Great Falls, MT

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Great Falls, MT

About Great Falls, MT

Great Falls, Montana is an incredible city located in Cascade County. With its spectacular natural beauty, outdoor activities and unique attractions, Great Falls offers something for everyone. Explore the great outdoors by taking part in its many hiking and biking trails, or explore its rich culture and history at local museums and monuments. Whether you're looking for a day trip or a longer escape, Great Falls makes the perfect destination. From stunning landscapes to delicious restaurants and alluring events, Great Falls will provide the perfect getaway! Small town - North-central Montana along the upper Missouri River.

State: Montana
County: Cascade County
Metro Area: Great Falls Metro Area
City: Great Falls
Zip Codes: 59405 59404 59401
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Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Elevation: 3670 ft above sea level

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.

Downtown is clean and attractive with a nice partially redeveloped Missouri River waterfront. The Malmstrom 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 degrees 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.

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Great Falls Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, pleasant summers, and small-town atmosphere make Great Falls a great place to live.

-26.0% lower than avg
-29.9% lower than avg
$777 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-47.7% lower than avg
Great Falls Crime
65.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Great Falls
   Nearby mountains
Harsh winters
   Pleasant summers
   Small-town atmosphere
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Over 2 years ago

I grew up here. The lack of educational opportunities and adequate work opportunities made it extremely difficult to thrive. Upon leaving to the nearest metropolitan  More

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Please do not move to Great Falls if you are a liberal. Don't make a great red place go blue and ruin one of the last best unspoiled country places not yet destroyed by  More

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Over 3 years ago

I lived in Great Falls from 2012-2015 and could not leave fast enough! We lived near the downtown area (which you think would be nice with a $1200/month rent...) where  More

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