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Safest Places to Live in Montana 2020

EPF Last Update: June 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Chinook 1256 0 0,00
2 Baker 1960 2 1,02
3 Libby 2698 3 1,11
4 Whitefish 7801 9 1,15
5 Columbia Falls 5456 8 1,47
6 Colstrip 2324 4 1,72
7 Miles City 8496 17 2,00
8 Fort Benton 1450 3 2,07
9 Glendive 5132 11 2,14
10 Bozeman 48101 104 2,16
11 Laurel 6800 15 2,21
12 Belgrade 8724 20 2,29
13 Deer Lodge 2902 7 2,41
14 Columbus 2046 5 2,44
15 Red Lodge 2310 6 2,60
16 West Yellowstone 1379 4 2,90
17 Kalispell 23700 72 3,04
18 Eureka 1106 4 3,62
19 Dillon 4281 16 3,74
20 East Helena 2075 8 3,86

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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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Hot Springs 565 0 0,00
2 Bridger 760 0 0,00
3 St. Ignatius 838 0 0,00
4 Ennis 936 0 0,00
5 Chinook 1256 0 0,00
6 Baker 1960 2 1,02
7 Libby 2698 3 1,11
8 Colstrip 2324 4 1,72
9 Fort Benton 1450 3 2,07
10 Deer Lodge 2902 7 2,41
11 Columbus 2046 5 2,44
12 Red Lodge 2310 6 2,60
13 West Yellowstone 1379 4 2,90
14 Troy 907 3 3,31
15 Eureka 1106 4 3,62
16 East Helena 2075 8 3,86
17 Plains 1101 5 4,54
18 Wolf Point 2782 14 5,03
19 Thompson Falls 1386 7 5,05
20 Stevensville 2011 12 5,97
21 Ronan City 2110 17 8,06
22 Manhattan 1787 15 8,39

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Whitefish 7801 9 1,15
2 Columbia Falls 5456 8 1,47
3 Miles City 8496 17 2,00
4 Glendive 5132 11 2,14
5 Laurel 6800 15 2,21
6 Belgrade 8724 20 2,29
7 Dillon 4281 16 3,74
8 Havre 9821 39 3,97
9 Glasgow 3325 14 4,21
10 Hamilton 4794 21 4,38
11 Lewistown 5899 27 4,58
12 Livingston 7608 46 6,05
13 Sidney 6490 42 6,47
14 Polson 4928 40 8,12
15 Cut Bank 3013 25 8,30

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Bozeman 48101 104 2,16
2 Kalispell 23700 72 3,04
3 Missoula 74300 333 4,48
4 Billings 110397 598 5,42
5 Helena 31898 196 6,14

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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