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Overview

Introduction to Missoula, Montana

Missoula is situated in a valley near the Clark Fork River in Missoula County. The municipality is also known as the "Garden City" due to the vast number of trees and the lush green environment. It's part of the Fly Fishing Golden Triangle. The Bitterroot River and the Clark Fork flow through the town. The climate is dominated more by the Pacific Northwest than the Rocky Mountains. The community is also known for being pro-environment.

History

The Sakish Tribe were the original inhabitants. The city takes it's name from the Sakish word "Nemissoolatakoo." The Lewis and Clark Expedition entered the valley in 1805. The first white settlements were established in 1860 when C.P. Higgins and Francis Worden created a trading post along the Blackfoot River.

The completion of a road which traversed through Missoula and connected Fort Benton with Walla Walla, Washington led to significant growth for the city. The construction of Fort Missoula in 1877 and the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 were also important factors in the region's growth. In 1908 Missoula was selected to be the regional headquarters of the Forest Service. The Aerial Fire Depot was constructed in 1954. Before the 1970s the logging industry was a primary factor for the economy.

Outdoor Activities

Hiking, rock climbing, fishing, bicycle riding, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting and golfing are some of the popular outdoor activities. The Blackfoot River and the Bitterroot River are very popular destinations during the summer for floating trips. Fly fisherman enjoy fishing along Rock Creek, Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River and Clark Fork. Nearby Snowbowl and Marshall Mountain attract skiing enthusiasts. Lolo Pass is utilized for cross-country skiing.

The trail which leads to the huge "M" situated on Mount Sentinel offers excellent views of the valley. Hikers enjoy a large number of scenic locations including Selway-Bitterroot and the Sapphire Mountains. The Rattlesnake Wilderness and the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area are filled with wildlife and are popular for outdoor activities. Thousands of bicycle riders arrive at the notable Adventure Cycling's headquarters.

Attractions

  • The U.S. Forest Service's smoke jumper base provides tours of the facility
  • A walking bridge which crosses over the railroad yards is a popular location for railroad enthusiasts
  • The Missoula Osprey play minor league baseball games
  • The historic downtown feature some noteworthy structures
  • The Art Museum of Missoula
  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Visitors Center
  • Irish Cultural Celebration
  • Germanfest
  • Montana Natural History Center

Arts and Nightlife

The city is part of the Rocky Mountains region, however culturally the community is connected with the Pacific Northwest. It's recognized as one of the most liberal municipalities in the state. The community consists of ranchers, cowboys, artists, yuppies and college students. Missoula is home to the International Wildlife Film Festival and is known for its diverse music scene. Out to Lunch at Caras Park offers live entertainment.

The Montana Repertory Theater, situated on the University of Montana campus features a variety of theatrical productions. The Missoula Community Theater offers family entertainment. Residents and visitors enjoy the music performed by the Missoula Orchestra and Choral and the String Orchestra of the Rockies. There are numerous nightspots including Charlie B's, Butterfly Herbs, Kettlehouse Brewing Company, Buck's Cub and Rhinoceros. Notable Western writers reside in the region.

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of Montana.

Demographics

People

Total Population70,117
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+37,485
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married38.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47.1%
Median Earnings25+$29,643
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,570

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,229
% Above Poverty Level80.7%
% Below Poverty Level19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work14%
% Using Public Transportation2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$772
Median House Value$241,000

Ancestry

German25.4%
Irish18.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.6%
English11.8%
Norwegian8.6%
Italian5.4%
Scottish4.1%
French Except Basque3.7%
Swedish2.7%
Polish2.3%
Dutch2%
Danishn1.6%
Welsh1.2%
Russian1.2%
Canadian1.1%
Czech1%
Finnish0.8%
Austrian0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Ukrainian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Missoula Almanac

