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Missoula, Montana - Basic Facts

The City of Missoula is the 2nd largest city in Montana with a population of 71,840 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 71,840
Daytime Population: Workers 54,206
Daytime Population: Residents 32,938
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 87,144
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.21
Population in Households 68,471
Population in Familes 41,853
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,369
Population Density2 2,489
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $41,197
Average Household Income $60,693
Per Capita Income $27,178


Total Housing Units 33,049 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,141 (42.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,250 (52.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,658 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $252,955
Average Home Value $279,766


Total Households 31,391
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 14,767
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.97% 1.02%
Households 1.01% 1.09%
Families 0.71% 0.82%
Median Household Income   2.7%
Per Capita Income   2.52%

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, 2017 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 Density # 12 97th
Diversity Index # 72 80th
Median Household Income # 256 30th
Per Capita Income # 184 50th

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