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Safest Places to Live in Montana 2020

EPF Last Update: March 7, 2020

Montana is located in the northwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Canadian provinces British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewa. It has many nicknames, such as Big Sky Country, The Treasure State, Land of the Shining Mountains and The Last Best Place.

Montana is the fourth largest state by area, but it is also the seventh least populous and the third least densely populated of all the states. The capital of Montana is Helena, while the largest city is Billings, which has approximately 110,000 residents.

Montana has numerous mountain ranges, some of which are a part of the Rocky Mountains. However, you can also find a lot of prairie and badlands in this state. The economy of Montana relies on agriculture (ranching and farming), oil, gas, coal and hard rock mining, lumber and tourism. Montana is well known for its Yellowstone National Park, as well as Glacier National Park and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

In the period from 2016 to 2017, the violent crime rate in Montana increased by 1.9%, which is 0.8% per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 1,000.

20 Safest Places in Montana 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Chinook125600,00
2Baker196021,02
3Libby269831,11
4Whitefish780191,15
5Columbia Falls545681,47
6Colstrip232441,72
7Miles City8496172,00
8Fort Benton145032,07
9Glendive5132112,14
10Bozeman481011042,16
11Laurel6800152,21
12Belgrade8724202,29
13Deer Lodge290272,41
14Columbus204652,44
15Red Lodge231062,60
16West Yellowstone137942,90
17Kalispell23700723,04
18Eureka110643,62
19Dillon4281163,74
20East Helena207583,86

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Crime Score in All Cities in Montana 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Montana cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • Over 10,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Hot Springs56500,00
2Bridger76000,00
3St. Ignatius83800,00
4Ennis93600,00
5Chinook125600,00
6Baker196021,02
7Libby269831,11
8Colstrip232441,72
9Fort Benton145032,07
10Deer Lodge290272,41
11Columbus204652,44
12Red Lodge231062,60
13West Yellowstone137942,90
14Troy90733,31
15Eureka110643,62
16East Helena207583,86
17Plains110154,54
18Wolf Point2782145,03
19Thompson Falls138675,05
20Stevensville2011125,97
21Ronan City2110178,06
22Manhattan1787158,39

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Whitefish780191,15
2Columbia Falls545681,47
3Miles City8496172,00
4Glendive5132112,14
5Laurel6800152,21
6Belgrade8724202,29
7Dillon4281163,74
8Havre9821393,97
9Glasgow3325144,21
10Hamilton4794214,38
11Lewistown5899274,58
12Livingston7608466,05
13Sidney6490426,47
14Polson4928408,12
15Cut Bank3013258,30

Over 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Bozeman481011042,16
2Kalispell23700723,04
3Missoula743003334,48
4Billings1103975985,42
5Helena318981966,14

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

Thank you!

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