Montana’s
Safest Cities

2019

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Montana boasts a population of just over a million people and cities including Missoula, Billings, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte, and of course, its capital Helena. Nicknamed the Treasure State or Big Sky Country, Montana is most known for its gorgeous natural sights. Accordingly, the word Montana comes from the Spanish word for mountainous, so you better believe there are some high peaks. Whether you enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, or just simply playing in waterfalls, Montana is the place to go for a breathtaking setting. And while the state is the fourth largest in the United States, it is 44th in terms of population, meaning, you can expect a lot of wide, open spaces. Plus, if you’re an animal-lover, you’ll be especially happy— there are more deer, elks, and antelopes than there are people! With 50 mountain ranges and seven Native American reservations, Montana certainly has a lot to offer, from humans to animals alike.

So what are some things that you absolutely cannot miss if you go to Montana? Well, for starters:

  • Glacier National Park: With trails for over 700 miles, you’ll never get tired of walking around this gorgeous mountain range with Lake McDonald, a huge alpine lake perfect for water sports.
  • Big Sky Resort: For those who like skiing, this is the place, with a fancy hotel and pool.
  • Flathead Lake: This freshwater lake has a few small islands as well as a bunch of fish, both native and non-native.

The safest city in Montana is Glendive, a city in Dawson County originally established by the Northern Pacific Railway. With a population of about 5,400 people, the city had only 1.48 violent crimes and 17.77 property crimes per 1,000 people. Not bad for over 2,200 households!

3.771

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.467
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
25.916

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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If you’re wondering how we calculated the safest cities in Montana, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a detailed methodology.

1
Glendive, Montana
Glendive
Safety Score: 78.95

Glendive, MT

Population 5,402
Median Income 50,995
Households 2,271
Violent Crime 1.48
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 17.77
Property Crime -1.49

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Miles City, Montana
Miles City
Safety Score: 78.91

Miles City, MT

Population 8,690
Median Income 51,503
Households 3,599
Violent Crime 1.04
Violent Crime -0.99
Property Crimes 18.3
Property Crime -0.51

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Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish
Safety Score: 77.27

Whitefish, MT

Population 7,446
Median Income 49,870
Households 3,296
Violent Crime 1.61
Violent Crime -0.33
Property Crimes 20.28
Property Crime -5.88

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Belgrade, Montana
Belgrade
Safety Score: 75.29

Belgrade, MT

Population 8,393
Median Income 57,321
Households 3,026
Violent Crime 2.86
Violent Crime -0.09
Property Crimes 21.57
Property Crime -2.49

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Columbia Falls, Montana
Columbia Fa.
Safety Score: 73.13

Columbia Falls, MT

Population 5,337
Median Income 44,257
Households 2,301
Violent Crime 1.5
Violent Crime +0.34
Property Crimes 25.86
Property Crime 3.06

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Livingston, Montana
Livingston
Safety Score: 72.95

Livingston, MT

Population 7,470
Median Income 38,807
Households 3,569
Violent Crime 2.54
Violent Crime +0.23
Property Crimes 24.77
Property Crime -9.72

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Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman
Safety Score: 72.89

Bozeman, MT

Population 46,728
Median Income 49,217
Households 18,114
Violent Crime 2.78
Violent Crime -0.53
Property Crimes 24.46
Property Crime -3.59

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Laurel, Montana
Laurel
Safety Score: 72.61

Laurel, MT

Population 6,887
Median Income 50,778
Households 2,882
Violent Crime 2.18
Violent Crime +0.75
Property Crimes 26.28
Property Crime 5.24

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Sidney, Montana
Sidney
Safety Score: 71.79

Sidney, MT

Population 6,814
Median Income 59,958
Households 2,614
Violent Crime 8.37
Violent Crime +4.34
Property Crimes 19.08
Property Crime -2.2

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Kalispell, Montana
Kalispell
Safety Score: 65.97

Kalispell, MT

Population 23,243
Median Income 44,800
Households 8,787
Violent Crime 3.1
Violent Crime -0.95
Property Crimes 34.29
Property Crime -23.03

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Helena, Montana
Helena
Safety Score: 56.62

Helena, MT

Population 31,668
Median Income 53,892
Households 13,570
Violent Crime 6.85
Violent Crime +0.31
Property Crimes 42.5
Property Crime 3.76

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Missoula, Montana
Missoula
Safety Score: 56.24

Missoula, MT

Population 73,304
Median Income 43,602
Households 30,914
Violent Crime 4.8
Violent Crime -0.45
Property Crimes 45.59
Property Crime -6.75

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Havre, Montana
Havre
Safety Score: 55.83

Havre, MT

Population 9,900
Median Income 44,337
Households 4,026
Violent Crime 9.6
Violent Crime +2.83
Property Crimes 40.51
Property Crime 1.4

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Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls
Safety Score: 53.1

Great Falls, MT

Population 59,167
Median Income 44,725
Households 25,737
Violent Crime 4.16
Violent Crime +1.45
Property Crimes 51.09
Property Crime 1.79

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Billings, Montana
Billings
Safety Score: 50.16

Billings, MT

Population 111,317
Median Income 55,585
Households 45,722
Violent Crime 4.93
Violent Crime +0.32
Property Crimes 54.58
Property Crime 7.78

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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