If you are looking for a place to live in the United States of America, then you can never go wrong with Montana. Apart from being a beautiful place, it is something where many desire to settle down. Admit it or not, Montana is relatively peaceful and away from the hassles and bustles of the city noise.
Primarily, their economic is centered in agricultural and ranching. They also produce oil, gas, and coil. Moreover they have hard rock mining and lumber. Currently, Montana is attracting more visitors than ever. So, if you wish to settle down here, it is certainly never a wrong decision. But the question is where exactly will you want to reside? To help you narrow down your choice, we have listed here the 8 best places to live in Montana. Check them out after this introduction.
8 Best Places To Live In Montana
Now, as we have an overview with the place, do you wish to live here? Since there are a lot of cities and towns in Montana, you might get a headache when choosing the best destination. Here, we have rounded up the 8 best places to live in Montana for you to check on, and probably settle on, once you have decided.
1. West Yellowstone
The ultimate best place to visit or live in Montana on our list is no other than West Yellowstone. It only houses a mediocre population size which is probably one of the reasons why it ranked on our list as the highest considering that with a minimal size, the place is peaceful and quiet.
If you live within West Yellowstone, and you are working within the area, it usually takes around 8 minutes for you to get from work to your home. Fast and cool, isn’t it? With such time frame, you can save your time for more precious moments such as bonding with families and pampering yourself.
In addition, the town also has its Yellowstone Airport which makes air travel easier and faster for most of the residents and the tourists visiting the place. Most of the tourists visiting the place are from China. Hence, there are Mandarin signage and three Chinese restaurants within the area. West Yellowstone also receives a bigger percent of its annual businesses from the Chinese tourists clamoring their area.
2. East Helena
In 1870s and early part of the 1880s, East Helena is the part of passageway between Helena and several gold camps. The place provided travelers with food and shelter during those times. Though, it was just considered as a stop-over and was over-shadowed by the much prosperous and bigger city of Helena, East Helena had long surpassed that, as it is now considered as a great place on its own right.
A huge thanks to the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) who purchased a 160 acre site in 1898 there. From then on, East Helena started to grow up encircling their enterprise. For more than 100 years, the company was able to provide livelihood for thousands of East Helena’s families primarily due to the 70,000 tons of lead bullion being processed annually.
When it comes to education, East Helena also proves to be good, as 89% of their residents actually have a diploma or its near equivalent. There crime rate is also passing with 849 crimes per 100,000 residents. So, basically, you can get the education and the protection you so deserve.
One of the best places to live in Montana is no other than Helena. It is the state’s capital city housing to more than 28,000 residents as of the latest census in 2010. The place was founded by four people called “Four Georgians”, though they are far from being Georgians except for one.
The four Georgians include one Georgian, one Alabaman, one Iowan, and one Englishman. The mining industry of the place is very stable and it also has the second highest in Montana’s graduation rate, which means that people have been educated. I consider it as a good place to settle because of some other factors which include affordable housing, higher average income, and shorter average transportation time to and from work.
You might think of bread and pastries when you hear the word baker. But then again, it is also a word associated with one of the best places to live in Montana. It is named as “The Friendly City”. Hence, it is already a giveaway that if you transfer to this place, everyone will make you feel welcomed, and that you can gain many friends as soon as you stepped on the soils of Baker.
The place is a small farming community that is located near the Medicine Rocks State Park. We have included this place on our list because of their cost of living which is great, and the median household income that is even 18% higher than Montana’s $41,358 at $49,028 yearly. Well-known people who hailed from Baker, Montana are Hollywood costume designer, Irene Lentz; NFL Atlanta Falcons’ player, Shann Schillinger; and Hall of Fame Jockey, Jack Westrope.
Sidney is one of America’s top producers of sugar beets. The place is also booming with its oil production industry, and though these two industries are quite not synergistic with each other, they still managed to bring Sidney to our list considering these industries were able to provide livelihood for families. Just like many other places on this list, Sidney also boasts a shorter transportation time, a great cost of living rate, and a good median household income at around $52,460 annually. As of 2010 census, the place also had only 5,191 residents.
If you are a lover of sports, then Colstrip is definitely the place for someone as adventurous, sporty, and athletic as you. It has been hailed as Montana’s official “Sportstown” by Sports Illustrated during their 50th anniversary issue. The city boasts of 23 parks along with its great sporting amenities particularly for basketball and volleyball.
In 2010 census, the population was only 2,214. Its primary sources of income and economic strength include electricity production, mining and coal. Average household income also reaches as much as $74,000 annually, and that is way higher compared to the household income of other places in this list.
Some notable people considered as native of Colstrip are: Wally McRae, 1990 National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Award winner; Tuff Harris, a safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers; George Armstrong Custer, a US Army Officer during the American Civil War and American Indian Wars; and Russ Davidson, National and Montana Outstanding Teacher of American History in 2013.
7. Big Timber
If you want the beauty of nature through its rivers and mountains, then Big Timber is the right place for you. If I were to choose personally from all of these places in the list, I will definitely pick Big Timber as the best place to live in Montana since they have affordable housing, solid average income, high educational attainment rate, and very low crime rates, plus the additional fact of its picturesque, post-card worthy, landscape. Did you also know that it was the location of the movies “The Horse Whisperer” and “A River Runs Through It”? With movies under its belt, it sure is a great place to live in.
If you are one of the people who value time, then you can definitely have more of it in Shelby as the average commute time is only 12 minutes. Though it is 4 minutes longer than West Yellowstone, it is still fast compared to other places in the states.
Moreover, Shelby is also a good place for hunters and nature lovers considering it has a much diversified wildlife and awesome topographical features that will surely enhance the liking of these enthusiasts. With 3,376 in 2010 census, Shelby has a low cost of living plus low level of crime rates making it a good place to settle.
Furthermore, it is also a home to well-known individuals such as: James Grady, famous author of spy and crime novels; Jack Horner, a paleontologist; Larry Krystkowiak, former NBA star; Leroy Hood, a Human Genome Project scientist; Steve Denison, a retired LTC, US Army, and president of both the United States Powerlifting Association and International Powerlifting League.