South Fork, Montana

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Population in July 2007: 2,809.
Males: 1,448  (51.6%)
Females: 1,361  (48.4%)
Median resident age:

39.6 years
Montana median age:

37.5 years

Zip code: 59919

Estimated median household income in 2019: $49,508 (it was $27,263 in 2000)
South Fork:

$49,508
MT:

$57,153

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $27,499 (it was $15,540 in 2000)

South Fork CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $221,476 (it was $85,700 in 2000)
South Fork:

$221,476
MT:

$253,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $366,218; detached houses: $407,326; townhouses or other attached units: $276,280; in 2-unit structures: $294,247; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $295,133; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $216,298; mobile homes: $149,944; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $153,319
March 2019 cost of living index in South Fork: 94.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in South Fork, MT (2000)
    • 2,25393.6%White alone
    • 672.8%American Indian alone
    • 472.0%Two or more races
    • 341.4%Hispanic
    • 50.2%Asian alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

Races in South Fork detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 1728.3 square miles.

Population density: 1.6 people per square mile   (very low).

South Fork, Montana map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
South Fork CCD:

1.1% ($903)
Montana:

1.3% ($1,212)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Missoula, MT (97.4 miles , pop. 57,053).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (389.0 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1008.5 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Martin City, MT (3.6 miles ),
Hungry Horse, MT (3.7 miles ),
Coram, MT (3.8 miles ),
Creston-Bigfork, MT (3.9 miles ),
Bad Rock-Columbia Heights, MT (3.9 miles ),
West Glacier, MT (4.2 miles ),
Bigfork, MT (4.3 miles ),
Columbia Falls, MT (4.3 miles )

Latitude: 48.27 N, Longitude: 113.82 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 406

Distribution of median household income in South Fork, MT in 2019
South Fork satellite photo by USGS

South Fork tourist attractions:

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.4%
Montana:

4.3%
Most common industries in South Fork, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (15.0%)
  • Construction (11.9%)
  • Wood products (9.1%)
  • Health care (6.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.6%)
  • Educational services (4.0%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (19.6%)
  • Wood products (14.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.5%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (5.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.1%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (5.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (22.4%)
  • Health care (15.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.0%)
  • Educational services (6.5%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.5%)
  • Social assistance (4.0%)
Most common occupations in South Fork, MT (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.2%)
  • Woodworkers (5.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.1%)
  • Woodworkers (9.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (8.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6.2%)
  • Carpenters (4.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6.5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.5%)
  • Cashiers (4.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.7%)

Average climate in South Fork, 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 CO Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 79.6. This is about average.

City:

79.6
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 21.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.323
U.S.:

0.267
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 25.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 20.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.9
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 18.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

8.5

Earthquake activity:

South Fork-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Montana state average. It is 700% 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 297.1 miles away from South Fork 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 289.7 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
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 112.0 miles away from South Fork center
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 270.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 409.3 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) earthquake occurred 415.6 miles away from South Fork center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Flathead County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

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

Amtrak stations near South Fork:

  • 10 miles: ESSEX (IZAAK WALTON INN) . Services: public payphones, call for car rental service.
  • 18 miles: WEST GLACIER (HWY. 2, E. OF GOING-TO-THE-SUN RD.)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to South Fork:

  • The University of Montana (about 98 miles; Missoula, MT; Full-time enrollment: 13,602)
  • North Idaho College (about 144 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; FT enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 169 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 171 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Gonzaga University (about 171 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 174 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 183 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in South Fork: Coram RV Park (A), North American RV Park and Campground (B), Half-Way Motel Campground (C), Stanton Creek Lodge Campground (D), Crooked Tree Motel and RV Park (E), Canyon RV and Campground (F), Duval RV and Bike Park (G), Mountain Meadow RV Park and Campground (H), Middle Fork Motel and RV Park (I), Sundance RV Campground (J), Strawberry Lake Forest Service Station (K), Black Bear Forest Service (L), Riverside Boat Landing (M), Grizzly (N), Lost Johnny Boat Landing (O), Red Eagle (P), Java (Q), Meadow Creek Recreaton Site (R), Quintokon Forest Service Station (S), Peters Creek Sportsmans Access (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in South Fork include: Lion Hill Baptist Church (A), Hungry Horse Baptist Church (B), Hungry Horse Chapel (C), Canyon Community Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Baptiste Graye (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Blackfoot Lake (A), Black Lake (B), Almeda Lake (C), Olor Lake (D), Alpha Lake (E), Birch Lake (F), Margaret Lake (G), Diamond Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Deerlick Creek (A), Flat Creek (B), Abbot Creek (C), Ada Creek (D), Addition Creek (E), Aeneas Creek (F), Alcove Creek (G), Alice Creek (H), Alora Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in South Fork: Coram Experimental Forest (1). 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:

2.2 people
Montana:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

60.8%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

7.2%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

22.6%
Whole state:

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

8.4%
Whole state:

5.8%
4 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

For population 15 years and over in South Fork:

Marital status in South Fork, MT
  • Never married: 19.7%
  • Now married: 59.9%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 4.5%
  • Divorced: 15.9%

For population 25 years and over in South Fork:

  • High school or higher: 84.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.4%
  • Unemployed: 13.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.7
Montana average:

10.4

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for South Fork, 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.
State:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Flathead County:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Montana:

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

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

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

5.8%
Montana:

7.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.0%
Montana:

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 South Fork:

  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJJR (880 AM; 10 kW; WHITEFISH, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED)
  • KGEZ (600 AM; 5 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: SKYLINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KSEN (1150 AM; 10 kW; SHELBY, 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.)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KBOI (670 AM; 50 kW; BOISE, ID; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLCY (930 AM; 5 kW; EAST MISSOULA, MT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMON (560 AM; 5 kW; GREAT FALLS, MT; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)

Strongest FM radio stations in South Fork:

  • KDBR (106.3 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKMT (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA FALLS, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KALS (97.1 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KALISPELL CHRISTIAN RADIO FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • KBBZ (98.5 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: BEE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSIL (100.7 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KQRK (92.3 FM; RONAN, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KZMN (103.9 FM; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, 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.)

TV broadcast stations around South Fork:

  • K05EE (Channel 5; BIG ARM, ETC., MT; Owner: BLACKTAIL TV TAX DISTRICT)
  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in South Fork, MT
  • 52.9%Utility gas
  • 18.9%Electricity
  • 15.2%Wood
  • 11.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in South Fork, MT
  • 64.2%Utility gas
  • 18.8%Wood
  • 10.9%Electricity
  • 3.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Other fuel


South Fork compared to Montana state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population 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.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

South Fork on our top lists:

  • #65 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas"
  • #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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