Living in Bitterroot Valley

We are nestled between the Sapphire mountain range to our east and the Bitterroot mountain range to our west bisected by the Bitterroot River which runs the length of the valley. This natural setting creates a moderate year round climate that has earned us the reputation as the “Banana Belt of Montana”.

The Bitterroot Valley offers unsurpassed beauty all along our 96-mile stretch from north to south. Our rich cultural and historical heritage is only equal to our worldwide reputation for hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and rafting, skiing and a wide variety of other wonderful outdoor activities. We offer our visitors a valley full of western-style adventure and Montana hospitality.

Public Schools

Corvallis
Enrollment: 1,396
406-961-4211

Darby
Enrollment: 320
406-821-3841

Florence
Enrollment: 815
406-273-6751

Hamilton
Enrollment: 1,496
406-363-2280

Lone Rock
Enrollment: 207 (K-8 only)
406-777-3314

Stevensville
Enrollment: 1,071
406-777-5481

Victor
Enrollment: 274
406-642-3221

Private Schools

Blodgett View Christian School
K-8
406-375-0733

Hamilton Christian Academy
K-8
406-363-5434

Parochial Pines Academy
K-6
406-961-3055

Evergreen Montessori
Pre K – 1st
406-363-7279

Grace Lutheran Preschool
Pre K
406-363-1924

Merging Waters Educational Center
406-381-3775

Continuing Education

  • The University of Montana
  • College of Technology
  • Bitterroot College Program

Medical Services

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers an array of inpatient and outpatient services, medical clinics and a medical staff with over 70 providers. You will find a laboratory department that processes 90% of the specimens on site, a comprehensive imaging center including CT-Scan, MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound and x-ray, home health service and a hospice center, as well as a medical staff comprised of emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, urology, neurosurgery, general surgery, neurology, urology/oncology, sleep medicine, podiatry, facial reconstructive surgery, and a team of hospitalist, pathologist, radiologist, and allied health professionals.

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital: 406-363-2211 / www.mdmh.org
Convenient Care: 406-363-0597

Taxes, Income & Property Value

Estimated median household income: $44,733

Estimated median house value: $246,600

Top Employers

  • A2Z Personnel
  • Albertsons
  • Apex Human Resources
  • Countrywide Periodicals
  • Discovery Care Center
  • Farmers State Bank
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Biologicals
  • K Mart
  • Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
  • McDonalds
  • North Valley Health Care
  • TrailWest Bank
  • Ravalli Services
  • Corporation
  • Selway Corporation
  • Shield Services
  • Stock Farm Club
  • Super 1 Foods
  • Town Pump Convenience Stores
  • Triple Creek Ranch
  • Valley View Estates

Established Industries

  • Retail Trade
  • Health Care & Social Assistance
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Education Services
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
  • Accomodation & Food Services
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Professional,Scientific & Technical Services
  • Administrative, Support & Waste Management Services
  • Arts, Entertainment & Recreation  

Rivers and Lakes with Public Access

  • Bitterroot River
  • Lake Como
  • Painted Rocks

Demographics

The Bitterroot Valley is 25 miles wide, 96 miles long, 2394 square miles land area, and 6 square miles inland water.

Population

2019: 41,387

Elevation

Valley Floor: 3,500 ft.
Sapphire Mtns: 8,999 ft.
Bitterroot Mtns.: 10,157 ft.

Average Yearly Rainfall

14 inches (U.S. Avg – 38 inches)

Average Yearly Snowfall

37 inches (U.S. Avg – 28 inches)

Average Daily Temperatures (High/Low)

Jan: 37/18
Feb: 41/19
Mar: 51/25
Apr: 58/32
May: 67/39
Jun: 75/46
Jul: 85/50
Aug: 84/48
Sep: 73/40
Oct: 59/31
Nov: 44/23
Dec: 34/16

Growing Season

130-150 days