When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But 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.
But where exactly in Montana? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
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 2018:
- Conrad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Libby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Deer Lodge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stevensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hamilton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lewistown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dillon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Treasure State
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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’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.
4. Deer Lodge
Population: 5,868Median Rent: $676
Distance to Closest Airport: 116 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,993
More on Lewistown: Homes For Sale | Data
The area that is now Lewistown was once the territory of the Blackfoot Native Americans. In 1874, Fort Lewis was established there by Company ‘F’ of the 7th U.S. Infantry to provide military protection for people traveling on the Carroll Trail, then the shortest route between Carroll, Montana and Helena. Lewistown is named after this fort.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:
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