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Missoula /mᵻˈzuːlə/ is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the "hub of five valleys". In 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 71,022 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 114,181. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook Great Falls as Montana’s second‑largest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university. Missoula was founded in 1860 as Hellgate Trading Post while still part of Washington Territory. By 1866, the settlement had moved east, 5 miles (8 km) upstream, and renamed Missoula Mills, later shortened to Missoula. The mills provided supplies to western settlers traveling along the Mullan Road. The establishment of Fort Missoula in 1877 to protect settlers further stabilized the economy. The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1883 brought rapid growth and the maturation of the local lumber industry. In 1893, the Montana Legislature chose the city as the site for the state's first university. Along with the U.S. Forest Service headquarters founded in 1908, lumber and the university remained staples of the local economy for the next hundred years. By the 1990s, Missoula's lumber industry had gradually disappeared, and as of 2009, the city's largest employers were the University of Montana, Missoula County Public Schools, and Missoula's two hospitals. The city is governed by a mayor–council government with twelve city council members, two from each of the six wards. In and around Missoula are 400 acres (160 ha) of parkland, 22 miles (35 km) of trails, and nearly 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) of open-space conservation land with adjacent Mount Jumbo home to grazing elk and mule deer during the winter. The city is also home to both Montana's largest and its oldest active breweries as well as the Montana Grizzlies, one of the strongest college football programs in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Notable residents include the first woman in the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, and the United States' longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, Mike Mansfield.

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Missoula, a city in the state of Montana is located along the Clark Fork River and is home to the University of Montana. Called as the hub of five valleys, Missoula offers a range of recreational activities like hiking, fishing, golfing, rock climbing and rafting for visitors visiting Missoula. Things to do in Missoula include: walking tour of downtown Missoula; visiting the Missoula public library; hiking up the M on the Mount Sentine, 620 feet above the city to enjoy its breath-taking view; visiting the Caras park; exploring the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; visiting the Montana State Park; Relaxing at the many of the city's surrounding natural hot springs; drinking local beer at a local brewery; exploring the ghost town; and enjoying a stroll on its beautiful riverfront.

 

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Facts and Stats for Missoula*

  • Pollution Statistics in Missoula

    Know the pollution level of Missoula before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 11.36 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 6.25 (Very Low)
  • Missoula: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Missoula for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Missoula.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Missoula - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 52.21 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 10.83 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.19 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.28 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Missoula

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Missoula

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 48.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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