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 (Homes For Sale)
  4. Eureka (Homes For Sale)
  5. Thompson Falls (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 the best places to live in Montana or the most expensive.

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

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.

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1. Browning

Browning, Montana

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,172
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 34
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Browning: Homes For Sale

2. Libby

Libby, Montana

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,667
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 56
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Libby: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Ronan

Ronan, Montana

Population: 2,143
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 65
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Ronan: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Eureka

Eureka, Montana

Population: 1,123
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 70
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Eureka: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Thompson Falls

Thompson Falls, Montana

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

6. Superior

Superior, Montana

Population: 1,108
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 73
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Superior: Homes For Sale

7. Polson

Polson, Montana

Population: 4,524
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 93
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Polson: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Columbia Falls

Columbia Falls, Montana

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

9. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Population: 20,016
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 98
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
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.

10. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Population: 6,402
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 129
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
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.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Montana

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

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