Missoula Facts

Population

Missoula County population in 2015 was estimated at 114,181. Missoula City population in 2013 was estimated at 69,821. (United State Census Bureau, 2013-2015)
Males: . . . . . .34,771. . . . . .(50.3%)
Females . . .34,351. . . . . .(49.7%)
Median resident age. . . . . . . .31.1 years
Montana median age. . . . . . . .40.0 years

Missoula 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
  • The city has over 400 acres of parkland, 22 miles of trails and nearly 5,000 acres of conserved open-space

Awards and Accolades

  • Ranked as the 8th Best Place To Live by Livability.com (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 Livestrong.com (2014)

Notable People Who Were Born or Resided in Missoula:

  • Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in Congress
  • Max Baucus, the U.S. longest serving Senate Majority Leader, now ambassador to China
  • John Elway, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback
  • Larry Krystowiak, former Milwaukee Bucks coach
  • Dana Carvey, actor and comedian
  • David Lynch, Academy Award nominated filmmaker
  • Carroll O’Connor, actor and comedian
  • J.K. Simmons, Academy Award winning actor
  • K. Ross Toole, Native American poet
  • Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It
  • Hank Green, musician and vlogger, creator of VidCon

Sister Cities:

  • Neckargemund, Germany
  • Palmerston, New Zealand