These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Montana For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Montana go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Montana definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Montana where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Treasure State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 57 largest places in Montana, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Montana for 2018:

  1. Browning (Homes For Sale)
  2. Libby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ronan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Eureka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Thompson Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Superior (Homes For Sale)
  7. Polson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Columbia Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kalispell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Whitefish (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Sidney (the most expensive place in Montana) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Montana and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Treasure State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Montana
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Montana to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 57 places in Montana that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Browning

Browning, MT

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 1,172
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 34
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Browning: Real Estate | Photos

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Libby, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,667
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 56
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Libby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Ronan, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,143
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 65
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Ronan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Eureka, MT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,123
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 70
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Eureka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Thompson Falls, MT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,174
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 71
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Thompson Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6. Superior

Superior, MT

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 1,108
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 73
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Superior: Real Estate | Photos

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Polson, MT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,524
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 93
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Polson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Columbia Falls, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,690
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 96
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Columbia Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbia Falls is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 4,710 at the 2010 census

Kalispell, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,016
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 98
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Kalispell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kalispell 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.

Whitefish, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,402
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 129
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Whitefish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Montana Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Montana, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Montana according to the data:

  1. Sidney
  2. Glendive
  3. Plentywood

For more Montana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Montana

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Browning 12.75 1,172 95 92 114
2 Libby 15.0 2,667 95 92 114
3 Ronan 16.75 2,143 95 92 114
4 Eureka 17.58 1,123 95 92 114
5 Thompson Falls 17.83 1,174 95 92 114
6 Superior 18.25 1,108 95 92 114
7 Polson 20.17 4,524 95 92 114
8 Columbia Falls 20.42 4,690 95 92 114
9 Kalispell 20.67 20,016 95 92 114
10 Whitefish 21.75 6,402 95 92 114
11 Chinook 24.25 1,286 101 101 106
12 Cut Bank 24.5 2,896 101 101 106
13 Malta 24.5 1,911 101 101 106
14 Walkerville 24.83 1,005 101 101 106
15 Conrad 24.83 2,572 101 101 106
16 Deer Lodge 25.25 3,124 101 101 106
17 Roundup 25.75 1,825 101 101 106
18 White Sulphur Springs 25.92 1,017 101 101 106
19 Hardin 26.5 3,510 101 101 106
20 Shelby 26.5 2,864 101 101 106
21 Choteau 27.0 1,808 101 101 106
22 Lewistown 27.0 5,897 101 101 106
23 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 27.42 9,277 101 101 106
24 Fort Benton 27.58 1,478 101 101 106
25 Forsyth 27.75 1,825 101 101 106
26 Havre 28.17 9,425 101 101 106
27 Whitehall 28.17 1,097 101 101 106
28 Boulder 28.42 1,298 101 101 106
29 Colstrip 28.58 2,395 101 101 106
30 Townsend 29.42 2,041 101 101 106
31 Dillon 29.42 4,149 101 101 106
32 Laurel 29.75 6,763 101 101 106
33 Great Falls 29.92 58,498 101 101 106
34 Baker 30.0 1,832 97 107 106
35 Miles City 30.0 8,428 97 107 106
36 Big Timber 30.08 1,572 101 101 106
37 Columbus 30.25 1,982 101 101 106
38 Hamilton 30.5 4,393 101 101 106
39 Three Forks 30.5 1,636 101 101 106
40 Livingston 30.75 7,071 101 101 106
41 Stevensville 30.92 2,280 101 101 106
42 East Helena 31.08 2,031 101 101 106
43 Billings 31.33 104,374 101 101 106
44 Helena 31.83 28,381 101 101 106
45 Belgrade 32.08 7,439 101 101 106
46 Red Lodge 32.25 2,353 101 101 106
47 Missoula 32.42 66,982 101 101 106
48 Manhattan 32.58 1,394 101 101 106
49 Bozeman 32.75 37,619 101 101 106
50 West Yellowstone 33.08 1,413 101 101 106
51 Poplar 43.17 1,091 103 108 108
52 Wolf Point 43.5 2,629 103 108 108
53 Scobey 44.5 1,079 103 108 108
54 Glasgow 45.58 3,268 103 108 108
55 Plentywood 46.42 1,626 103 108 108
56 Glendive 46.42 4,990 103 108 108
57 Sidney 48.42 5,360 103 108 108

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