These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Montana
We used data and science to determine the places in Montana where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Montana is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Treasure State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 15 places in Montana with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
How we calculated the safest cities in Montana
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 (2014). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 13 crimes committed in Livingston which had a reported population of 7,164. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00181 which translates into a 1 in 551 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 15 places in Montana to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 15 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Livingston. The most dangerous? Billings, where residents had a 1 in 1451 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.
Population: 7,164Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 4
Population: 6,540Property Crime Rank: 14Violent Crime Rank: 17
Population: 5,900Property Crime Rank: 13Violent Crime Rank: 35
Population: 40,525Property Crime Rank: 29Violent Crime Rank: 16
Population: 7,113Property Crime Rank: 21Violent Crime Rank: 34
6. Miles City
Population: 8,707Property Crime Rank: 26Violent Crime Rank: 26
Population: 7,677Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 24
Population: 5,479Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 20
Population: 6,725Property Crime Rank: 34Violent Crime Rank: 29
Population: 69,674Property Crime Rank: 40Violent Crime Rank: 30
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Livingston is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Montana residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Montana:3rd Most Dangerous: Havre 2nd Most Dangerous: Helena Most Dangerous: Billings
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Montana