These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Montana For 2018


We analyzed over 15 places in Montana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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 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:

  1. Conrad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Libby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Deer Lodge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Stevensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hamilton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lewistown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Dillon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 purely worst and best places to live in Montana.

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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.

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1. Conrad

Conrad, Montana

Population: 2,587
Median Rent: $671
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,468
More on Conrad: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Glasgow

Glasgow, Montana

Population: 3,363
Median Rent: $506
Distance to Closest Airport: 137 miles
Crime Per 100k: 862
More on Glasgow: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Libby

Libby, Montana

Source: Public domain’

Population: 2,674
Median Rent: $564
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,001
More on Libby: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge, Montana

Population: 3,062
Median Rent: $530
Distance to Closest Airport: 73 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,539
More on Deer Lodge: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Stevensville

Stevensville, Montana

Population: 2,016
Median Rent: $721
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,835
More on Stevensville: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Population: 5,353
Median Rent: $591
Distance to Closest Airport: 89 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,204
More on Glendive: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Columbus

Columbus, Montana

Population: 2,208
Median Rent: $623
Distance to Closest Airport: 162 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,222
More on Columbus: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Hamilton

Hamilton, Montana

Population: 4,539
Median Rent: $707
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,406
More on Hamilton: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Population: 5,868
Median 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.

10. Dillon

Dillon, Montana

Source: Public domain’

Population: 4,214
Median Rent: $615
Distance to Closest Airport: 136 miles
Crime Per 100k: 996
More on Dillon: Homes For Sale | Data

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:

  • Billings
  • Bozeman
  • Belgrade

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Montana

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Conrad 1 2,587 $671 54 1,468
Glasgow 2 3,363 $506 137 862
Libby 3 2,674 $564 59 4,001
Deer Lodge 4 3,062 $530 73 4,539
Stevensville 5 2,016 $721 28 1,835
Glendive 6 5,353 $591 89 2,204
Columbus 7 2,208 $623 162 1,222
Hamilton 8 4,539 $707 45 4,406
Lewistown 9 5,868 $676 116 1,993
Dillon 10 4,214 $615 136 996
Red Lodge 11 2,328 $873 187 2,061
Wolf Point 12 2,801 $611 92 3,284
Columbia Falls 13 4,960 $765 5 2,500
Livingston 14 7,210 $671 131 3,758
Cut Bank 15 2,993 $635 90 3,474
Great Falls 16 59,479 $642 3 5,222
Whitefish 17 6,859 $914 10 2,959
East Helena 18 2,286 $768 67 874
Colstrip 19 2,288 $685 206 655
Helena 20 30,102 $784 68 4,670
Sidney 21 6,407 $796 40 2,840
Havre 22 9,815 $603 107 4,625
Polson 23 4,674 $640 43 7,851
Laurel 24 6,931 $733 175 2,265
Kalispell 25 21,619 $770 7 6,378
Missoula 26 70,117 $772 5 5,901
Belgrade 27 7,874 $811 117 2,794
Bozeman 28 41,761 $901 125 3,359
Billings 29 109,089 $799 177 5,252

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