SafeWise is happy to release our 5th annual Safest Cities report. See if your city made the list.
If you live in Big Sky Country, then you already enjoy a lower violent crime rate than a lot of other states, but property crime might be a concern. Montana beats the national violent crime rate by fractions, reporting 4.27 incidents per 1,000 people, compared to 4.49 incidents nationwide.
Property crime numbers aren’t as encouraging. The national property crime rate is 27.11 incidents per 1,000 people—that’s 12 fewer incidents than Montana sees with a rate of 39.20. But it’s not all bad news: every city on our list was below the state property crime rate, and just one (Kalispell) exceeded the national number at 34.29 property crimes per 1,000.
Find out if your Montana city is one of the safest and get all the details about each city in our full list below.
70% of the cities on the list are repeats from last year.
There were only two murders reported, but every city reported some violent crimes—the lowest total number was eight incidents in both Glendive and Columbia Falls.
Montana’s safest cities have higher violent crime rates than most other states; no city had fewer than one incident per 1,000, and just four had fewer than two.
Montana is more worried about digital security than any other safety concern, with 46% of respondents to our State of Safety survey rating it number one. But that’s still less concern than the rest of the country where 59% named it a top concern.
Just 35% of Montana participants in our State of Safety study named violent crime a top concern, compared to 56% nationwide.
Even though there were no safest cities with zero reports of violent crime, only 15% of Montana respondents have ever experienced a violent crime, versus 22% across the country—and no participants experienced violent crime in the past year.
The top violent crime concern is assault by a stranger. Among the safest cities, assaults were reported for each, ranging from seven in the number two and three cities to 76 incidents in Bozeman, the most populous city on our list.
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more