These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Montana For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Montana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Montana, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Baker.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Treasure State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 31 cities in Montana with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Montana for 2019:

  1. Baker (Photos | Homes)
  2. Colstrip (Photos | Homes)
  3. Columbus (Photos | Homes)
  4. Glendive (Photos | Homes)
  5. Miles City (Photos | Homes)
  6. Whitefish (Photos | Homes)
  7. Red Lodge (Photos | Homes)
  8. East Helena (Photos | Homes)
  9. Lewistown (Photos | Homes)
  10. Columbia Falls (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

For more reading on safe places to live and Montana, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Montana

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Montana.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 4 crimes committed in Baker which had a reported population of 2,029. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.002 which translates into a 1 in 507 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 31 of the biggest cities in Montana to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 31 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Montana".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Baker. The most dangerous city in Montana? Polson, where residents had a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Baker, MT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 2,029
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 98 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 98 (1st safest)
More on Baker: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Colstrip, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 2,326
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 42 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 515 (3rd safest)
More on Colstrip: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbus, MT
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,050
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 48 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,073 (4th safest)
More on Columbus: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Glendive, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,402
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 148 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,777 (7th safest)
More on Glendive: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Miles City, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,690
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 103 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,829 (9th safest)
More on Miles City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Whitefish, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 7,446
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,027 (12th safest)
More on Whitefish: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Red Lodge, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,256
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 265 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,817 (8th safest)
More on Red Lodge: PhotosReal Estate | Data

East Helena, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 2,084
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 239 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,015 (11th safest)
More on East Helena: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lewistown, MT
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 5,860
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 392 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,416 (5th safest)
More on Lewistown: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbia Falls, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 5,337
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 149 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,585 (19th safest)
More on Columbia Falls: PhotosReal Estate | Data

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Treasure State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Baker is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Montana residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Montana according to the data:

  1. Polson
  2. Havre
  3. Helena
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Montana For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Baker, MT 2,029 98 98
2 Colstrip, MT 2,326 42 515
3 Columbus, MT 2,050 48 1,073
4 Glendive, MT 5,402 148 1,777
5 Miles City, MT 8,690 103 1,829
6 Whitefish, MT 7,446 161 2,027
7 Red Lodge, MT 2,256 265 1,817
8 East Helena, MT 2,084 239 2,015
9 Lewistown, MT 5,860 392 1,416
10 Columbia Falls, MT 5,337 149 2,585
11 Dillon, MT 4,277 490 444
12 Glasgow, MT 3,379 414 1,538
13 Belgrade, MT 8,393 285 2,156
14 Livingston, MT 7,470 254 2,476
15 Bozeman, MT 46,728 278 2,446
16 Laurel, MT 6,887 217 2,628
17 Conrad, MT 2,544 393 2,122
18 Libby, MT 2,684 298 2,570
19 Ronan City, MT 2,036 196 3,781
20 Deer Lodge, MT 2,968 303 2,594
21 Sidney, MT 6,814 836 1,907
22 Kalispell, MT 23,243 309 3,428
23 Cut Bank, MT 3,031 560 2,375
24 Hamilton, MT 4,739 464 3,334
25 Wolf Point, MT 2,840 492 2,992
26 Great Falls, MT 59,167 415 5,109
27 Missoula, MT 73,304 480 4,559
28 Billings, MT 111,317 493 5,458
29 Helena, MT 31,668 685 4,250
30 Havre, MT 9,900 959 4,050
31 Polson, MT 4,821 601 6,367

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