There's a reason Bozeman is considered a "dream town" and lauded by many for offering high quality of life. When you fly in over the Bridger Range or drive into the Gallatin Valley and find yourself surrounded by mountains, it's easy to understand why people want to live, work and play here. Add the cultural amenities of a local symphony and museums, the vibrancy of a college community and an energetic downtown, Bozeman is the complete package.
Population: 45,250 people (2017 Census estimates)
Average daytime high: January 35ºF / July 83ºF
Annual Snowfall: 86 inches in town
Bozeman averages 300 days of sunshine. Due to the dry climate, summers are pleasant with warm days and cool nights. Mild winter weather is not unusual, and more than a week of consistently frigid weather is rare.
Money: Best Places to Live (2017)
National Geographic: World's 25 best Ski Towns (2012)
Bloomberg: The Best Places to Raise Your Kids (2012)
New York Post: The Best Place to Live in the U.S. (2016)
Outside: Best Towns (2013)
The Bozeman area has something for everyone, from the Sweet Pea Arts Festival for art lovers and The Rut mountain race for runners to Yellowstone National Park's spectacular wildlife viewing, world-class fly fishing in our local rivers, and incredible skiing just 20 minutes from the MSU campus.
One of MSU's greatest assets is its location. Bozeman is known as one of the top towns for outdoor recreation and high quality of life in the country; just look at its top rankings in magazines like Outside, National Geographic Adventurer, Powder Magazine and Fly Rod and Reel.