These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Montana For 2018


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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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Montana for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

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

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.

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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 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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Montana with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in montana

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1. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,407
Population 2010: 5,052
Growth Rate: 26.82%
Absolute Growth: 1,355

2. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,761
Population 2010: 36,440
Growth Rate: 14.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,321

3. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,619
Population 2010: 19,298
Growth Rate: 12.03%
Absolute Growth: 2,321

4. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,353
Population 2010: 4,899
Growth Rate: 9.27%
Absolute Growth: 454

5. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,102
Population 2010: 27,672
Growth Rate: 8.78%
Absolute Growth: 2,430

6. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,874
Population 2010: 7,281
Growth Rate: 8.14%
Absolute Growth: 593

7. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,859
Population 2010: 6,352
Growth Rate: 7.98%
Absolute Growth: 507

8. Billings

Billings, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,089
Population 2010: 101,549
Growth Rate: 7.42%
Absolute Growth: 7,540

9. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,117
Population 2010: 65,383
Growth Rate: 7.24%
Absolute Growth: 4,734

10. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,815
Population 2010: 9,261
Growth Rate: 5.98%
Absolute Growth: 554

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Montana

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sidney 1 6,407 5,052 1,355 26.8%
Bozeman 2 41,761 36,440 5,321 14.6%
Kalispell 3 21,619 19,298 2,321 12.0%
Glendive 4 5,353 4,899 454 9.3%
Helena 5 30,102 27,672 2,430 8.8%
Belgrade 6 7,874 7,281 593 8.1%
Whitefish 7 6,859 6,352 507 8.0%
Billings 8 109,089 101,549 7,540 7.4%
Missoula 9 70,117 65,383 4,734 7.2%
Havre 10 9,815 9,261 554 6.0%
Laurel 11 6,931 6,620 311 4.7%
Miles City 12 8,667 8,308 359 4.3%
Great Falls 13 59,479 57,873 1,606 2.8%
Livingston 14 7,210 7,094 116 1.6%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 15 9,176 9,270 -94 -1.0%
Lewistown 16 5,868 5,954 -86 -1.4%

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