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Retire To Bigfork, MT

Air Quality, Hazards, Climate, Recreation, etc.


Bigfork
Air Quality
Flathead County
. Good Days Moderate Days Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days Unhealthy Days Very Unhealthy Days
2016 326 40 0 0 0
2015 265 88 3 9 0
2014 291 72 2 0 0
2013 288 73 4 0 0
2012 299 67 0 0 0
2011 281 84 0 0 0




Bigfork
Water Quality
South Fork Flathead & Swan Watersheds
. % Good % Threatened % Impaired
2014 84 6 10
2012 85 5 10
2010 80 0 20
2008 68 25 7
2006 68 25 7
2004 na na na
2002 62 25 13




Bigfork
Recreation
. # of Parks # of Parks
(99 City Avg)
National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.
(managed by National Park Service)
Glacier National Park 7
National Campgrounds, Lodges, etc.
(other federal agency-managed sites)
29 26
State Parks, Sites, etc. 11 11



Bigfork Climate
(1971-2000)
. . 99 City Avg
January - Avg Low Temp 22 F 27 F
January - Avg Daily Temp 28 F 37 F
July - Avg Daily Temp 66 F 74 F
July - Avg High Temp 80 F 86 F
Avg Annual Precipitation 22 in 35 in



Bigfork Elevation
2,910 feet GPTR 99 City Average
1,652 feet



Bigfork
Natural Hazards
. Risk Level 99 City Average
Total Hazard Risk Moderate Moderate
Earthquake 35% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 10
Flood High Very High
Tornado Very Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk
Wildfire High Low



Bigfork
Man-Made Hazards (Nuclear)
Nuclear Power Stations
(# Reactors)
Distance from City GPTR 99 City
Average
Columbia (1) 245 miles 50% of cities are within 100 miles of at least one nuclear station



Bigfork
Heating and Cooling Degree Days
(avg annual)
. . 99 City Avg
Total Degree Days 7,428 5,915
HDD 7,140 4,662
CDD 288 1,253



EPA Hazardous Material Cleanup Sites
(Bigfork Area)
Bigfork Area EPA Cleanup Sites


Legend:
Small green circles (older style maps) or multi-colored circles (newer style maps: click here for legend) indicate 1)Superfund Sites 2)Federal Facilities 3)RCRA Corrective Action Sites and 4)Brownfields Properties (EPA hazardous material cleanup sites defined at Environment link)

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