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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 70,847. Missoula is in Missoula County. Living in Missoula offers residents a 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
$253,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$785
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    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
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    19%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 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
$43,602
National
$55,322
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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.
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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.
Missoula is the prettiest city. People do various outdoor sports. Everybody drives. Few bus shelters, service can be erratic and limited and if it leaves early you can have an hour wait. August can have un-breathable air from forest fires. People smoke, vape. Internet is spotty even if you are connected to a router with a biz account. Stores /eateries =poor; overpriced food This is a party town. Drinking and driving is considered a birthright. Rarely see blacks, Latinos or Asians ...visible Native Americans seem mostly hidden. This is a college town, employment is about either the University, the hospital (St Pats) or government employment...Other than Forestry. Rents=overpriced slums. The mean girl culture from junior high school can be obliviously performed by grown adult women, The emotional intelligence can be so low here, worst drivers of the USA four years in a row. Missoula has the highest rates for suicide in USA.