Stites is located along State Highway 13 next to the scenic Clearwater River. The small city is home to just under 200 people. The zip code area includes neighboring communities of Harpster and Clearwater and has an area population of a little over 1,300.
Stites was founded in 1897 and is one of the last cities on the route towards Montana over Lolo Pass. The small community in the Clearwater Valley is surrounded by mountains and is a gateway community to a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Major employers include Stites Ace Hardware, City of Stites and the Southfork Cafe.
According to the Census Bureau’s On the Map, in 2011 Stites had 100 people working in the zip code area with 5 of those both living and working in Stites and 95 people commuting there for work. 362 of the area’s population commutes out of the zip code area for work.