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.
Why did Conrad take the top spot? And where are
Billings and Missoula?
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.
For Montana state reading:
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Median Rent: $671
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
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Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 26)
Median Rent: $506
Distance to Closest Airport: 137 miles
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Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $564
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
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Review Of Libby
I have lived in Libby for years. I have just been told I have COPD, go figure. Our founding fathers should have known that W.R. Grace was a bad idea. It is unfortunate that for reasons unknown our current fathers keep getting duped by out of state companies. If it’s to good to be true, then it is. One misstep after another has plagued the City for years. Out of state folks coming into our area with the big bucks has ruined the average newly wed couple who works at Pizza Hut from buying a home.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $530
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
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Review Of Deer Lodge
Wonderful pictures! Yep this is my home and my roots! From Deer Lodge! Thank you for sharing!
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $721
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
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Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $591
Distance to Closest Airport: 89 miles
More on Glendive: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Rent: $623
Distance to Closest Airport: 162 miles
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Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $707
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
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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.
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Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $615
Distance to Closest Airport: 136 miles
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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
Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
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.
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:
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