These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Montana For 2019


We analyzed over 29 places in Montana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Montana.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Montana.

Where exactly in Montana is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Conrad as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Montana that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Conrad don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Treasure State to retire for 2019:

Why did Conrad take the top spot? And where are Billings and Missoula?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Montana state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Treasure State for 2019

To create our list of the best places in Montana to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Treasure State — 362 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 2,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 29 places from across the state.

For these 29, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 29, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Conrad, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Conrad, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,587
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $671
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Conrad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glasgow, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,363
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 26)
Median Rent: $506
Distance to Closest Airport: 137 miles
More on Glasgow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Libby, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,674
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $564
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Libby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Deer Lodge, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,062
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $530
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
More on Deer Lodge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Stevensville, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,016
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $721
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Stevensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendive, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,353
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $591
Distance to Closest Airport: 89 miles
More on Glendive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbus, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,208
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $623
Distance to Closest Airport: 162 miles
More on Columbus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hamilton, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,539
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $707
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
More on Hamilton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewistown, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,868
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $676
Distance to Closest Airport: 116 miles
More on Lewistown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. The population was 5,901 at the 2010 census. Lewistown is located in central Montana, the geographic center of the state, southeast of Great Falls. First planned in 1882, it was the site of an 1880s gold rush.

Dillon, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,214
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $615
Distance to Closest Airport: 136 miles
More on Dillon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Montana Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Montana goes to Conrad.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Billings
  2. Bozeman
  3. Belgrade

For more Montana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Montana

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Conrad 2,587 $671
2 Glasgow 3,363 $506
3 Libby 2,674 $564
4 Deer Lodge 3,062 $530
5 Stevensville 2,016 $721
6 Glendive 5,353 $591
7 Columbus 2,208 $623
8 Hamilton 4,539 $707
9 Lewistown 5,868 $676
10 Dillon 4,214 $615
11 Red Lodge 2,328 $873
12 Wolf Point 2,801 $611
13 Columbia Falls 4,960 $765
14 Livingston 7,210 $671
15 Cut Bank 2,993 $635
16 Great Falls 59,479 $642
17 Whitefish 6,859 $914
18 East Helena 2,286 $768
19 Colstrip 2,288 $685
20 Helena 30,102 $784
21 Sidney 6,407 $796
22 Havre 9,815 $603
23 Polson 4,674 $640
24 Laurel 6,931 $733
25 Kalispell 21,619 $770
26 Missoula 70,117 $772
27 Belgrade 7,874 $811
28 Bozeman 41,761 $901
29 Billings 109,089 $799

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