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:
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:
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- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Montana
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.
- 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.
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.
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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