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Kalispell, Montana

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Welcome to Kalispell ...

The city of Kalispell is located in Flathead County<1> (at the time of its founding, Kalispell was located in Missoula County) and is the County Seat for Flathead County.

The pronunciation of Kalispell: KAL-lis-pell<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Kalispell has a population of 24,596 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Kalispell.

Kalispell is 3,070 feet [936 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Kalispell is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Kalispell lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Kalispell is located in the (406) area code.

The ZIP code for Kalispell: 59901<5>

Websites for Kalispell ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Kalispell had an population of 24,596 people. This is an increase of 23.43% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 72.93% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Kalispell had a population of 19,927 people (or 21.92% of the total population of Flathead County). This makes Kalispell the county's most populous community.

The population of Kalispell represents 2.01% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 19,927 people, the population of Kalispell increased 40.1% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 14,223 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Kalispell.

Communities near Kalispell ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Kalispell.

  • Whitefish [Flathead County]
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    • Whitefish [Flathead County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the north of Kalispell
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,713 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitefish
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitefish<7>
  • Columbia Falls [Flathead County]
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    • Columbia Falls [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Kalispell
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,209 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia Falls<7>
  • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hill Village
    • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Kalispell
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Creston [Flathead County]
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    • Kila [Flathead County]
    • Rhodes [Flathead County]
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      • Rhodes [Flathead County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Kalispell
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    • Somers [Flathead County]
    • Halfmoon [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfmoon
      • Halfmoon [Flathead County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Kalispell
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halfmoon have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halfmoon
    • Lakeside [Flathead County]
    • Bigfork [Flathead County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Kalispell. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Kalispell.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Kalispell. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Kalispell.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Kalispell. Our list includes 18 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Kalispell.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Kalispell ...

Looking for more information about Kalispell? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Kalispell, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Kalispell.

Adding Kalispell to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Kalispell in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Kalispell was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Kalispell on our Genealogy Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Flathead, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Kalispell. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Kalispell.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Kalispell - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Kalispell). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Kalispell or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Kalispell) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Kalispell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from KalispellOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kalispell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.2021, Longitude: -114.3152    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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