MT)
  • PROVIDENCE ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; POLSON, MT)
  • POLSON HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; POLSON, MT)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Fork-Swan River:

  • The University of Montana (about 71 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 157 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Gonzaga University (about 159 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Whitworth University (about 159 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 162 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • University of Idaho (about 163 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Big Fork-Swan River: Soup Creek Campground (A), Swan Lake Guard Station (B), Swan Lake Picnic Site (C), Swan Lake Campground (D), Cedar Creek Campground (E), Lambeth Campground (F), Woods Bay Campground (G), West Shore Recreation Site (H), Mission Lookout (I), Point Pleasant Campground (J), Woods Bay Fishing Access Site (K), Swan River Fishing Access Site (L), Horseshoe Lake - Ferndale Fishing Access Site (M), Flathead Community Center (N), Glacier Campground (O), Loon Lake Access (P), Montana State Highway 83 Weigh Staton (Q), Swan River State Forest Headquarters (R), Mountain Meadows Resort and Campground (S), Ronde Vue Park (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Big Fork-Swan River: Swan Chapel (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and swamps: Horseshoe Lake (A), Lake Mary Ronan (B), Metcalf Lake (C), Estes Lake (D), Hall Lake (E), Cedar Lake (F), Fatty Lake (G), Skags Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Alder Creek (A), Bethal Creek (B), Big Lodge Creek (C), Birch Creek (D), Bohannon Creek (E), Bond Creek (F), Bug Creek (G), Cat Creek (H), Cedar Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Big Fork-Swan River include: Lake Mary Ronan State Park (1), Beardance Picnic Area (2), Flathead Picnic Area (3), Flathead Lake State Park - West Shore Unit (4), Swan River National Wildlife Refuge (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake 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:

2.3 people
Montana:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

60.4%
Whole state:

66.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.8%
Whole state:

5.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

9.5%
Whole state:

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

5.8%
Whole state:

5.8%
8 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children in 2000
2 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Big Fork-Swan River:

Marital status in Big Fork-Swan River, MT
  • Never married: 16.6%
  • Now married: 66.9%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 6.1%
  • Divorced: 10.4%

For population 25 years and over in Big Fork-Swan River:

  • High school or higher: 88.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.3
Montana average:

10.4

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Fork-Swan River, MT (based on Lake County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5,1007
Evangelical Protestant2,75730
Mainline Protestant1,98511
Other1,4495
None17,455-
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: 10
Here:

3.52 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

3.52 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

4.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 27
Lake County:

9.51 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

10.38 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.5%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.9%
Montana:

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

14.6%
State:

10.7%

7.76% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($44,860 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
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 Flathead County, MT  1.10% ($49,777 average AGI)
from Missoula County, MT  1.04% ($34,311)
from Sanders County, MT  0.26% ($24,963)


6.67% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,789 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.67%
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 Flathead County, MT  1.22% ($43,285 average AGI)
to Missoula County, MT  1.22% ($31,805)
to Ravalli County, MT  0.27% ($26,148)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Fork-Swan River:

  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLCY (930 AM; 5 kW; EAST MISSOULA, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • 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.)
  • KGVO (1290 AM; 5 kW; 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.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Fork-Swan River:

  • KSIL (100.7 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQRK (92.3 FM; RONAN, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KALS (97.1 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KALISPELL CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KDBR (106.3 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KKMT (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA FALLS, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBBZ (98.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZMN (103.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KGGL (93.3 FM; MISSOULA, MT; Owner: FISHER RADIO REGIONAL GROUP, INC.)
  • KYSS-FM (94.9 FM; MISSOULA, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KUFM (89.1 FM; MISSOULA, MT; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA)
  • 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.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Fork-Swan River:

  • K05EE (Channel 5; BIG ARM, ETC., MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
  • KCFW-TV (Channel 9; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: EAGLE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Big Fork-Swan River, MT
  • 29.1%Wood
  • 24.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.6%Electricity
  • 20.1%Utility gas
  • 4.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Big Fork-Swan River, MT
  • 47.2%Electricity
  • 29.7%Wood
  • 15.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.4%Utility gas


Big Fork-Swan River 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 significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly 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.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Big Fork-Swan River on our top lists:

  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children (population 1,000+)"
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