Missoula is a small city in Montana with a population of just over 71,000. Young adults aged 15-24 should feel right at home, as they account for an above-average 22% of the population. At an average age of just under 37, the city's residents are younger than most cities in Montana. Residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (48%) their home. At $849 per month, the average rent is roughly equal to the state average.
Missoula has an average commute time of about 17 minutes, outperforming nearly 70% of cities in the state. Many residents (42%) drive their car or truck to work, while public transportation is not used much. Not many residents (4%) commute to work on foot, though the number surpasses the national average.
If you're looking for a variety of career options, Missoula has them in spades. The four most common industries are healthcare, retail, entertainment, and education. Together, these industries make up 31% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, making it the top field in the city. Missoula workers earn an average annual income of just over $59K, roughly the same as the average Montana resident. However, Missoula compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), Missoula has a high concentration of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees, as 10% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Additionally, 18% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.
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