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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Housing
    C+
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
  5. Diversity
    B-
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    C-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    A+
Missoula County is located in Montana with a population of 115,983. Missoula County is one of the best places to live in Montana. In Missoula County, most residents own their homes. In Missoula County there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Missoula County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Missoula County are highly rated.
Population
115,983

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$271,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$816
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Missoula County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    319.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    96.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    61.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    443.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,878.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    237.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Missoula County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,270
National
$55,322

Missoula County Reviews

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Missoula, MT is a very friendly and active community. We pride ourselves on our ability to explore the outdoors and wilderness areas. We are near so many national parks and lakes that you will never get bored. Missoula is a community and we support each other fully to help reach our goals to improve individually and as a town. You can bet you will see members of the community hiking, biking, floating the river, or running a marathon. I would encourage all of you to come and visit Missoula, MT.
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I was born and raised in Missoula County and I can tell you from personal experience it is a very odd place to grow up. You are surrounded by mountains on all sides and always feel slightly uncomfortable when you travel somewhere where there are no mountains. There is a lot of wildlife. It isn't strange to see deer in people's yards and there are regular mountain lion sightings up further in the mountains. If you are an outdoorsy person, Missoula County has many trails, hunting, river rafting. Land taxes are incredibly expensive. Due to this issue you see a lot of homeless people and the problems that ensue because of them. The university campus is beautiful, but its very close to downtown and hobo camps. It is not unusual to hear of young college women being groped or manhandled. Its an epidemic that no one really wants to talk about so nothing gets done.
Missoula County is a really friendly, artsy college town. There's lots of summer events and community based events for everyone. The Schools have a lot of opportunities in all sorts of areas, including arts and performing arts, sports, and Stem or engineering activities. Missoula itself is clean, interesting, and fun to explore.