Living in Missoula

Nestled amidst five mountain ranges in the Rocky Mountain West, Missoula is a progressive thriving city. Home to the University of Missoula and two large hospital systems, the city also attracts a wide variety of entrepreneurs and local business start-ups, ranging from high tech to manufacturing to arts and entertainment.

Missoula is an outdoor recreationist’s paradise with several beautiful national forests nearby for hiking and mountain biking, wild rivers for rafting and surfing, excellent fishing, bicycling and skiing – all just minutes from Downtown. Missoula also boasts a rich arts and music culture, family-friendly activities, and a multitude of special events year-round.

Downtown Missoula is the heart of the city and provides a vibrant mix of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment. Check out Downtown Missoula’s wide range of activities:

Population72,362Mean Travel Time to Work15.1 minutes
Median Age31.9Households30,350
SexMale 51% Female 49%Marital Status36% Married
Per Capita Income$28,589Median value of owner-occupied housing units$276,500
Median HH Income$43,527Bachelor’s degree or higher45.1%
Source: Census data: ACS 2016 1-year unless noted

 

2017-16 Recognition

  • Five Great Neighborhoods in America, Oct, 2017
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live: Liveability.com
  • 25 Best Towns Ever – Outside Magazine July, 2017
  • Top 40 Art Vibrant Communities – NCAR April, 2017
  • Best Cities to Watch the Season Change – Expedia March, 2017
  • 20 of America’s Most Overlooked Cities That Should be on Your Visit List – DK March, 2017
  • 24 Coolest Towns in the USA – Matador Network March, 2017
  • 2017 Best Cities for an Active Retirement – Smart Asset March, 2017
  • Alternative All-Inclusive Ski Area Rankings – LinkedIn February, 2017
  • 20 Most Beautiful Public College Campuses in America – Thrillist September, 2016
  • Municipal Equality: 2016 All Star Cities – Human Rights Campaign September, 2016
  • The World’s Most Remote Resorts – MSN September, 2016
  • Best Places to Visit in Montana – Vacation Idea September, 2016
  • The Best Cities To Go Black Friday Shopping In Every State – MSN November, 2016
  • A 600-Mile Run Through the Mountains – Outside September, 2016
  • Best Coffee Shops in America – Cosmopolitan September, 2016
  • America’s Least Stressed Cities – Smart Asset August, 2016
  • Best Family Resort 2016 – Paws UP – USA Today’s 10 Best August, 2016
  • Best Hippie Towns in America – Thrillist August, 2016
  • Missoula: Good Example of bringing art to public – Access Waco – Central Texas News July, 2016
  • Missoula, MT: The City of Missoula Boosts Its Economy and Community with Green Goals and Initiatives – Green Spaces July, 2016
  • Top Biking Cities – Save Energy May, 2016
  • 8 Charming River Towns to Visit in Montana this Spring – Only in your State May, 2016
  • 26 Must-Race Half Marathons Around the Country – Oiselle April, 2016
  • Best Ice Cream Spots in the US – Food & Wine April, 2016
  • The 33 Definitive Marathons for Your Bucket List – Get Your Guide March, 2016
  • The Best Cities for an Active Retirement – SmartAsset March, 2016
  • America the Beautiful Series: Best Farmers Markets in the U.S. – Tripping February, 2016
  • Top Attractions in Missoula, MT – Attractions of America December, 2016
  • America’s Favorite Mountain Towns of 2016 – Travel + Leisure December, 2016
  • Top Fitness Friendly Cities – Smart Asset December, 2016
  • When the West Gets Under Your Skin – Adventure Journal November, 2016
  • The Magic of Missoula’s Free Cycles – The Radavist November, 2016
  • Urban Autumn: Beautiful Fall Foliage in Cities Around the USA – USA Today October, 2016
  • Top Cities for Beer Drinkers – Smart Asset January, 2016
  • 10 Things To Do in Missoula – A Luxury Travel Blog
  • 51 Best Beer Bars in America – CraftBeer.com 2016
  • Main Streets Across America – Higgins Ave – National Life Group 2016