Great Falls is the third largest city in Montana. It is located slightly to the northwest of the center of the state. The city’s name comes from a series of waterfalls along the nearby portion of the Missouri River. The population of Great Falls is around 59,000, behind Missoula and Billings. Great Falls is located by the portage route used by Lewis and Clark some of which is a National Historic Landmark today.
Grand Falls strongest-growing economic sectors are business services, healthcare, retails, social welfare and tourism. The city is currently working to rebuild its agricultural processing industry and received an $8 million grant to open a Food and Agriculture Development Center. Some major employers in the city include:
- Malmstrom Air Force base
- Benefits Health System
- Great Falls Public Schools
- Montana Air National Guard
- Great Falls Clinic
The housing market in Great Falls is relatively affordable for the state. The median home listing price is $190,800 with a median square footage of 1,749 and a price per square foot of $109. These values are 15% below the national median.
The city is home to three notable sports teams: the Great Falls Voyagers baseball team, the Great Falls Gladiators football team, and the Great Falls Americans ice hockey team. These are all minor league, semi-professional and junior league teams respectively.
Great Falls has a symphony orchestra that offers several concert series throughout the year. This organization often brings in well-known performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and others.
The Slip ‘n Dip lounge is a famous tiki bar in the downtown part of the city. It features an indoor swimming pool with women dressed as mermaids. In 2003, it was rated one of the top 10 best bars in the world by GQ magazine. The bar also features a famed piano player named “Piano Pat” who is known for his unusual and memorable cover.