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Families are important to the Treasure State, and HomeSnacks is here to tell you just how important. You can't have strong families without great infrastructure, so we set out to determine where Montana's strongest family oriented places are located. And lucky for you, this quest led us to create a list of Montana's most family friendly places for 2020.
How did we determine Montana's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in Big Sky Country with more than 2,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 26 family friendly Montana places.
We discovered that Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States, but the eighth least populated. We think that's all the more reason to have your family live in one of Montana's family friendly places: there's plenty of mountain ranges and prairies for your kids to run, and there's plenty of opportunity to make a difference. We also determined that there are places in Montana for every type of family. There are hip mommy and daddy towns like Bozeman, cool cowboy/cowgirl towns like Hamilton, and towns like Whitefish for families that like to ski and snowboard.
Speaking of family friendly amenities, in Montana, the big sky's the limit. You can have your family camping in the Kootenai National Forest just outside of Libby and swimming on the Bigfork side of Flathead Lake all in the same weekend. That's a Montana family win!
To learn more about our methodology and to see why Montana's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.
These are the best cities to raise a family in Montana for 2020:
- Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dillon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stevensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Deer Lodge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kalispell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Libby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wolf Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Red Lodge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
What do 260,000 families already know in Montana? They know that the state has great schools, great jobs, and tons of family friendly activities to keep their families happy, healthy, and entertained. And this is most evident in Montana's number one best place for families for 2020, Glendive.
To see how your favorite place in Montana compared, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.
Check out some more reading about Montana and the best places for families in the country:
- Best Places To Live In Montana
- Cheapest Places To Live In Montana
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Montana For 2020
Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell's population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
How do you determine which place is best for families in Montana anyways?
To give you the places in Montana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Treasure State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Montana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Montana, that meant a total of 26 cities. You can download the data here.
There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Montana
If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Montana ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
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|4||Deer Lodge, MT||2,976|
|9||Wolf Point, MT||2,799|
|10||Red Lodge, MT||2,277|