These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Montana


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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:

  1. Sidney
  2. Bozeman
  3. Kalispell
  4. Glendive
  5. Billings
  6. Helena
  7. Belgrade
  8. Missoula
  9. Havre
  10. Laurel

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 17 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,888
Population 2010: 5,052
Growth Rate: 16.55%
Absolute Growth: 836

2. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,123
Population 2010: 36,440
Growth Rate: 7.36%
Absolute Growth: 2,683

3. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,629
Population 2010: 19,298
Growth Rate: 6.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,331

4. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,167
Population 2010: 4,899
Growth Rate: 5.47%
Absolute Growth: 268

5. Billings

Billings, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,979
Population 2010: 101,549
Growth Rate: 5.35%
Absolute Growth: 5,430

6. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,142
Population 2010: 27,672
Growth Rate: 5.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,470

7. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,625
Population 2010: 7,281
Growth Rate: 4.72%
Absolute Growth: 344

8. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,377
Population 2010: 65,383
Growth Rate: 4.58%
Absolute Growth: 2,994

9. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,668
Population 2010: 9,261
Growth Rate: 4.39%
Absolute Growth: 407

10. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,887
Population 2010: 6,620
Growth Rate: 4.03%
Absolute Growth: 267

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Montana are led by Sidney which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Montana

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sidney 1 5,888 5,052 836 16.5%
Bozeman 2 39,123 36,440 2,683 7.4%
Kalispell 3 20,629 19,298 1,331 6.9%
Glendive 4 5,167 4,899 268 5.5%
Billings 5 106,979 101,549 5,430 5.3%
Helena 6 29,142 27,672 1,470 5.3%
Belgrade 7 7,625 7,281 344 4.7%
Missoula 8 68,377 65,383 2,994 4.6%
Havre 9 9,668 9,261 407 4.4%
Laurel 10 6,887 6,620 267 4.0%
Whitefish 11 6,542 6,352 190 3.0%
Miles City 12 8,553 8,308 245 2.9%
Great Falls 13 59,017 57,873 1,144 2.0%
Butte-Silver Bow 14 33,481 32,861 620 1.9%
Livingston 15 7,086 7,094 -8 -0.1%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 16 9,243 9,270 -27 -0.3%
Lewistown 17 5,879 5,954 -75 -1.3%

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