These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Montana For 2018


We analyzed over 22 places in Montana to determine where the 1% live.

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Sidney, Three Forks, Glasgow: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Montana. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Treasure State.

Sidney in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $59,131 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 7.6%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Montana share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 34 places in Montana with more than 2,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Montana for 2018:

  1. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Three Forks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Glasgow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. East Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Colstrip (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Billings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Belgrade (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Miles City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Shelby (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Montana.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Montana:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Montana For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Montana
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 34 places with more than 2,000 people in Montana, we ranked each place from 1 to 34 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Sidney, crowned the “Richest Place In Montana For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 34 places.

Sidney, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,407.0
Median Income: $59,131.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Three Forks, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,083.0
Median Income: $53,229.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Three Forks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glasgow, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,363.0
Median Income: $53,235.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Glasgow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Helena, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,286.0
Median Income: $52,639.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on East Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colstrip, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,288.0
Median Income: $89,483.0
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Colstrip: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Billings, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 109,089.0
Median Income: $52,944.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
More on Billings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.

Laurel, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,931.0
Median Income: $49,839.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census.

Belgrade, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,874.0
Median Income: $54,000.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.4%
More on Belgrade: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Miles City, MT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,667.0
Median Income: $47,383.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
More on Miles City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.

Shelby, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,160.0
Median Income: $45,285.0
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 13.9%
More on Shelby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Montana For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Montana, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Montana.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Montana, according to data:

Poorest: Dillon
2nd Poorest: Libby
3rd Poorest: Polson

For more Montana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Montana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sidney 3.67 $59,131
2 Three Forks 5.83 $53,229
3 Glasgow 8.0 $53,235
4 East Helena 9.33 $52,639
5 Colstrip 9.67 $89,483
6 Billings 9.67 $52,944
7 Laurel 10.17 $49,839
8 Belgrade 10.33 $54,000
9 Miles City 11.33 $47,383
10 Shelby 11.33 $45,285
11 Whitefish 12.33 $51,250
12 Helena 12.67 $52,288
13 Deer Lodge 13.17 $37,917
14 Livingston 13.33 $40,358
15 Red Lodge 14.5 $42,120
16 Columbia Falls 15.17 $47,157
17 Lewistown 16.33 $37,695
18 Columbus 16.83 $49,805
19 Conrad 17.33 $39,432
20 Great Falls 18.0 $43,497
21 Glendive 18.5 $47,350
22 Havre 19.67 $43,306
23 Bozeman 21.17 $48,612
24 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 22.83 $39,212
25 Kalispell 22.83 $41,467
26 Missoula 23.33 $42,389
27 Wolf Point 24.67 $38,397
28 Stevensville 25.5 $32,120
29 Hamilton 27.67 $31,845
30 Hardin 28.17 $40,884
31 Cut Bank 28.67 $36,542
32 Polson 30.0 $33,013
33 Libby 31.0 $24,271
34 Dillon 32.0 $32,180

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