Getting to Know Missoula’s Neighborhoods: Two Rivers
Missoula's community is based on neighborhoods and each neighborhood has its own uniqueness. The differences in each neighborhood are what make our city unique to Montana. Learning about each neighborhood has been interesting for me. It could be something as simple as the name of a neighborhood. There are official names of neighborhoods that unless you live in that neighborhood, you may think it is called something else. A neighborhood that I always thought was called the "Fort Missoula" or "Target Range" neighborhood, is actually called "Two Rivers".
In this series, we'll take a look at information from the City of Missoula's Neighborhood Profiles for each of Missoula's Neighborhoods, with all data cited below coming from the Neighborhood Profile. In this article, we'll look at the Two Rivers neighborhood.
Where is the Two Rivers Neighborhood?
The Two Rivers neighborhood is bordered by Reserve Street on the east, the Clark Fork River to the north, Clements Road to the west and the Bitterroot River to the south. There are two rivers that border the neighborhood, thus the name "Two Rivers".
Who Lives in the Two Rivers Neighborhood?
The Two Rivers neighborhood is made up of an older population than the median population of Missoula. The median population age for Missoula is 33.8 years old while Two Rivers' median population is 48.3 years old with the biggest percentage of population ages are between 55-64 years old. The growth in the population of this neighborhood has also kept up with the city average, both have grown 10% between 2010 and 2022. The median household income of $66,500 and median home price of $615,000 are both higher than Missoula's median income of $54,820 and median home price of $519,000. The rent in this neighborhood is also much higher than the median rent for Missoula at $1,129.
Key Features of the Two Rivers Neighborhood: Fort Missoula
Fort Missoula Regional Park borders this neighborhood. With the improvements to the park and with more and more events being held at the park, it is an integral part of not just the neighborhood, but Missoula as well. The Western Montana State Veteran's Cemetery is located in this neighborhood. There are other features of the neighborhood including four schools, Big Sky High School, C.S. Porter Middle School, Hawthorne Elementary, and Target Range School. The neighborhood also includes the Orchard Homes Community Gardens as well as the Northern Rockies Heritage Center located in the Historical Fort Missoula area. This neighborhood is also home to the Missoula County Big Sky park that has multiple baseball fields, including Linborg-Cregg Memorial Field where the Missoula Mavericks Legion baseball team plays home games.