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Why Missoula?

Missoula is a vibrant community with deep character, rich history and diverse terrain. The city provides many opportunities for new businesses, families, and individuals seeking an incredible quality of life. Located in Western Montana, “The Garden City” is known for its friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

Basic Facts

Founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post and renamed Missoula in 1866

  • Founded by C.P. Higgins and Frank Worden
  • Located in Western Montana, approximately 45 miles from the Idaho border
  • City elevation is 3,209 feet above sea level
  • The Missoula Valley was formed by a glacial lake approximately 13,000 years ago

Awards and Accolades

  • Ranked as the 8th Best Place To Live by (2014)
  • Ranked in the top 5 Best Places to Raise a Outdoor Kids in Outside Magazine (2013)
  • The Missoula Marathon was ranked #16 of the World’s Best Marathons by (2014)
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