Bitterroot Valley Real Estate

Climate and Demographics


 

Climate and Demographics

     The Bitterroot Valley is known as the "Banana Belt" of Montana. Microclimates can be found throughout the Valley because of the variety of elevations and bodies of water. Average rainfall is 12-15 inches per year. Snow comes early in the mountains and varies greatly from year to year on the Valley floor. Annual snowfall (at Lost Trail Ski Area) 200+ inches. Annual Snowfall (at Valley Floor) 6 inches. Annual Sunny Days - 270. Average temperatures: April (high 61 degrees) August (high 80 degrees). Annual Growing Days - 130-150; Daylight Hours (June 21 - 16.5) The Bitterroot Valley is nestled between two mountain ranges on the western edge of the state. We offer uncommonly beautiful scenery and a wide range of activities for everyone of all ages.
Altitude: 3,200 - 3,890 feet
The Bitterroot Valley is 25 miles wide and 96 miles long covering 2,383 square miles.


   Lewis and Clark applied the name "Bitter Root Valley" to the whole valley where they found this plant growing profusely. The plant's botanical name is Lewisia rediviva which comes from the explorers name. The Bitterroot was officially designated as Montana's State Flower by the Legislature in 1895. 
 
Population - 2002 Census
AgeTotalMaleFemale% of Total
Children 0-9 4550 2391 2159 13%
Teenagers 10-19 5525 2893 2632 15%
Adults 20-29 2976 1502 1474 8%
30-39 4436 2147 2289 12%
40-49 5945 2843 3102 17%
50-59 5099 2502 2597 14%
60-69 3518 1828 1690 10%
70+ 4021 1804 2217 11%
TOTAL   36,070 17,910 18,160 100%
TOTAL 2004   39,376      

(Source: Ravalli County Community Profile)

Housing - Median Reported Sales Price

Single Family: $138,000 Under 1 Acre: $153,500
Over 1 Acre: $22,000 Median House Rental: $625
Commercial: $.70 Retirement Centers: 7

2003 Annual Average Employment

  Ravalli County # Establishments Wages Paid Annual Average 
Total 10,313 1,512 243,789,787 23,639
Ag 309 66 6,963,700 22,536
Construction 807 286 19,749,191 24,472
Manufacturing 959 103 29,312,862 30,566
T.C.U1 367 81 7,731,288 21,066
Wholesale Trd 244 62 9,137,897 37,450
Retail Trd 1,502 171 26,543,204 17,672
F.I.R.E.2 475 112 13,454,228 28,325
Services 3,145 440 51,849,944 16,486
Government 2,050 71 63,703,539 31,075
Average per capita personal income Ravalli County 2003 - $22,014; MT $25,406
Unemployment: 4.6%
1 Transportation, Communications, Utilities
2 Finance, Insurance, Real Estate

(Source: Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Civic Information

County Commissioners, City Mayor - 4 incorporated towns: Hamilton, Stevensville, Darby and Pinesdale 

Number of Volunteer Fire Department Personnel: 155

 Number of Law Enforcement Officers: 36

Land Ownership: Public 74% - Private 26%

Tax Rate: Per capita taxes: 43% of US average

Real Property:  approx. 1.05 - 1.32% of market value

Business Equipment: 1.2% of market value

Auto License & Registration: Amounts based on year of vehicle: New to 5 yrs. $195; 5-10 yrs. $65; 11 yrs. and older $6+ $25-$35 license, title and registration fees, +0.5% County Option (taxable value of vehicle)

No Sales Tax

Ravalli County Economic Development Authority: 7 commissioner board

Population Projections
YearPopulation
2003 39,250
2005 41,280
2010 46,120
2015 50,840
2020 55,450
2025 60,030
(Source: Ravalli County Community Profile Fall 2004)

 

Approximate Population by City
CityPopulation
Charlos Heights 300
Conner 200
Corvallis 443
Darby 785
Florence 901
Grantsdale 650
Hamilton 4,163
Pinesdale 500
Stevensville 1,784
Sula 100
Victor 859
Woodside 100

 

Distance in highway miles from:
U.S. CitiesCanadian Cities
Chicago 1618 Calgary 500
Denver 917 Edmonton 685
Los Angeles 1300 Regina 850
St. Paul/Minn. 1225 Saskatoon 1025
Salt Lake City 605 Vancouver  600
San Francisco  1050 Winnipeg 1050
Seattle 540    
Spokane 253    

Mileages are measured from the Ravalli County Seat in Hamilton.

Top 10 Private Employers: 

*A2Z Personnel
*Albertsons
*GSK Biologicals 
*Discovery Care Center
*Farmers State Bank
*Fox Lumber
*Marcus Daly Hospital
*Rocky Mountain Log Homes
*Selway Corporation
*Super 1 Foods

 

Rich Miller
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