These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Montana


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 21 largest places in Montana, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Miles City
  2. Lewistown
  3. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
  4. Havre
  5. Butte-Silver Bow
  6. Laurel
  7. Great Falls
  8. Lockwood
  9. Sidney
  10. Evergreen

So listen up Orchard Homes as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Treasure State

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 21 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. Miles City

Miles City, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,428
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 53
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 86

2. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,897
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 60
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

3. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,277
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 61
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

4. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,425
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 66
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

5. Butte-Silver Bow

Butte-Silver Bow, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,164
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 69
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

6. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,763
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 76
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

7. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,498
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 79
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

8. Lockwood


Population: 6,606
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 81
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 86

9. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,360
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 71
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 87

10. Evergreen


Population: 6,696
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 87
Transportation: 93
Utiltiies: 81

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Montana

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Miles City 1 8,428 97 107 106
Lewistown 2 5,897 101 101 106
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 3 9,277 101 101 106
Havre 4 9,425 101 101 106
Butte-Silver Bow 5 34,164 101 101 106
Laurel 6 6,763 101 101 106
Great Falls 7 58,498 101 101 106
Lockwood 8 6,606 101 101 106
Sidney 9 5,360 103 108 108
Evergreen 10 6,696 95 92 114
Livingston 11 7,071 101 101 106
Kalispell 12 20,016 95 92 114
Billings 13 104,374 101 101 106
Helena 14 28,381 101 101 106
Belgrade 15 7,439 101 101 106
Helena Valley Southeast 16 7,860 101 101 106
Helena Valley West Central 17 8,293 101 101 106
Missoula 18 66,982 101 101 106
Whitefish 19 6,402 95 92 114
Bozeman 20 37,619 101 101 106
Orchard Homes 21 5,491 101 101 106

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