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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Missoula is a town in Montana with a population of 72,125. Missoula is in Missoula County. Living in Missoula offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Missoula there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Missoula and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Missoula are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$262,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$813
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Missoula Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    301.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    87.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    56.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    510.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,962.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    266.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Missoula

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,010
National
$55,322
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Missoula has excellent recreation opportunities! Hiking, biking, fishing and everything to do with snow and winter. Missoula is not a booming town, so maybe not ideal for people who like the bustle and business of a larger town. The winters are quiet and the summers are filled with sunshine and plenty of healthy and happy people! The people are fantasic here and there's music on every street corner!
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I've always loved Missoula. It has a certain charm that - despite its flaws - seems to pull you in.
There is always something to do, whether it be hiking, shopping, or enjoying live music. It's definitely a town full of hippies!
Ultimately, Missoula's downfall is the ever-increasing cost-of-living.
I love Missoula! It's the perfect place to live. We have all the amenities of a big city - movie theaters (an indie/community one, and a couple bigger ones), concert venues that regularly bring in big acts, tons of good local restaurants, coffee shops, etc. You're also three hours away from two major national parks - Yellowstone and Glacier. There's tons of hiking within the town itself and in the surrounding area. You can also float down the river that flows through town in the summer.