71 of 100
BACK NEXT
71. Missoula, Mont.
Population: 58,781
Pros: Natural beauty, good college town
Con: Long winters

Despite its long, gray winters and sometimes-smoky summers (due to forest fires), Missoula is so popular with relocating Californians that the price of real estate has become too high for old-timers. It's a liberal college town, home to the University of Montana, with terrific hunting and fishing and expansive mountain views. The city also has a thriving music scene.

Missoula is the hub of western Montana (with traffic to match). Logging was the town's traditional industry, but all logging ceased by the 1990s, clearing the way for new fields. The Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. runs several loan programs and offers assistance to small-business owners. Tourism is a leading local industry, thanks to Missoula's excellent recreational opportunities. The U.S. Forest Service trains "smokejumpers" - firefighters who deploy in remote locales - at its regional headquarters in Missoula. -Elizabeth Bland

The call of the mountains: Why entrepreneurs flock to mountain towns
Interactive map: Missoula, Mont.
Homes for sale Find homes for sale in Missoula, Mont.


NEXT: 72. Brookfield, Wisc.

Last updated July 02 2008: 11:16 AM ET
More Galleries
Rebirth of America's dead factories Defunct factories around the country are in high demand as U.S. production once again revs up. More
7 hot businesses to start now It's hard to predict what businesses will take off, but these startup ideas have been drawing tons of interest from entrepreneurs and their customers on Thumbtack.com. More
How will a minimum wage hike hit businesses? Thirteen states increased the minimum wage on Jan. 1, and President Obama supports raising the federal rate to $10.10. 4 small business owners weigh in on how an increase would affect them. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.