Missoula, MT
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Missoula is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 74,428 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Missoula is the second largest community in Montana.

Missoula home prices are not only among the most expensive in Montana, but Missoula real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Missoula is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Missoula is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Missoula who work in office and administrative support (12.75%), food service (11.07%), and sales jobs (9.32%).

Also of interest is that Missoula has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Missoula, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Missoula provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Not only is Missoula a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Missoula is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Missoula a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Missoula spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Missoula ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Missoula, 47.68% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Missoula in 2010 was $29,244, which is upper middle income relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,976 for a family of four. However, Missoula contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Missoula home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Missoula residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Missoula include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Missoula is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.