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Overview
Population:58,498
Pop. Change:5%
State: Montana
Metro Area: Great Falls Metro Area
County: Cascade County
City:Great Falls
Zip Code:59405, 59404, ... 3 total
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Great Falls's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Great Falls Metro Area

Profile: Small town

Location: North-central Montana along the upper Missouri River

Elevation: 3670

Time zone: Mountain Standard Time

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Nearby mountainsHarsh winters
Pleasant summersIsolation
Small-town atmosphereArts & culture

Great Falls is an agricultural and commercial center located at the foot of the Rockies and the western terminus of the Great Plains. The wilderness of the Lewis and Clark National Forest to the west and Glacier National Park to the northwest provides excellent recreational opportunities. Helena, the state capital, lies 90 miles to the south. The area is quiet and attractive, but is isolated geographically and doesn’t benefit from the tourism that bolsters the economy of other Montana cities. Current employment is steady but future growth projections are only moderate. Downtown is clean and attractive with a nice partially redeveloped Missouri River waterfront. The Malstrom Air Force Base and other national defense installations provide some employment, and there are a few small manufacturers and a new call center. The area does feature attractive housing prices for a Western city.

The city is located along the main stem of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Sun River in a valley surrounded by plateaus and hills. Except to the north and northeast, it is encircled by mountain ranges. The climate is semiarid continental with significant topographic effects. Summertime is pleasant, with cool nights; moderately warm, sunny days; and little hot, humid weather. Winters are not as cold as might be expected for the location because of warming, downslope winds from the mountains, which can raise temperatures by 40[dg]F in 24 hours. While sub-zero weather is common, the coldest weather seldom lasts more than a few days, and snow rarely lingers. Cold polar air also invades quickly causing sharp temperature drops. Late spring and early summer are the wettest with a few summer thunderstorms. Freezing temperatures normally occur any time of year except July and August.

Interesting Facts about Great_Falls, Montana

As of 2014, Great Falls's population is 58,498 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.72 percent.

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The median home cost in Great Falls is $152,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.20 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Great Falls's cost of living is 1.40% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Great Falls public schools spend $9,997 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 11.5 students per teacher in Great Falls.

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The unemployment rate in Great Falls is 3.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Great Falls jobs have Increased by 1.80 percent.


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Map Of Great_Falls

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Average Commute time is 14 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Great Falls's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes