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Retirement Living In Missoula - Montana

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Area Description

Some might dub Missoula as unique, cool or hip. Others will experience it as serene, welcoming and replete with natural beauty. You might spend time here and see it as vibrant, active and pulsating with places to go and things to do. The beauty of Missoula is that it is all these things and more.

Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. You can kayak, raft or tube through downtown or take a relaxing hike in 60,000 acres of wilderness minutes from your hotel. Missoula is known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing (made famous by A River Runs Through It) and spectacular natural beauty. The outdoor recreational opportunities are limitless.

In a place like Missoula, it is hard to compete with the great outdoors. Fortunately, Missoula’s arts and culture scene is a worthy contender. Think theater, festivals, music, dance, art galleries and more. All of which means you have an incredible opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Looking for things to do? You will never be at a loss in Missoula. Outdoor recreation, arts and culture, attractions, historic buildings, museums, the list goes on and on. Unexpectedly for a small town, Missoula always has something happening.

One could say that outdoor recreation is our specialty. Regardless of the season, getting outdoors in Missoula is easy. Deciding what to do may prove a bit more challenging. During the summer, water activities are an ideal way to cool off. Surrounding rivers and lakes provide plenty of opportunities to kayak, raft, stand-up paddle board and more. Find fun in the snow with winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and even snowshoeing. With all the possibilities, there is every reason to get outside and experience all we have to offer.

Cultural Activities

Missoula boasts a plethora of choices for the culturally minded. Whether it is art or music being created in the street, or a gala event at a local museum, Missoula has what it takes to satisfy even the most avant-garde individual.

Live theatre abounds at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and the Montana Repertory Theatre and our music scene is broad, running the gamut from orchestral to bluegrass to country. On any given weekend, you're sure to find some sort of strumming and drumming or a theatrical performance taking place, whether in a large public forum or in a small, quiet setting. Missoula celebrates the visual arts as well. Take a short walk downtown and discover art galleries showcasing the communities’ best artists and artisans and museums that host stunning and thought provoking exhibitions.

River City Roots Festival is one of the city's biggest events. Held annually in late summer, Roots Fest turns downtown into a veritable arts extravaganza. The two-day celebration features live performances on stage on west Main Street, a juried art show, entertainment for children and families, and a 4-mile run through the heart of the city.

Public transportation

It is easy to get around Missoula whether you decide to rent a car, take the bus or call a cab. Missoula is a community that prides itself in making all attempts to reduce traffic congestion and provide eco-friendly transportation options. In fact, as of January 5th 2015, Missoula’s Mountain Line bus system will be free of charge for all.

Medical Facilities

Missoula has two major hospitals, a VA clinic, and offers a number of community clinics that strive to offer affordable and accessible healthcare. Our community can provide any type of medical care you require whether it be dental, optical, chiropractic, major medical, or holistic.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Missoula, Montana?

Missoula has all four seasons - the original divisions of the year as determined by Mother Nature.
While we do have occasional wildfires, we don't have a "mudslide season", "tornado season" or "hurricane season", and the simple thought of a Tsunami is ridiculous! So no matter when you decide to visit us, you will find a spectacular season waiting just for you. Whether relaxed or invigorating, our seasons are sure to keep you entertained and create a life-time of memories.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  18  26  34
 Feb  21  30  39
 Mar  27  38  49
 Apr  33  45  58
 May  40  53  67
 Jun  46  60  74
 Jul  51  68  85
 Aug  50  67  84
 Sep  42  57  72
 Oct  32  45  57
 Nov  25  33  41
 Dec  17  24  31

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  3
 Feb  0  26  1
 Mar  0  24  0
 Apr  0  14  0
 May  0  4  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  9  0  0
 Aug  8  0  0
 Sep  1  2  0
 Oct  0  15  0
 Nov  0  24  0
 Dec  0  30  2

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  12  19 %
 Feb  1 "  9  20 %
 Mar  1 "  11  24 %
 Apr  1 "  11  28 %
 May  2 "  12  35 %
 Jun  2 "  12  42 %
 Jul  1 "  7  44 %
 Aug  1 "  7  42 %
 Sep  1 "  8  37 %
 Oct  1 "  8  31 %
 Nov  1 "  11  24 %
 Dec  1 "  12  18 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  9 "  20  8
 Feb  7 "  13  6
 Mar  5 "  4  5
 Apr  1 "  0  2
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  1 "  0  1
 Nov  6 "  5  5
 Dec  11 "  18  9

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Cost of Living for Missoula, MT

Missoula, Montana cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Missoula has many neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character, such as the Rattlesnake with its easy access to outdoors, the Northside with its funky and close knit feel, or the South Hills, which offer stunning views of Missoula. Whether you’re looking to buy, rent, or are interested in one of the 65 independent living communities, 14 assisted living communities, or 4 retirement communities, Missoula can offer you housing that will suit your needs in a neighborhood that will suit your desires.

Senior Assistance in Missoula, MT

Missoula, Montana offers the following assistance for seniors:

Missoula Aging Services reaches a population few organizations serve. As an Aging and Disability Resource Center, Missoula Aging Services is committed to promoting the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them. Our services range from providing Meals On Wheels for homebound adults, to teaching New to Medicare classes, to providing respite care for caregivers. We are able to make a complex system of services more easily accessible through education, referrals and individualized, person-centered services.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Missoula Offer For Retirees?

Missoula boasts over 1,200 registered non-profits, providing residents with almost unlimited volunteer opportunities. In 2012, Volunteer Missoula was founded to help connect volunteers with non-profits, making it easier than ever to find the perfect opportunity for you.

Missoula Aging Services offers another great service to our community by coordinating the Senior Corp volunteer program and working with Missoula Job Services to find employment opportunities for seniors in Missoula.

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