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About 70,000 people live in the Missoula Valley. Many people who work in Missoula live in surrounding towns that are within a 20 to 45 minute drive. South: Lolo (population 3500) - East: E. Missoula (population 2000), Bonner (population 1700), Tura, Clinton (population 600), Potomac - West: Frenchtown (population 900), Alberton - North: Evero (population 350). Note: Population are estimates based on 2000 census data.Our local performing arts include Missoula Community Theater, Missoula Symphony. Weather Football or Basketball, fans are always there to support the Griz and the Lady Griz teams. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula also has some "college town" feel and excitement including homecoming parades and tailgate parties.
Popular forms of entertainment centered primarily on the out-of -doors. Missoula is located in the fly fishing golden triangle. Fishing and hunting top the list of recreation. Not far behind are skiing, white water activities, bicycling, and off-road motorcycle riding. The Rattlesnake River drainage and the Blue Mountain recreation area are open to all for enjoyment. Snow Bowl ski area runs are visible from town and only a short drive from downtown.
Missoula is located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains and is cut by three major rivers, the Clark Fork River, the Bitterroot River and the Blackfoot River. The city is the namesake and center of the large, ancient Glacial Lake Missoula, which caused catastrophic floods across the northwest in the last ice age. Missoula is currently the second most populous city in Montana. Billings is the only city that has a larger population. Missoula is often considered the capital of Western Montana. We have 4 seasons with an annual average temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit. About 22 days per year are above 90 degrees and 180 days per year are below freezing. Annual precipitation is about 13.5 inches.