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Missoula County is a county located in the State of Montana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 109,426, making it the second-most
populous county in Montana. Its county seat and largest city is Missoula. The county was founded in 1860.
Missoula County comprises the Missoula, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Supposedly a contraction of the Flathead word, "im-i-sul-e-etiku", meaning "by or near the place of fear or ambush", a reference to Hell Gate Canyon, in which Flathead Native Americans were sometimes attacked by Blackfeet
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Missoula County was created 2 February 1865 as an original county. County seat: Missoula
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,618 square miles (6,781 km2), of which, 2,598 square miles (6,729 km2) of it is land and 20 square miles (53 km2) of it (0.78%) is water.
Five large valleys and two major rivers wind through this mountainous region.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Missoula County is home to 18 school districts (13 Elementary, 2 Secondary, and 3 Unified)
Missoula County is home to the University of Montana and the University of Montana College of Technology.