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Safest Places to Live in Montana ( 2018 Updated ! )

EPF Last Update: November 17, 2018

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

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2017. 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 2018

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Colstrip 2,326 1 0.43
2 Columbus 2,050 1 0.49
3 West Yellowstone 1,367 1 0.73
4 Thompson Falls 1,361 1 0.73
5 Eureka 1,092 1 0.92
6 Baker 2,029 2 0.99
7 Miles City 8,690 9 1.04
8 Manhattan 1,723 2 1.16
9 Fort Benton 1,455 2 1.37
10 Glendive 5,402 8 1.48
11 Columbia Falls 5,337 8 1.50
12 Whitefish 7,446 12 1.61
13 Ronan City 2,036 4 1.96
14 Laurel 6,887 15 2.18
15 East Helena 2,084 5 2.40
16 Chinook 1,238 3 2.42
17 Livingston 7,470 19 2.54
18 Red Lodge 2,256 6 2.66
19 Bozeman 46,728 130 2.78
20 Belgrade 8,393 24 2.86

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Crime Score in All Cities in Montana

In case your city didn’t make it to the 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 Fromberg 446 0 0.00
2 Colstrip 2,326 1 0.43
3 Columbus 2,050 1 0.49
4 West Yellowstone 1,367 1 0.73
5 Thompson Falls 1,361 1 0.73
6 Eureka 1,092 1 0.92
7 Baker 2,029 2 0.99
8 Ennis 900 1 1.11
9 Manhattan 1,723 2 1.16
10 Fort Benton 1,455 2 1.37
11 Ronan City 2,036 4 1.96
12 Troy 891 2 2.24
13 East Helena 2,084 5 2.40
14 Chinook 1,238 3 2.42
15 Red Lodge 2,256 6 2.66
16 Libby 2,684 8 2.98
17 Deer Lodge 2,968 9 3.03
18 St. Ignatius 827 3 3.63
19 Conrad 2,544 10 3.93
20 Stevensville 1,985 8 4.03
21 Boulder 1,239 5 4.04
22 Bridger 736 3 4.08
23 Plains 1,076 5 4.65
24 Wolf Point 2,840 14 4.93
25 Hot Springs 560 7 12.50

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Miles City 8,690 9 1.04
2 Glendive 5,402 8 1.48
3 Columbia Falls 5,337 8 1.50
4 Whitefish 7,446 12 1.61
5 Laurel 6,887 15 2.18
6 Livingston 7,470 19 2.54
7 Belgrade 8,393 24 2.86
8 Lewistown 5,860 23 3.92
9 Glasgow 3,379 14 4.14
10 Hamilton 4,739 22 4.64
11 Dillon 4,277 21 4.91
12 Cut Bank 3,031 17 5.61
13 Polson 4,821 29 6.02
14 Sidney 6,814 57 8.37
15 Havre 9,900 95 9.60

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Kalispell 23,243 72 3.10

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Bozeman 46,728 130 2.78
2 Great Falls 59,167 246 4.16
3 Missoula 73,304 352 4.80
4 Billings 111,317 549 4.93
5 Helena 31,668 217 6.85

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?

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