Missoula 67 Average
Missoula Livability #139 ranked city in Montana#16,054 ranked city in the USARanks better than 45% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Missoula Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Missoula Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Montana
1011% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Missoula cost of living
F Missoula Crime Total crime is 49% higher than Montana
Total crime
3,86965% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2665% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Missoula crime
D Missoula Employment Household income is 12% lower than Montana
Median household income
$42,38923% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,85310% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%12% higher than the US average
Missoula employment
F Missoula Housing Home value is 21% higher than Montana
Median home value
$241,00030% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$77219% lower than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Missoula real estate or Missoula rentals
B- Missoula Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Montana
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
53%10% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Missoula K-12 schools
D Missoula User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in Missoula
Overall user rating
55% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
30% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
76% 11 total surveys
all Missoula poll results

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      Living in Missoula, MT

      Missoula is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Montana. The city has a population of 70,117 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (91% White). Given that fact, Missoula could be considered less diverse than other cities. Missoula tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Missoula might be a good fit as 72% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Missoula, Montana could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Missoula, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, housing and more.

      Missoula, MT receives 63/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #152 in Montana and #19,606 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Missoula has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+). Regrettably for Missoula, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), weather (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Missoula on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: A Carousel for Missoula, University of Montana, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Missoula. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Missoula are affordable. Median real estate prices in Missoula come in at $241,000, which is 20.7% higher than the Montana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Missoula, the home price to income ratio is 5.7, which is 39% higher than the Montana average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Missoula were 9.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%.

      Missoula transportation information

      Average one way commute16min18min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.8%75.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.7%10.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.7%0.8%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle7.2%1.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.8%5.1%2.8%
      Working from home5.1%6.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Missoula, MT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).