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Bozeman, Montana Ranked #5 ‘Most Dynamic Micropolitan’

Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Categories: Choose Montana

Hiking near Bozeman, Montana.

A recent report by the Walton Family Foundation ranks Bozeman, Montana as one of the top micropolitan areas in the United States.

Bozeman solidified its number five spot on a list of 531 because of its world-class access to outdoor recreation, tourism opportunities, and high-tech industry growth.

“Bozeman, Montana, is another example of how a community can build upon strength in tourism and recreation by supporting other clusters critical to its success. Bozeman has a photonics/optics cluster (over 30 firms in total) and is among the national leaders in concentration. Montana State University faculty and graduates founded most of the firms as the university has nationally recognized research expertise in this area. To support its biotechnology sector, Montana State recruited an internationally known stem cell scientist from Stanford to become Vice President for Research and Development.” – Walton Family Foundation

Located in southwest Montana, Bozeman is a charming and vibrant town of about 46,000 residents. The community is nestled among towering mountain peaks and is home to the headwaters of the Missouri River. It’s also home to Montana State University. Bozeman is less than 90 miles from Yellowstone National Park, it boasts two nearby ski resorts (Bridger Bowl, Big Sky), and is surrounded by public land accessible for recreating.

The report says a majority of the top 20 “Most Dynamic Micropolitan” areas were selected because of their unique combination of access to outdoor recreation opportunities and a focus on economic diversification.

Read the full report here.


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