The 10 Richest Cities In Montana For 2019


We analyzed 33 places in Montana to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Montana.

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Sidney, Glasgow, Three Forks: 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 $59,958 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.2%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 33 places in Montana with more than 2,000 people.

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:

The 10 Richest Cities In Montana For 2019

Sidney, MT

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7
/10

Population: 6,491
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,958
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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.

Review Of Sidney by HomeSnacks User

Im from sidney, im a highschool grad. growing up there only 5 people have dropped out. How dare you insult my home with ur bull c**p u call a study. HOW DARE U

Glasgow, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,361
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,484
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Glasgow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Three Forks, MT

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6
/10

Population: 2,046
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $53,750
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on Three Forks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendive, MT

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8
/10

Population: 5,285
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 18)
Median Income: $50,995
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 14.8%
More on Glendive: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belgrade, MT

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,026
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $57,321
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Belgrade: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Billings, MT

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8
/10

Population: 109,082
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,585
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
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.

Review Of Billings by HomeSnacks User

I’ve had a brother that lived in Billings MT and we have cousins that live in Malta and Chinook MT. Anytime we’ve ever been there we’ve always enjoyed the different beauty and life style.

Farming is on the range there and farming in other places have different ways to raising their animals but they all come out the same if it’s for the same purpose

Miles City, MT

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8
/10

Population: 8,610
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $51,503
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
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.

Colstrip, MT

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Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 2,253
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $88,542
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Colstrip: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurel, MT

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6
/10

Population: 6,885
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $50,778
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
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.

Whitefish, MT

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8.5
/10

Population: 7,070
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $49,870
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
More on Whitefish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Whitefish (Salish: epxyu, “has whitefish”) is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census. It is home to a ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Montana For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 33 places with more than 2,000 people in Montana, we ranked each place from 1 to 33 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 City In Montana For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 33 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Montana For 2019

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

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How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Montana

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sidney 3.5 $59,958
2 Glasgow 7.5 $61,484
3 Three Forks 8.67 $53,750
4 Glendive 8.67 $50,995
5 Belgrade 9.0 $57,321
6 Billings 9.0 $55,585
7 Miles City 9.33 $51,503
8 Colstrip 9.5 $88,542
9 Laurel 11.33 $50,778
10 Whitefish 11.67 $49,870
11 Helena 12.0 $53,892
12 Red Lodge 12.33 $46,786
13 Columbus 13.33 $57,331
14 East Helena 13.67 $49,088
15 Columbia Falls 14.33 $44,257
16 Shelby 14.83 $39,868
17 Conrad 16.0 $43,372
18 Lewistown 16.5 $40,612
19 Great Falls 16.83 $44,725
20 Livingston 16.83 $38,807
21 Kalispell 19.0 $44,800
22 Deer Lodge 20.67 $37,985
23 Bozeman 22.67 $49,217
24 Havre 23.67 $44,337
25 Wolf Point 25.0 $43,512
26 Stevensville 25.5 $34,282
27 Missoula 26.0 $43,602
28 Hardin 26.0 $43,641
29 Cut Bank 26.83 $38,229
30 Libby 27.0 $26,049
31 Hamilton 27.17 $29,799
32 Dillon 28.0 $36,201
33 Polson 28.67 $33,023

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