If you live in one of the ten safest cities in Montana, violent crime isn’t a pervasive problem. Based on the most recent FBI crime report, the average violent crime rate of these cities was nearly 60% less than the national rate in 2016, with approximately two violent crimes reported for every 1,000 people. And those fortunate enough to call Dillon (the safest city in Big Sky Country) home experienced less than one violent crime per 1,000 people.

Unlike Montana’s violent crime rate, its property crime rate was higher than the national average—but among the state’s safest cities, property crime was 20% less on average. Even more impressive is fourth-ranked Glasgow. With just over six property crimes on the books for every 1,000 residents, the property crime rate in Glasgow was 83% lower than Montana’s.

We think Governor Steve Bullock, and all Montanans, have a lot to be proud of. Not only did their state have a 7% lower violent crime rate than the nation as a whole, but it’s also a place where innovative programs like Aid Montana aim to improve citizens’ quality of life by combating substance abuse.

We also send accolades to Great Falls. The ninth city on our list, Great Falls demonstrates a deep commitment to citizens’ well-being and goes above and beyond to care for those with disabilities. In a personal message, Great Falls Police Captain, John Schaffer, encourages caretakers of people with disabilities to provide the department with information that can help police officers best serve their loved ones.

As your source for safety and security information, we developed the Montana Safety Directory which offers crime prevention tips, provides emergency preparedness information, and lists the best home security systems in the state.

The 10 Safest Cities in Montana

1. Dillon

Population: 4,224
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.71
Property crimes per 1,000: 9.23
Total crime: 7.69% violent, 92.31% property

2. Columbia Falls

Population: 5,175
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.16
Property crimes per 1,000: 22.80
Total crime: 5.08% violent, 94.92% property

3. Laurel

Population: 6,986
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.43
Property crimes per 1,000: 21.04
Total crime: 6.80% violent, 93.20% property

4. Glasgow

Population: 3,442
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.74
Property crimes per 1,000: 6.68
Total crime: 26.09% violent, 73.91% property

5. Glendive

Population: 5,608
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.78
Property crimes per 1,000: 19.26
Total crime: 9.26% violent, 90.74% property

6. Whitefish

Population: 7,226
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.94
Property crimes per 1,000: 26.16
Total crime: 7.41% violent, 92.59% property

7. Miles City

Population: 8,878
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.03
Property crimes per 1,000: 18.81
Total crime: 10.78% violent, 89.22% property

8. Livingston

Population: 7,364
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.31
Property crimes per 1,000: 34.49
Total crime: 6.69% violent, 93.31% property

9. Great Falls

Population: 59,717
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.71
Property crimes per 1,000: 49.30
Total crime: 5.50% violent, 94.50% property

10. Belgrade

Population: 8,146
Violent crimes per 1,000: 2.95
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.06
Total crime: 12.24% violent, 87.76% property

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Montana

To identify the ten safest cities in Montana, we reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, we calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

How Safe Is Your Home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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