Top 15 Safest Cities In Montana For 2018

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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 Colstrip.

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 30 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 2018:

  1. Colstrip (Photos | Homes)
  2. East Helena (Photos | Homes)
  3. Dillon (Photos | Homes)
  4. Baker (Photos | Homes)
  5. Glasgow (Photos | Homes)
  6. Laurel (Photos | Homes)
  7. Columbia Falls (Photos | Homes)
  8. Conrad (Photos | Homes)
  9. Glendive (Photos | Homes)
  10. Miles City (Photos | Homes)
  11. Columbus (Photos | Homes)
  12. Whitefish (Photos | Homes)
  13. Red Lodge (Photos | Homes)
  14. Belgrade (Photos | Homes)
  15. Livingston (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Montana, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Montana

Safest Cities in Montana Graph

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 2017) 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 15 crimes committed in Colstrip which had a reported population of 2,359. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0064 which translates into a 1 in 157 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 2016. This left us with a total of 30 of the biggest cities in Montana to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 30 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 Colstrip. The most dangerous city in Montana? Polson, where residents had a 1 in 12 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.

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

Population: 2,359
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 84 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 551 (1st safest)
More on Colstrip: PhotosReal Estate | Data

East Helena, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 2,065
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 96 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 871 (4th safest)
More on East Helena: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Dillon, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 4,224
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 923 (6th safest)
More on Dillon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Baker, MT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 2,063
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 145 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 581 (2nd safest)
More on Baker: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Glasgow, MT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,442
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 174 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 668 (3rd safest)
More on Glasgow: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Laurel, MT
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 6,986
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 143 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,104 (12th safest)
More on Laurel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census. Columbia Falls, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 5,175
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 115 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,280 (14th safest)
More on Columbia Falls: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Columbia Falls is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 4,710 at the 2010 census Conrad, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 231 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,233 (7th safest)
More on Conrad: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Glendive, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,608
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,925 (11th safest)
More on Glendive: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Miles City, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,878
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 202 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,881 (10th safest)
More on Miles City: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.
Columbus, MT
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 2,072
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 386 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 916 (5th safest)
More on Columbus: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Whitefish, MT
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 7,226
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 193 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,615 (17th safest)
More on Whitefish: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census. It is home to a ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort. Red Lodge, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 2,242
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 401 (19th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,739 (9th safest)
More on Red Lodge: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Belgrade, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,146
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 294 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,406 (15th safest)
More on Belgrade: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Livingston, MT
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,364
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 230 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,449 (20th safest)
More on Livingston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Colstrip 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. Missoula
  3. Kalispell
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Montana For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Colstrip, MT 2,359 84 551
2 East Helena, MT 2,065 96 871
3 Dillon, MT 4,224 71 923
4 Baker, MT 2,063 145 581
5 Glasgow, MT 3,442 174 668
6 Laurel, MT 6,986 143 2,104
7 Columbia Falls, MT 5,175 115 2,280
8 Conrad, MT 2,594 231 1,233
9 Glendive, MT 5,608 178 1,925
10 Miles City, MT 8,878 202 1,881
11 Columbus, MT 2,072 386 916
12 Whitefish, MT 7,226 193 2,615
13 Red Lodge, MT 2,242 401 1,739
14 Belgrade, MT 8,146 294 2,406
15 Livingston, MT 7,364 230 3,449
16 Sidney, MT 7,190 403 2,127
17 Lewistown, MT 5,863 699 1,296
18 Bozeman, MT 44,739 330 2,805
19 Libby, MT 2,646 302 3,741
20 Great Falls, MT 59,717 271 4,929
21 Hamilton, MT 4,659 364 3,927
22 Wolf Point, MT 2,901 723 2,447
23 Helena, MT 31,052 653 3,874
24 Cut Bank, MT 3,023 793 2,646
25 Billings, MT 111,447 461 4,680
26 Havre, MT 9,896 677 3,910
27 Deer Lodge, MT 2,938 612 4,118
28 Kalispell, MT 22,470 404 5,732
29 Missoula, MT 71,860 524 5,233
30 Polson, MT 4,744 822 6,913

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