These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Montana


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

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Sidney, Helena Valley West Central, Laurel: 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 $56,926 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 9.6%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 22 places in Montana with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Treasure State:

  1. Sidney
  2. Helena Valley West Central
  3. Laurel
  4. Lockwood
  5. Lewistown
  6. Belgrade
  7. Billings
  8. Helena Valley Southeast
  9. Orchard Homes
  10. Helena

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Montana? That would be Missoula.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Montana

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 22 places with more than 5,000 people in Montana, we ranked each place from 1 to 22 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”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 22 places.

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1. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,888
Median Income: 5692600.0%
Poverty Level: 9.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

2. Helena Valley West Central


Population: 8,502
Median Income: 6213800.0%
Poverty Level: 8.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

3. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,887
Median Income: 4528600.0%
Poverty Level: 8.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

4. Lockwood


Population: 6,943
Median Income: 5226400.0%
Poverty Level: 9.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

5. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,879
Median Income: 3843800.0%
Poverty Level: 7.2%
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

6. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,625
Median Income: 4601000.0%
Poverty Level: 10.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

7. Billings

Billings, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,979
Median Income: 4926500.0%
Poverty Level: 13.2%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

8. Helena Valley Southeast


Population: 7,340
Median Income: 5438600.0%
Poverty Level: 9.8%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

9. Orchard Homes


Population: 5,410
Median Income: 5299100.0%
Poverty Level: 12.4%
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%

10. Helena

Helena, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,142
Median Income: 5031100.0%
Poverty Level: 15.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Montana

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 MT, according to data:

Poorest: Missoula
2nd Poorest: Butte-Silver Bow
3rd Poorest: Kalispell
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Montana

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Sidney 1 5,888 $56,926 9.6% 3.3%
Helena Valley West Central 2 8,502 $62,138 8.5% 5.7%
Laurel 3 6,887 $45,286 8.6% 3.0%
Lockwood 4 6,943 $52,264 9.0% 3.8%
Lewistown 5 5,879 $38,438 7.2% 2.7%
Belgrade 6 7,625 $46,010 10.1% 3.2%
Billings 7 106,979 $49,265 13.2% 4.4%
Helena Valley Southeast 8 7,340 $54,386 9.8% 9.1%
Orchard Homes 9 5,410 $52,991 12.4% 7.2%
Helena 10 29,142 $50,311 15.8% 5.1%
Miles City 11 8,553 $44,143 13.3% 4.4%
Havre 12 9,668 $44,601 18.1% 3.3%
Whitefish 13 6,542 $48,813 12.0% 7.8%
Glendive 14 5,167 $40,673 16.1% 3.2%
Great Falls 15 59,017 $43,374 15.2% 5.6%
Livingston 16 7,086 $38,434 11.2% 6.4%
Evergreen 17 6,711 $34,951 9.8% 6.5%
Bozeman 18 39,123 $46,422 24.9% 8.1%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 19 9,243 $41,015 18.8% 7.4%
Kalispell 20 20,629 $40,511 15.7% 8.7%
Butte-Silver Bow 21 33,481 $37,654 21.5% 7.0%
Missoula 22 68,377 $41,968 22.6% 9.2%

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