When you think about life in Montana, images of vast plains, dense forests, and majestic mountains probably come to mind. But, while Montana certainly has plenty of nature to go around, it is also home to one of the country's most livable cities - Great Falls. Great Falls, MT is one of those truly unique cities that has the ability to offer big city conveniences without sacrificing any small town charm. It has a population of over 58,000, making it the state's third largest city, and it's the county seat of Cascade County. Known as the "Electric City" for its hydroelectric dam, Great Falls is a progressive-minded city where local history, art, and culture are still revered. Whether it's a downtown apartment, a river-side condo, or a single-family home with a stunning view, you'll find the perfect place to live in beautiful Great Falls, MT.
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Great Falls was founded in 1883 after businessman Paris Gibson visited the area to see the Great Falls of the Missouri River. Gibson envisioned a major metropolitan city built near the Falls that could be powered by hydroelectricity. Today, the city of Great Falls has a bustling economy and a diverse population, in part due to it being the home to Malmstrom Air Force Base and the 341st Missile Wing. A wide array of jobs can be found in the healthcare, retail, construction, and service fields. With an outstanding public school system and several colleges and universities in the area, like the University of Great Falls, Great Falls College Montana State University, and others, the city offers a complete educational program for students. Public transportation is readily available in Great Falls, thanks to the Great Falls Transit District. The GFTI offers several bus routes designed to meet the needs of Great Falls' residents.
Great Falls offers its residents a wealth of attractions and amenities. It has over 57 parks and 40 miles of River's Edge Trail set along the scenic Missouri River. It has summer concerts in Gibson Park, a skate park, a dog park, and four golf courses. It's also filled with endless opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and kayaking. And, Glacier Park and Yellowstone National Park are both just a few hours away for even more outdoor fun. For lovers of history or the arts, Great Falls has the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, the Mansfield Center for Performing Arts, the C.M. Russell Museum, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Great Falls is also home to the Montana State Fair and Western Art Week, which is regarded by Frommer's as one of the best Western auctions in the United States.