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Missoula is a city in Missoula County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the community name derives from Flathead word for "by very cold water"

The latitude of Missoula is 46.872N. The longitude is -113.993W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,209 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 60,722.


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Median household income
Local
$30,366
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Missoula demographic reports
Missoula is on the Clark Fork River, in the Rocky Mountains
Former and merged names include:
· Missoula Mills
Public transportation: Missoula Urban Transportation District (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Ranked No. 1 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index

Ranked No. 5 among small cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002

Rated No. 18 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Missoula received national attention for Red, a ring-necked pheasant who followed the mail carrier on her daily rounds. Red met an untimely death in January 2002 after flying into a window
Well-known residents have included:
· David Lynch, film and TV director
· Tommy Moe, skier, Olympic medallist
· James Crumley, mystery writer
· Dana Carvey, comedian
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • May Fair Fling - May 25-29, 2007
  • Western Montana Fair and Rodeo - Aug. 7-12, 2007
  • Frost Fever/Winterfest - Jan. 27-28, 2007
  • Germanfest - Sept. 9, 2007
  • Montana CINE Cultural and Environmental Film Fest - Oct. 4-7, 2007
  • Montana Festival of the Book - Sept. 13-15, 2007
  • Jazz Festival - April 27-28, 2007
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - Feb. 15-21, 2007
  • International Wildlife Film Festival - May 12-19, 2007
  • River City Roots Fest - Sept. 15, 2007
  • Montana CINE Cultural and Environmental Film Fest - Oct. 1-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Missoula web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Missoula Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Council Grove State Park
Sports teams: Osprey (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Fort Missoula, Missoula Art Museum, Montana Natural History Center, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Museum of Mountain Flying
Colleges and universities: University of Montana
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 87

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Missoula demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Missoula County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Missoula area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 59803 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

21% of Missoula residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Missoula ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Missoula was $17,166, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

38% of Missoula residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Missoula include East Pine Street Historic District, Fort Missoula Historic District, Lower Rattlesnake Historic District, Missoula Southside Historic District, Northside Missoula Railroad Historic District, University Area Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Missoula, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $468.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $984.


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Libraries in Missoula include Missoula Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Missoula include Missoulian

TV stations in Missoula include KECI, KMMF, KPAX, KTMF, KUFM.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUFM.

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Missoula County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Missoula political report.

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Missoula restaurants taking online reservations include Blue Canyon Kitchen & Tavern - Missoula ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Missoula workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Missoula between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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