The Whitehall Area
Whitehall Montana is a bustling town with 1,184 residents in the town proper and about 1,500 more in the surrounding vicinity which includes the small unincorporated community of Cardwell to the east. Whitehall has retained the feel of an small Montana town, but has access to "big city" conveniences thanks to the Interstate and proximity to Bozeman, Butte and Helena.
Civic life is vibrant in Whitehall with numerous active civic groups working on various projects and events. As a result, for a town of its size, Whitehall has a surprising array of amenities including:
- A new outdoor community swimming pool
- A newer community library with a special children's section
- Soccer fields
- Skateboard Park
- A recreation complex with five baseball fields and a rodeo arena with lights for evening performances
- A rock climbing wall in the school
- The Whitehall Museum
- The Whitehall Community Center
- The Star Movie Theater
- Farmer's market, running Saturday mornings June through early September
- A weekly newspaper
- A planned 11 acre workforce and senior housing development is planned west of town
In 2006-2008, Whitehall participated in the Horizons project which brought the community together to work on a future vision for the community. More than 120 people participated in the Study Circles process and about 700 people contributed to the vision statement, which was adopted by the town council. The newly established Community Development Board is a sanctioned board of the Town of Whitehall and has been a model for other Montana Horizons communities.
Whitehall's Vision Statement
Whitehall is a vibrant centrally located rural community embracing change to ensure a safe high quality of life for all generations, and a community that attracts our youth back home. We celebrate our strengths as a diverse sustainable resource-based community of natural beauty nestled in the mountains. We will achieve our full potential while maintaining our traditional caring and friendly atmosphere, spiritual strength and positive attitude to provide everyone the opportunity for prosperity.
Horizons was funded by the Northwest Area Foundation and administered by MSU Extension.
The Whitehall area offers a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities. Surrounded by state and federal public lands, camping and hiking opportunities abound. Whitehall is within a 90 minute drive of six different downhill ski areas including Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Showdown, Discovery, Maverick Mountain and Moonlight Basin.
At nearly a mile high (4,351 feet), Whitehall and Cardwell enjoy a four season climate. The average highs and lows in January are 29 F/9 F and 83 F/52 F in July. Annual precipitation is approximately 12-13 inches.
Whitehall Elementary serves 295 students, grades k - 8 and Whitehall High School enrolls 183 students. Cardwell Elementary serves 53 students grades k - 8. Cardwell students attend Whitehall High School upon graduation from 8th grade.
Area higher education opportunities nearby include Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and Montana Tech in Butte, Montana State University, Bozeman and University of Montana Western in Dillon.
The Whitehall area has a well educated workforce due to easy access from surrounding communities.
- 82% of residents 25 and over have a high school degree or greater
- 21% have some college
- 18% have a bachelor's degree or greater
The average commute time for Whitehall's workforce is under 20 minutes.
Major employers include Golden Sunlight Mine, Whitehall School District, Jefferson IGA, Wagner Nursery and Smith Contracting.
Whitehall has a municipal water and sewer system and high speed internet available through three different service providers. Cardwell has high speed internet and individual wells and septic systems.
All businesses doing business in the Town of Whitehall must have a
business license issued by the town office. Click on the following link for
Business license information and an application.