Montana October 25, 2016
12 Reasons To Drop Everything And Move To This One Montana City
Montana’s cities and towns are very diverse, and so are the opinions of one of our biggest cities, Missoula. Not everyone loves the Garden City, but those who do know just how lucky we are to have a place like it in the Treasure State. For those who want a taste of urban living without sacrificing the atmosphere of an outdoor town, it’s heaven on Earth. And considering it’s continuously rated one of America’s best places to live year after year on livability.com, there may be something special about Missoula life.
Not convinced? Here are 12 good reasons why people who live in Missoula are lucky people indeed.
1. Missoula’s quality of life is high.
A stellar healthcare system, high ranking schools and the natural amenities may have something to do with that.
2. The restaurant scene is amazing.
You can find great food in almost any Montana town, but Missoula’s dining scene is truly exceptional. Newer spots like Rumour (pictured above) and Plonk combined with the classics like Paul’s Pancake Parlor and the Mo Club make for a great selection.
3. You’re (literally) surrounded by natural beauty in Missoula.
Aside from the creeks and rivers that run through town, you’ll be near three mountain ranges and 400 acres of city parkland.
4. You’ll be able to take some amazing day trips.
Charming towns like Stevensville, Hamilton and Butte are just a short drive away, and so are Seeley Lake and the Flathead Valley.
5. It’s actually fun to go downtown.
Missoula is a college town full of coffee shops, independent bookstores and bars with character.
6. It’s a wonderful place to live if you’re an artist (or you just love good art).
From the Zootown Arts Community Center to the downtown art walks and the annual film festivals, Missoula is very supportive of its local creatives.
7. Their Farmers Markets are legendary…
The Missoula Farmers Market and the Clark Fork Market offer access to the best fresh local produce, meat and other necessities.
8. … and so is the beer.
The Montana beer scene has never looked better, and Missoula has plenty of breweries and taprooms for tasting.
9. You can have the perfect balance between town and country.
Want to spend a day hiking remote trails and an evening at an upscale wine bar? It’s possible here.
10. There are four distinct shopping areas.
Check out the downtown shopping, Southgate Mall, North Reserve Street and South Cross Shopping areas. You’ll be extra thankful for the lack of sales tax.
11. While it’s certainly not cheap to live in Missoula, you can still find affordable housing.
Missoula’s cost of living is on par with the national average, which isn’t the case for most cities of its size.
12. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Truly, the Missoula area is visually stunning.
Ready to pack up and move? If you remain unconvinced, perhaps one of Montana’s charming small towns is right for you.