20 Game-Changing Places to Live


What’s defined the West more than anything else is the sense of opportunity. Better ways to live. New technology. Visions of the future. So where is the innovation happening right now?

Missoula, MT

The cargo-clad wax poetic about the single-track trails and paddling waters, but Missoula’s also got a geeky side: The new Big Sky Code Academy offers soft­ware development boot camps, and the city ranked ninth in the nation for start-up activity in 2017.



Robin Rinaldi and Sarah Max


20 Game-Changing Places to Live



Missoula Economic Partnership

Nestled in the mountains of Western Montana is a small city of big opportunity. It is a place where tip-the-hat Western culture merges with vibrant cosmopolitan flair, a city at the threshold of wilderness, an intellectual and commercial hub where hard work and avid recreation serve as the balancing ethics of true prosperity.

We can tell you Missoula by the numbers, and the numbers are impressive. For a city of relatively small size, Missoula is home to a remarkably well-educated and skilled workforce. We boast robust commercial infrastructure, excellent transportation and shipping options, low utility rates, no sales tax, and a stable, diverse economy. We have some of the finest natural amenities in the world; yet it doesn’t cost a lot to live among them.

But anyone who has visited here knows that Missoula is much more than an aggregate of statistics. It is a true community, rich with character and culture. It is a great place to raise a family, a peaceful place to retire and an epic place to play.

We’ve included a few highlights about our community at the links featured on this page. If you would like detailed reports customized to your needs, please call the Missoula Economic Partnership at 406.541.6461. We can help you make it happen here.

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