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Missoula, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Missoula is the 2nd largest city in Montana with a population of 70,715 as of July 1, 2016. Missoula ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Montana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Missoula is located at latitude 46.8693 and longitude -114.0077 in Missoula County. The formal boundaries for the City of Missoula (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.86 sq. miles and a water area of 0.18 sq. miles. Missoula County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,209 feet.

The City of Missoula (GNIS ID: 2411124) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Montana is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Missoula is located within Missoula Division of Missoula County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Missoula population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Missoula: Hnme'suuli, Im-i-sul-e-tiku, In-mae-soo-la, In-may-soo-let-que, Missoula Mills, Nemissoolatakoo.

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Missoula, MT Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 70,715
Population in Households 67,346
Population in Familes 41,161
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,369
Population Density1 2,450
Diversity Index2 24


Total Households 31,057
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 14,716
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 32,757 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,084 (43.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,973 (51.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,700 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $259,267
Average Home Value $283,120


Median Household Income $39,759
Average Household Income $58,754
Per Capita Income $26,457
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.87% 0.89%
Households 1.0% 1.01%
Families 0.76% 0.77%
Median Household Income   2.38%
Per Capita Income   1.74%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Missoula, MT - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Missoula to the other 364 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Montana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 13 97th
Diversity Index2 # 73 80th
Median Household Income # 250 32nd
Per Capita Income # 179 51st

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