Missoula, MT
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Missoula is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Montana. With a population of 73,340 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Missoula is the second largest community in Montana.

Missoula real estate is some of the most expensive in Montana, although Missoula house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Missoula is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Missoula is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Missoula who work in office and administrative support (12.71%), food service (10.19%), and sales jobs (9.61%).

Of important note, Missoula is also a city of artists. Missoula has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Missoula’s character.

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.

Missoula is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Missoula enrolled in college, Missoula has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Not only is Missoula a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Missoula a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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 17.20 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Missoula is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.37% of adults in Missoula have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Missoula in 2010 was $28,426, which is upper middle income relative to Montana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,704 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 Native American. 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.