What is Missoula like?

We are a town of rivers: the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot meet here. Biking and hiking trails cross the valley and fan into the mountains circling the city. There's a designated Wilderness Area less than 5 miles from downtown, a ski resort less than 15 miles.

Average temperatures range from 32 to 84 degrees, so it's not as cold here as people think. Nicknamed "the Garden City," Missoula has community farms and a lot of backyard gardens. The University commons and city restaurants serve locally-grown, gourmet food.

Big enough to offer all the comforts of 21st century living (population 70,000), but small enough to feel neighborly, Missoula is a city of young, educated people. The majority of our population falls between the ages 25 and 34. Nineteen percent of adults in Missoula have a graduate or professional degree.

Other perks: we have no sales tax, the bass player for Pearl Jam kicks it at our local skateboard park, and if you throw a stone in Missoula you'll hit a famous writer.

Every few months a new "best of" list comes out ranking our town among the finest living communities in the nation. It's a great place to live, work, play and write. 

A panorama of Missoula

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