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In a corner of the U.S. that’s already known for its natural beauty, Canada-bordering Montana stands out. Home to two national parks (Yellowstone and Glacier) and 55 state parks, it’s a place of diverse terrain and breathtaking views.
Aptly nicknamed “Big Sky Country,” it’s the fourth-biggest state in the union. Travelers to Montana can spelunk in the Lewis and Clark caverns, drive slowly through Yellowstone as a herd of bison passes by their RV, or stare awestruck at the might of Granite Peak.
A lot of Montana is untamed, but for anyone looking for a city experience in a wild state, these are some of the safest areas to stay.
What are the most common crimes in Montana?
New Home Source used FBI crime data to compile a list of the top 10 safest cities in Montana. All of Montana’s cities are quite small, with the biggest population in Billings barely breaking six digits. In these smaller metropolises, the most common crime experienced by residents is property-related, with a few cases of larceny.
Laurel takes the number 10 spot. It’s a city of nearly 7,000 that’s just west of the Crow Reservation and slightly southwest of Billings. Number nine belongs to Libby, a little city nestled in Montana’s northwest corner at the foot of the Kootenai National Forest and adjacent to the Kaniksu National Forest.
Eight is a familiar name: Bozeman. It has the largest population on the list at 45,121, and it’s currently experiencing an influx of California expats. Its crime rate is 20% below the national average.
Cities in the middle of the pack
Miles City, Dillon, and Deer Lodge sit at the middle of the list, at number seven, six, and five, respectively. Miles City is about 100 miles from the North Dakota border and located near the Yellowstone River. Dillon is way on the other side of the state.
Dillon residents only need to drive a couple of hours to get to the famous Yellowstone national park. If you go north on the 15 from Dillon and then take the 90, you’ll hit Deer Lodge, with a population of almost 3,000. Deer Lodge is just a stone’s throw from some of the more famous peaks in Montana. Dillon and Deer Lodge boast crime rates that are approximately 65% below the national average.
Columbia Falls takes the number four spot and is most known for being close to the entrance of Glacier National Park. It has a population of around 5,000 and seems to be the quintessential Montana town. They’re emphatically into winter sports, enthusiastic about mountaineering, and adjacent to a beautiful river. Its crime rate is 34% below the national average.
The top 3 safest cities in Montana
Coming in at number three is Whitefish, located about 15 minutes west of Columbia Falls. Like its neighbor, it’s adjacent to Glacier National Park and offers similar resort town opportunities for fun in nature. The crime rate in Whitefish is 31% below the national average.
Second place goes to beautiful Glendive, way in the east of the state. With a population of just over 5,000, it enjoys a crime rate that’s 64% below the national average.
The number one safest city in Montana is the town of Colstrip. It’s located in the southeast corner of the state, just north of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Its population doesn’t quite reach 2,500, and its crime rate is a whopping 73% below the national average. Citizens of Colstrip enjoy a mostly peaceful existence in a beautiful state.
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