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Montana : What you need to know

Living in Montana gives residents access to some of the best trout fishing in the country, massive mountains and wide open prairies. Some of the best places to live in Montana include Billings, Bozeman and Missoula. These cities offer thriving economies, vibrant culture and lots of things to do, including shopping, great restaurants and museums. Downtown Bozeman draws many tourists while Missoula’s microbreweries, concert venues and charm lures new residents.

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Quick Facts about MT

Population 1,014,699
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $47,169
Median Home Price $193,500
Median Property Tax $1,294
Median Rent $67

Employment Rate in MT

  Employed 96%
  Unemployed 4%

Race in MT

  Ethnicity White 89.2%
  Ethnicity Black 0.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 0.7%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 3.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 6.5%
  Ethnicity Other 0.5%

Employment Rate in MT

  Employed 96%
  Unemployed 4%

Educational Levels in MT

  Bachelor's Degree 20%
  Associate's Degree 8.4%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.5%
  High School Graduate 30.1%
  Some College, No Degree 24.8%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 29.5%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 92.8%

Industry in MT

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 7.3%
Construction 8.1%
Manufacturing 4.5%
Wholesale Trade 2.3%
Retail Trade 12.2%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.8%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.4%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 8.2%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 23.2%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.9%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.9%
Public Administration 6.4%

Housing in MT

  Homes Rent 67.2%
  Homes Owned 32.8%

Montana Rankings

Best places to Live in Montana

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Billings 108,134 $191,200 $51,012
Missoula 69,190 $238,200 $41,421
Great Falls 59,563 $160,900 $42,896
Bozeman 40,319 $259,800 $45,729
Butte-Silver Bow 33,671 $129,800 $37,686
Helena 29,600 $205,500 $49,852
Kalispell 21,142 $186,700 $41,097
Havre 9,790 $134,400 $45,146
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 9,211 $130,100 $39,399
Miles City 8,627 $124,400 $46,935
Helena Valley West Central 8,564 $206,500 $66,692
Belgrade 7,738 $198,800 $47,379
Lockwood 7,437 $165,100 $53,085
Helena Valley Southeast 7,383 $180,300 $54,223
Livingston 7,136 $170,400 $40,619
Evergreen 6,955 $134,300 $36,814
Laurel 6,933 $151,900 $50,143
Whitefish 6,692 $275,200 $51,122
Sidney 6,216 $167,200 $56,034
Lewistown 5,883 $105,800 $35,990