Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Billings and Missoula, while others want peace and quiet like in Glendive and Lewistown, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Montana have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Treasure State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Montana for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bozeman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kalispell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Belgrade (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Whitefish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Billings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Missoula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Havre (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Sidney, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Montana are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Treasure State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 16 Montana cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Treasure State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 6,407 Population 2010: 5,052
Growth Rate: 26.82%
Absolute Growth: 1,355
More on Sidney: Homes For Sale | Data
Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10 mi (16 km) away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.
Population: 41,761 Population 2010: 36,440
Growth Rate: 14.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,321
More on Bozeman: Homes For Sale | Data
Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana’s statistical areas.
Population: 21,619 Population 2010: 19,298
Growth Rate: 12.03%
Absolute Growth: 2,321
More on Kalispell: Homes For Sale | Data
Kalispell (kæl spl, kæl spl) is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
Population: 30,102 Population 2010: 27,672
Growth Rate: 8.78%
Absolute Growth: 2,430
More on Helena: Homes For Sale | Data
Helena /hln/ is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.
Population: 6,859 Population 2010: 6,352
Growth Rate: 7.98%
Absolute Growth: 507
More on Whitefish: Homes For Sale | Data
Whitefish (Salish: epxyu, “has 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.
Population: 109,089 Population 2010: 101,549
Growth Rate: 7.42%
Absolute Growth: 7,540
More on Billings: Homes For Sale | Data
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.
Population: 70,117 Population 2010: 65,383
Growth Rate: 7.24%
Absolute Growth: 4,734
More on Missoula: Homes For Sale | Data
Missoula /mzul/ ( listen) is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the “hub of five valleys”. In 2016[update], the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook Great Falls as Montana’s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.
Population: 9,815 Population 2010: 9,261
Growth Rate: 5.98%
Absolute Growth: 554
More on Havre: Homes For Sale | Data
Havre (/hævr/ HAV-r) is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Montana are led by Sidney which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Montana reading, check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Montana
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