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Living a Biking Lifestyle in Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana is the second largest city in the state and a fine place for bicyclists. It is the home of the University of Montana. “A River Runs Through It” was set in nearby Blackfoot River. This small town of 63,000 excels at outdoor activities like road and mountain biking. Other forms of outdoor recreation like hiking and fishing are available thanks to the many rivers and mountains in this part of Montana. The college town environment gives the Missoula plenty of youthful energy.

Where to Retire in Missoula and Home Prices

Real estate is more costly than the national average. Zillow reports the median home value to be $531,479 in early 2022.

What Is Special about Missoula

Small college town. Evergreen forests and Mount Baker ski resort. Great hunting and fly-fishing (Golden Triangle). Blue Mountain recreation area. Montana Snow Bowl. A River Runs Through It was set in nearby Blackfoot River. Forest Service Smokejumpers base. Designated as a bicycle friendly town. No state sales tax

What Is Not Special about Missoula

Property crime is higher than national average, although violent crime is low. It is somewhat remote, and the winters cold.

Climate and Physical Environment

Missoula is located in west central Montana in the deep Bitterroot Valley, surrounded by mountains. There are 3 major rivers, the Clark Fork River, the Bitterroot River and the Blackfoot River. Idaho is nearby. The city is located in the center of the large, ancient Glacial Lake Missoula. Missoula Google Map

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

• The historic Wilma Theatre hosts the International Wildlife Film Festival. • Missoula Children’s Theatre • Active local music scene • The university hosts many cultural programs • The Lewis and Clark Outdoor Art Gala • The University's School of Visual and Performing Arts puts on 20 to 30 different performances each month • For people looking to take classes there is the he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


The crime rate in Missoula is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are more hospital beds per capita than national average in Missoula. The 2 hospitals are Community Medical Center and St. Patrick Hospital.


Missoula International is about 6 miles with limited service. Glacier Park International is 101 miles.

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