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Missoula is located in western Montana, about 45 miles from the border with Idaho. It is the largest city in western Montana and the second largest city in the state behind Billings. It also is home to the University of Montana. Missoula has a population of about 70,000 people, with a metropolitan population of about 112,000. Notable cities in the area include Kalispell, Hamilton, Whitefish, Polson, Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Thompson Falls, Corvallis, and Lakeside.
For a city of its size, Missoula has a fairly large banking industry. There are 16 banks and eight credit unions with their headquarters in the Missoula area. Notable institutions include Glacier Bank, Community Bank, Whitefish Credit Union Association, Missoula Federal Credit Union, and TrailWest Bank. The oldest bank with headquarters in the area that is still operating today is Farmers State Bank, which was established in 1907. Altogether, including other banks operating in the area that have their headquarters elsewhere, there are more than 30 banks and 10 credit unions with a total of approximately190 branches operating in the Missoula area.