Safest Places to Live in Montana 2021

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Last Update: June 29, 2021 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 that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

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

20 Safest Places in Montana 2021

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Colstrip 2 271 2 0,88
2 Eureka 1 125 1 0,89
3 Glendive 4 964 5 1,01
4 Libby 2 750 4 1,45
5 Baker 1 928 3 1,56
6 Boulder 1 278 2 1,56
7 Dillon 4 276 8 1,87
8 Columbia Falls 5 695 11 1,93
9 Red Lodge 2 316 5 2,16
10 Deer Lodge 2 888 7 2,42
11 Miles City 8 393 22 2,62
12 Ennis 1 019 3 2,94
13 Hamilton 4 879 18 3,69
14 Manhattan 1 865 7 3,75
15 Belgrade 9 204 35 3,80
16 Missoula 75 422 310 4,11
17 Laurel 6 768 28 4,14
18 Kalispell 24 473 102 4,17
19 Glasgow 3 334 14 4,20
20 Stevensville 2 051 9 4,39

Crime Score in All Cities in Montana 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at 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:
1 Hot Springs 570 0 0,00
2 Bridger 760 0 0,00
3 Colstrip 2 271 2 0,88
4 Eureka 1 125 1 0,89
5 Troy 936 1 1,07
6 Libby 2 750 4 1,45
7 Baker 1 928 3 1,56
8 Boulder 1 278 2 1,56
9 Red Lodge 2 316 5 2,16
10 Deer Lodge 2 888 7 2,42
11 Ennis 1 019 3 2,94
12 Manhattan 1 865 7 3,75
13 Stevensville 2 051 9 4,39
14 East Helena 2 098 11 5,24
15 West Yellowstone 1 396 8 5,73
16 Ronan City 2 113 19 8,99
17 Wolf Point 2 761 26 9,42

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Glendive 4 964 5 1,01
2 Dillon 4 276 8 1,87
3 Columbia Falls 5 695 11 1,93
4 Miles City 8 393 22 2,62
5 Hamilton 4 879 18 3,69
6 Belgrade 9 204 35 3,80
7 Laurel 6 768 28 4,14
8 Glasgow 3 334 14 4,20
9 Sidney 6 376 30 4,71
10 Polson 5 075 26 5,12
11 Cut Bank 3 038 36 11,85

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank: City: Population: Total Number of Crimes: Crime Score:
1 Missoula 75 422 310 4,11
2 Kalispell 24 473 102 4,17
3 Great Falls 58 637 302 5,15
4 Helena 32 806 190 5,79

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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