These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Montana For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Montana that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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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:

  1. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Plentywood (Homes For Sale)
  3. Glendive (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Scobey (Homes For Sale)
  6. Wolf Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Poplar (Homes For Sale)
  8. West Yellowstone (Homes For Sale)
  9. Bozeman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Manhattan (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.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Montana or the cheapest.

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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:

  • 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 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.

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1. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Population: 5,360
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 71
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Sidney: Homes For Sale | Data
Sidney is a city in and the county seat of Richland County, Montana, United States, less than 10 mi (16 km) 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.

2. Plentywood

Plentywood, Montana

Population: 1,626
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 60
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Plentywood: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Population: 4,990
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 60
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Glendive: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Glasgow

Glasgow, Montana

Population: 3,268
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 56
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Glasgow: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Scobey

Scobey, Montana

Population: 1,079
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 50
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Scobey: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Wolf Point

Wolf Point, Montana

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Population: 2,629
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 40
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Wolf Point: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Poplar


Population: 1,091
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 30
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Poplar: Homes For Sale

8. West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone, Montana

Population: 1,413
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 106
Housing: 137
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 86
More on West Yellowstone: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Population: 37,619
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 106
Housing: 127
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 86
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.

10. Manhattan

Manhattan, Montana

Population: 1,394
Services: 101
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 106
Housing: 125
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 86
More on Manhattan: Homes For Sale | Data

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:

  1. Browning
  2. Libby
  3. Ronan

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Montana

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

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