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Safest Places to Live in Montana ( 2017 Updated ! )

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.

The violent crime rate in Montana increased significantly in the period from 2015 to 2016 – as much as 5.3%, which is 4.2% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. 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 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Eureka 1,078 0 0.00
2 Dillon 4,224 3 0.71
3 Chinook 1,233 1 0.81
4 Colstrip 2,359 2 0.85
5 East Helena 2,065 2 0.97
6 Columbia Falls 5,175 6 1.16
7 Manhattan 1,656 2 1.21
8 Fort Benton 1,459 2 1.37
9 Laurel 6,986 10 1.43
10 Baker 2,063 3 1.45
11 Glasgow 3,442 6 1.74
12 Glendive 5,608 10 1.78
13 Whitefish 7,226 14 1.94
14 Miles City 8,878 18 2.03
15 West Yellowstone 1,353 3 2.22
16 Livingston 7,364 17 2.31
17 Conrad 2,594 6 2.31
18 Great Falls 59,717 162 2.71
19 Belgrade 8,146 24 2.95
20 Thompson Falls 1,334 4 3.00

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Montana

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, 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 Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Eureka 1,078 0 0.00
2 Bridger 733 0 0.00
3 Chinook 1,233 1 0.81
4 Colstrip 2,359 2 0.85
5 East Helena 2,065 2 0.97
6 Manhattan 1,656 2 1.21
7 Fort Benton 1,459 2 1.37
8 Baker 2,063 3 1.45
9 West Yellowstone 1,353 3 2.22
10 Conrad 2,594 6 2.31
11 Thompson Falls 1,334 4 3.00
12 Libby 2,646 8 3.02
13 Hot Springs 548 2 3.65
14 St. Ignatius 820 3 3.66
15 Columbus 2,072 8 3.86
16 Red Lodge 2,242 9 4.01
17 Troy 876 4 4.57
18 Stevensville 1,940 9 4.64
19 Plains 1,053 5 4.75
20 Boulder 1,213 7 5.77
21 Deer Lodge 2,938 18 6.13
22 Ronan City 1,998 13 6.51
23 Wolf Point 2,901 21 7.24

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Dillon 4,224 3 0.71
2 Columbia Falls 5,175 6 1.16
3 Laurel 6,986 10 1.43
4 Glasgow 3,442 6 1.74
5 Glendive 5,608 10 1.78
6 Whitefish 7,226 14 1.94
7 Miles City 8,878 18 2.03
8 Livingston 7,364 17 2.31
9 Belgrade 8,146 24 2.95
10 Hamilton 4,659 17 3.65
11 Sidney 7,190 29 4.03
12 Havre 9,896 67 6.77
13 Lewistown 5,863 41 6.99
14 Cut Bank 3,023 24 7.94
15 Polson 4,744 39 8.22

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Kalispell 22,470 91 4.05

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Great Falls 59,717 162 2.71
2 Bozeman 44,739 148 3.31
3 Billings 111,447 514 4.61
4 Missoula 71,860 377 5.25
5 Helena 31,052 203 6.54

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of 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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