Safest Places to Live in Montana of April 2024

Last Update: March 11, 2023 Living

Montana is located in the northwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, 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. Montana’s capital 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. Montana’s economy 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, Glacier National Park, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those under 1,000 residents were not included in the list.

20 Safest Places in Montana of April 2024

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Colstrip2 27120,88
2Eureka1 12510,89
3Glendive4 96451,01
4Libby2 75041,45
5Baker1 92831,56
6Boulder1 27821,56
7Dillon4 27681,87
8Columbia Falls5 695111,93
9Red Lodge2 31652,16
10Deer Lodge2 88872,42
11Miles City8 393222,62
12Ennis1 01932,94
13Hamilton4 879183,69
14Manhattan1 86573,75
15Belgrade9 204353,80
16Missoula75 4223104,11
17Laurel6 768284,14
18Kalispell24 4731024,17
19Glasgow3 334144,20
20Stevensville2 05194,39

Crime Score in All Cities in Montana of April 2024

If your city didn’t make our list, you could see our full list of Montana cities.

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:
1Hot Springs57000,00
3Colstrip2 27120,88
4Eureka1 12510,89
6Libby2 75041,45
7Baker1 92831,56
8Boulder1 27821,56
9Red Lodge2 31652,16
10Deer Lodge2 88872,42
11Ennis1 01932,94
12Manhattan1 86573,75
13Stevensville2 05194,39
14East Helena2 098115,24
15West Yellowstone1 39685,73
16Ronan City2 113198,99
17Wolf Point2 761269,42

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Glendive4 96451,01
2Dillon4 27681,87
3Columbia Falls5 695111,93
4Miles City8 393222,62
5Hamilton4 879183,69
6Belgrade9 204353,80
7Laurel6 768284,14
8Glasgow3 334144,20
9Sidney6 376304,71
10Polson5 075265,12
11Cut Bank3 0383611,85

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank:City:Population:Total Number of Crimes:Crime Score:
1Missoula75 4223104,11
2Kalispell24 4731024,17
3Great Falls58 6373025,15
4Helena32 8061905,79

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? How safe do you feel?

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