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.

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.

One of the benefits of Missoula is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.20 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Missoula ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Missoula, 47.37% 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 $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.