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Welcome to Missoula ...

The city of Missoula is located in Missoula County<1> and is the County Seat for Missoula County.

The location of Missoula has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Missoula: mih-ZOO-luh<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Missoula has a population of 75,836 people<4> (see below for details).

Missoula was established in 1860.

The community of Missoula is 3,180 feet [969 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the elevation of Missoula is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Missoula lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Missoula, you will leave Mountain Time and cross into the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT).

Missoula is within the (406) area code.

Websites for Missoula ...

Official Website:   www.ci.missoula.mt.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.missoulachamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Missoula had an population of 75,836 people. This is an increase of 13.55% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 32.92% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Missoula had a population of 66,788 people (which is 61.11% of the total population of Missoula County). This makes Missoula the county's most populous community.

The population of Missoula represents 6.75% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 66,788 people, the population of Missoula increased 17.06% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 57,053 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Missoula.

Communities near Missoula ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Missoula.

  • Milltown [Missoula County]
  • Bonner [Missoula County]
  • Piltzville [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piltzville
    • Piltzville [Missoula County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the east of Missoula
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piltzville
  • Wye [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wye
    • Wye [Missoula County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Missoula
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wye have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wye
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wye<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Lolo [Missoula County]
    • Evaro [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evaro
      • Evaro [Missoula County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the north of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evaro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evaro
    • Frenchtown [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchtown
      • Frenchtown [Missoula County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchtown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frenchtown<7>
    • Clinton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<7>
    • Florence [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
      • Florence [Ravalli County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florence<7>
    • Huson [Missoula County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Missoula. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Missoula.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Missoula. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Missoula.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Missoula. Our list includes 51 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Missoula.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Missoula ...

Looking for more information about Missoula? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Missoula, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Missoula.

Adding Missoula to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Missoula in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Missoula was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Missoula on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Montana (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Missoula on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Montana

About Missoula County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Missoula: www.ci.missoula.mt.us/

The official website for Missoula County: www.co.missoula.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Missoula, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Missoula. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Missoula.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Missoula - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Missoula) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Missoula. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MissoulaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Missoula. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8706, Longitude: -114.0086       In this case, the coordinates for Missoula have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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