You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Montana, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Treasure State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Montana based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.
We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Montana ranked the based–you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Montana for 2018:
- King Arthur Park (Homes For Sale)
- Montana City (Homes For Sale)
- Four Corners (Homes For Sale)
- Scobey (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Helena Valley Northwest (Homes For Sale)
- Colstrip (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clancy (Homes For Sale)
- Plentywood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gardiner (Homes For Sale)
If you live in one of these small towns like King Arthur Park, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.
For more reading on the Treasure State check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Montana
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Montana
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Montana
How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Montana
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 62 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 62, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Montana. Top of that list — King Arthur Park.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Montana.
1. King Arthur Park
2. Montana City
3. Four Corners
6. Helena Valley Northwest
11. Helena Valley Northeast
12. East Helena
14. Big Timber
15. Columbia Falls
16. Three Forks
17. Red Lodge
19. West Glendive
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Montana are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Montana:
- Fort Belknap Agency
- North Browning
For more Montana reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Montana
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Montana
- 10 Safest Places In Montana
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Montana
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Montana
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Montana
|1||King Arthur Park||1,137|
|6||Helena Valley Northwest||3,967|
|11||Helena Valley Northeast||3,154|
|23||Helena West Side||1,242|
|61||Fort Belknap Agency||1,375|