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: 1,362
406-961-4211

Darby
Enrollment: 533
406-821-3841

Florence
Enrollment: 922
406-273-6751

Hamilton
Enrollment: 1,574
406-363-2280

Lone Rock
Enrollment: 305 (K-8 only)
406-777-3314

Stevensville
Enrollment: 1,041
406-777-5481

Victor
Enrollment: 350
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 in Hamilton has 48 patient beds. The Valley has 12 medical clinics with over 30 medical Doctors and more than 100 nurses (not inclusive of nursing homes).

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital: 406-363-2211
Convenient Care: 406-363-0597

Taxes. Income & Property Value

Estimated median household income: $24,713

Estimated median house value: $165,750

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

  • Tourism
  • Log Home Manufacturing
  • Wood Products
  • Agriculture
  • Medical Research
  • Small Manufacturers of Various Products
  • Tool and Die
  • Machinery
  • Plastics
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Sporting Gear
  • Windsocks

Rivers and Lakes with Public Access

  • Bitterroot River
  • Lake Como
  • Painted Lakes

Demographics

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

Population Projection

2005: 41,280
2010: 50,840
2015: 55,450
2020: 55,450
2025: 60,030

Elevation

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

Average Yearly Rainfall

12-16 inches

Average Yearly Snowfall

6 inches in the valley
200 inches in the mountains

Average Daily Temperatures (High/Low)

Jan: 35/17
Feb: 40/20
Mar: 50/26
Apr: 59/32
May: 68/40
Jun: 75/46
Jul: 82/50
Aug: 84/49
Sep: 72/41
Oct: 59/31
Nov: 45/24
Dec: 36/18

Growing Season

130-150 days