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.

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:

Conrad, MT

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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

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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

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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

Review Of Libby by HomeSnacks User

The crime in Libby is no different from many towns and cities across this nation. M**h, Alcohol are the major problems, some of this is driven by lack of employment opportunities. I live in Libby, and I absolutely love it here. Yes it has been given a bad name due to the superfund cleanup of asbestos, but most of the people I know have never had asbestos related cancer or any other issues from the mine that was once here. The people here were, and still are, hard working and loving people. That’s much more than can be said of places like Missoula, Bozeman, and other big cities in Montana. Libby is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The schools are good and you don’t have to worry about the kids being shot or kidnapped like you do in other areas. HomeSnacks can only give you raw data, you have to live in a place before you can TRULY rate it!

I love the Kootenai River, the Kootenai River Falls, and the Cabinet Mountains. If you like hiking into some of the most beautiful scenery in this country, Libby has it all! I ride the trails on my horse and it’s just short of being in heaven, if you can imagine what that’ll be like! It’s so easy to get on the river and fish with no one around to crowd you, it’s absolutely bliss!

Deer Lodge, MT

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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

Review Of Deer Lodge by HomeSnacks User

Wonderful pictures! Yep this is my home and my roots! From Deer Lodge! Thank you for sharing!

Stevensville, MT

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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.

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

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Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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