Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Montana does this very well. Families love the Treasure State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.
But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.
These are the places in Montana that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.
After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Montana for 2018:
- Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Plentywood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Scobey (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wolf Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Poplar (Homes For Sale)
- West Yellowstone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bozeman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So hopefully Browning (the cheapest place to live in Montana) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
Population: 5,360 Services: 103
Health Care: 108
More on Sidney: Homes For Sale | Data
Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10mi away from the North Dakota border. The population was 5,191 at the 2010 census. The city lies along the Yellowstone River and is in proximity to the badlands of the Dakotas. Sidney is approximately midway between Glendive, Montana and Williston, North Dakota.
6. Wolf Point
Population: 1,091 Services: 103
Health Care: 108
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8. West Yellowstone
Population: 37,619 Services: 101
Health Care: 106
More on Bozeman: Homes For Sale | Data
Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.
How We Determined The Most Expensive 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:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Montana to figure out which is the most 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.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck
Well there you have it, the places in Montana that have the highest cost of living, with Sidney ranking as the most expensive city in the Treasure State.
If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Montana:
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- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Montana
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Montana
Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Montana
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