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Country United States
State Montana
County Missoula
Founded 1866
Mayor John Engen (D)
City 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2)
Land 23.8 sq mi (61.6 km2)
Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,209 ft (978 m)
Population (2000)
City 57,053
Density 2,397.1/sq mi (925.6/km2)
Metro 95,802
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
Summer (DST) Mountain (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 406

SIZE: Missoula has a total area of 23.9 square miles.

LOCATION: Missoula is the centrally located in Western Montana amongst the Rocky Mountains. It is approximately 385 miles south of Calgary, Alberta; 478 miles east of Seattle, Washington; 894 miles north of Denver, Colorado and 1,182 miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

POPULATION: Missoula has a population of approximately 60,000 residents.

ECONOMIC INFLUENCE: The largest industries are agriculture, tourism, forestry, health care and education.

CLIMATE: With a fairly mild climate year round, the average temperature in Missoula is 25 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 80 degrees in July. The region is fairly arid and receives about 13 inches of moisture per year. The valleys receive about 40 to 60 inches of annual snowfall, while the mountains receive up to 350 inches. In the valleys, the growing season is typically 100 to 125 days.

Online Articles on Missoula:

Top 100 Best Places to Live
October 16, 2013

The Montana Experience Unlike Any Other
Executive Golfer
August 1, 2013

17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies
July 31, 2013

Smokejumper Base Offers Look at Parachute Corps
July 24, 2013

An All American Dance Party
July 5, 2013

The Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids: Missoula, Montana
June 30, 2013

50/50 Challenge
Montana is listed as "State 26"
June 26, 2013

The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan
May 3, 2013

Missoula, Mont.: Weekender
Via magazine
January/February 2011 Ask the Locals Travel Guide: Greenough and Missoula, MT
Retrieved October 22, 2009

By Dan Oko. Adventure Town: The Missoula Mind-Set.
National Geographic Adventure.
Retrieved April 13, 2009, from

Print Media on Missoula

Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers for Missoula
Missoula County Airport Authority
December 2010

10 great places to see through a novelist's eyes.
USA Today
Summer 2009

Missoula Inverted. By Jeremy Swum.
Jan/Feb 2008

Missoula Montana, Welcome to the new west. By Kay Bjork.
Fall 2005

Missoula in May. By Amy M. Grisak.
Northwest Travel
May/June 2003

Destination Missoula Bulletin Board