Missoula MT

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Perhaps best known as the home of the University of Montana, Missoula has a population of nearly 75,000 residents. The city is often called the hub of five valleys because of its location at the foot of five mountain ranges, which make Missoula a popular spot for outdoor recreation. Beautiful weather and a college-town vibe have driven exceptional population growth in the city, which is considered the cultural center of the state. Sperling’s Best Places named Missoula among its top green cities, least stressful cities and safest cities.

Hills outside of Missoula, seen from Mount Sentinel, in Missoula, Montana.

Missoula Arts and Culture

The city is the best of both worlds for those who love the outdoors but want access to eclectic culture. Missoula is known for its vibrant live music scene, and the Missoula Art Museum highlights a rotating collection of local artists alongside national and international names. The Big Sky Amphitheater is the place to go for outdoor concerts, while sports enthusiasts can catch the University of Montana games all year long. The brewery and restaurant scenes are also thriving.

Enjoying Missoula Green Space

If you love the mountains, you’ll love Missoula. The city offers access to world-class skiing and snowboarding and features a host of hiking and biking trails. Blue-ribbon trout fishing is a way of life in this part of Montana. With more than 60,000 acres of wilderness, you’ll never run out of new places to explore.

Buying a Home in Missoula

The hot housing market in Missoula contributes to the city’s above-average cost of living. The median home price of $303,500, a record high for the city as of 2018, is significantly above the national average and has increased more than 11 percent over the past year. The city has positive job growth over the past year, no sales tax and unemployment below the national average. Sales are slowing slightly compared to the first quarter of 2018, which makes this a great time to get into the market if you have your heart set on Billings.

 

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