In a picturesque mountain setting of the Montana Rockies, lies one of the nation’s most charming and sophisticated small cities… Missoula…this city has attracted persons from diverse backgrounds and interests, resulting in a harmonious and colorful setting, rich in culture and community spirit, varied lifestyles and business.

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Missoula is affectionately known as the “Garden City” because of the many flower gardens, vegetable gardens, shrubs, trees and lush green landscape. The numerous parks, golf courses and boulevards full of greenery give a sense of balance to concrete and buildings. The Downtown area of Missoula is well designed and has been enhanced by a trail and park system along both sides of the Clark Fork River providing a haven for shoppers and business people in the area.

Montana ‘s third largest city and county seat for Missoula County , Missoula is the center for education, medicine, business, retail shopping, entertainment, culture, and recreation for western Montana .

Central to Missoula is the University of Montana , specializing in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Forestry, Journalism, Environmental Studies and Law. Sporting events draw large crowds from throughout the area and a wide variety of drama, dance, music and other cultural events are offered by the University as well.

Outstanding health care is provided by Missoula ‘s two hospitals, Community Medical Center and St. Patrick’s Hospital, along with a wide array of health professionals and programs serving the needs of the community and western Montana . Missoula offers an abundance of retail shopping and boasts the largest indoor shopping mall in western Montana , along with ten major shopping centers throughout the city.

Dining is superb in Missoula . From sophisticated gourmet, to terrific ethnic, to laid-back burgers and brew, there’s no shortage of choices, settings or atmosphere.

The ambiance of this mountain community has been nurtured and preserved by the local merchants of art galleries, quaint coffee houses, cozy book stores, historic bars and restaurants, western boutiques, mountaineering shops, and a host of other merchants and organizations who take pride in their community. As Montana ‘s “Cultural Superstar”, Missoula hosts numerous festivals, music ensembles, theater groups, historic centers, dance troupes, visual arts centers and one of the west’s most distinguished writing communities.

Caras Park in the heart of downtown is filled with activities and events throughout the year, and is home to Missoula ‘s newest treasure, the first fully hand-carved carousel built in America in sixty years. There are numerous indoor and outdoor activities to take advantage of in Missoula . Sporting events and rodeos are happening throughout the year. Two downhill ski areas are within Missoula County along with miles of hiking and biking trails.

Sitting at 3,205 feet, surrounded by wilderness, National Forests and recreational areas, Missoula is located in the heart of five scenic valleys and the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers. Missoulians can find themselves in a scenic mountain meadow or on a blue ribbon trout stream within minutes of leaving the city.

These are the things that enrich and balance our lives and make it a pleasure to live here. A warm invitation is extended to anyone desiring to make this beautiful community of Missoula their workplace and home.