Best Places to Live

Great Falls, MT

Population: 58,401
Photo Courtesy of Great Falls Montana Tourism

This city in the heart of Big Sky Country is ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors. Great Falls is situated along the banks of the lovely Missouri River and offers ample opportunity for adventure. When it comes to getting outdoors in Great Falls, the sky’s the limit — no pun intended.

Great Falls scored high in the infrastructure and economics categories, pointing to the city’s relatively low cost of living and ease of getting around (even during harsh winters). Great Falls is increasingly becoming a destination for entrepreneurs because it’s a welcoming and inspiring place for anyone looking to bring a new idea to life — this is pioneer country, after all.

Local Obsession: Outdoor adventure. From hiking to mountain biking to ice fishing, residents here love exploring the outdoors however and whenever they get the chance.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Hardcore winters, postcard-perfect summers.

Top Industries and Employers: Major industries in Great Falls include the military, healthcare and retail.

Local Dream Job: Ice fishing instructor

Quintessential Meal: Great Falls is known as the pizza capital of Montana (yes, really!), so a hot slice here is always a win.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Hiking, skiing or snowshoeing the nearby trails.

After-Work Meetup Spot: The Block is a brand new hotspot puts a fun twist on classic favorites, like grilled cheese. 

Best Brewery: Mighty Mo Brewing Co., which is located in the heart of downtown Great Falls.

Beloved Bookstore: Cassiopeia Books

Free Way to Have Fun: Exploring Giant Springs State Park, which was recorded as part of Lewis and Clark’s travels in 1805.

Hidden Gem: Have you ever been to a tiki bar and thought, “You know what this place is missing? ACTUAL MERMAIDS”? Then you need to visit Sip ‘n Dip Lounge, a dive bar featuring literal mermaids swimming in a tank behind the tap.

- Claire Hannum

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“Get out and experience the area! In town, I can be biking, fishing or walking on the River’s Edge Trail in minutes, and on the weekend, I can be out hiking in four different mountain ranges in less than an hour. My other piece of advice: let yourself dream – Great Falls has provided a quality of life for my family that wasn’t possible for us in other places and provided for opportunities that weren’t not readily available elsewhere.”

Rebecca Engum
Executive Director of Great Falls, MT Tourism

Great Falls, MT Ranking Data