CategoryValue
County Missoula County
Standard Zip Codes59801, 59802, 59803, 59804, 59808
P.O. Box Zip Codes59806, 59807
Company Zip Codes59812
Phone Area Codes406
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude46.85
Approximate Longitude-113.99

Missoula Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMISSOULA 2 NE
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp51 to 82 F
Oct Temp33 to 57 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationMISSOULA INTL AP
Distance5.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp32 to 58 F
Jul Temp50 to 84 F
Oct Temp31 to 57 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationPOTOMAC
Distance20.2 miles
Jan Temp8 to 29 F
Apr Temp25 to 56 F
Jul Temp42 to 82 F
Oct Temp23 to 58 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alberton596$40,625

Missoula Public Libraries

Missoula Public Library
301 E MAIN
Missoula, Montana
(406) 721-2665

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Missoula Hospitals

Community Medical Center Inc
(Non-profit)
2827 Fort Missoula Rd
(406) 728-4100
St Patrick Hospital
(Non-profit)
500 W Broadway
(406) 543-7271

Missoula Public Schools

Franklin School
1901 South 10th West
ZIP: 59801
(406) 542-4020
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Hellgate High School
900 South Higgins
ZIP: 59801
(406) 728-2402
High
Total Enrollment 1205
Lewis & Clark School
2901 Park
ZIP: 59801
(406) 542-4035
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Paxson School
101 Evans
ZIP: 59801
(406) 542-4055
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Russell School
3216 Russell Street
ZIP: 59801
(406) 542-4080
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Sentinel High School
901 South Avenue West
ZIP: 59801
(406) 728-2403
High
Total Enrollment 1169
Washington Middle School
645 West Central Ave
ZIP: 59801
(406) 542-4085
Middle
Total Enrollment 588
Desmet 7-8
6355 Padre Lane
ZIP: 59802
(406) 549-4994
Middle
Total Enrollment 19
Desmet School
6355 Padre Lane
ZIP: 59802
(406) 549-4994
Primary
Total Enrollment 87
Hellgate Middle School
2385 Flynn Lane
ZIP: 59802
(406) 721-2452
Middle
Total Enrollment 447
Lowell School
1200 Sherwood
ZIP: 59802
(406) 542-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 289
Rattlesnake Elementary School
1220 Pineview Drive
ZIP: 59802
(406) 542-4050
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Chief Charlo School
5600 Longview Dr
ZIP: 59803
(406) 542-4005
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Cold Springs School
2625 Briggs Street
ZIP: 59803
(406) 542-4010
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Meadow Hill Middle School
4210 Reserve
ZIP: 59803
(406) 542-4045
Middle
Total Enrollment 490
Big Sky High School
3100 South Avenue West
ZIP: 59804
(406) 728-2401
High
Total Enrollment 1060
Hawthorne School
2835 South 3rd West
ZIP: 59804
(406) 542-4025
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Porter Middle School
2510 Central Avenue
ZIP: 59804
(406) 542-4060
Middle
Total Enrollment 470
Target Range 7-8
4095 South Avenue West
ZIP: 59804
(406) 549-9239
Middle
Total Enrollment 105
Target Range School
4095 South Avenue West
ZIP: 59804
(406) 549-9239
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Lower Grade Hellgate
2385 Flynn Lane
ZIP: 59808
(406) 721-2160
Primary
Total Enrollment 1020

Missoula Private Schools

Primrose Montessori School
600 S Avenue E
ZIP: 59801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
St Joseph School
503 Edith St
ZIP: 59801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 275
Sussex School
1800 S 2nd St W
ZIP: 59801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
Clark Fork School
2525 Rattlesnake Dr
ZIP: 59802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Missoula Int'l School
1100 Harrison St
ZIP: 59802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 133
Lighthouse Baptist Academy
5425 Gharrett Ave
ZIP: 59803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
Valley Christian School
2526 Sunset Ln
ZIP: 59804
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 202
Missoula Valley Montessori
2811 Latimer St
ZIP: 59808
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
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