The anchor town of the Flathead Valley is Kalispell, MT. Kalispell is the residential, industrial and educational epicenter of the Flathead Valley with a growing population hovering above 19,000. Kalispell is also a medical oasis with the largest employer in northwest Montana, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, providing cutting-edge health services.
Kalispell school district 5 has five K-5 elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools, two alternative programs and a Vocational-Agricultural Center, and there are also eight private school options including a therapeutic boarding school. Adult students seek higher education at the Flathead Valley Community College located in north Kalispell. The modern campus and faculty offer top-notch instruction and work force training.
Kalispell is home to the big box stores that satisfy household needs of the Flathead. Kalispell also boasts the fairgrounds, four convention centers, a mall, and the newly restored historic court house.