Two Montana Towns Named Best in U.S. With Less Than 10,000 People
Montana is full of great small towns, and each of them is unique in its own way. If you blink, you might miss some of them. Two towns in Montana were just named the best in America with a population of less than 10,000.
Montana's larger cities such as Billings, Missoula, and Bozeman aren't strangers to being thrust into the national spotlight, but many of the smaller towns in the state tend to go unnoticed, and if you ask almost any local, they prefer to keep it that way.
For its size, Montana has an incredibly small population, with barely over a million people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state didn't hit the 1 million mark until 2020. Much of the growth since then has been in places like Bozeman, Whitefish, and Kalispell.
Many people that have moved from other states to Montana have done so because they want to escape the crime and congestion of larger cities. It makes sense. After all, who would want to live in those conditions? There's no denying that many places in Montana offer a simpler and better quality of life.
Earlier this year, a coworker wrote an article about two small towns in Montana making the list of the best in America, and we decided to look at the data and determine whether or not it's accurate. Far & Wide released a list of the 100 best towns in America with a population of less than 10,000. So, what towns in Montana made the list? Let's find out.
Best Montana Towns With Fewer Than 10,000 Residents.
Whitefish, Montana landed at #94 on the list, and Big Sky, Montana landed at #42. Here's my issue with the results. The majority of people that live in America couldn't afford to buy a home in either of those places. I guess "best" doesn't necessarily mean most affordable. Personally, I would prefer places like Ennis, Seeley Lake, or Big Timber, but that's just me.
Monowi, Nebraska was named the best town in America with less than 10,000 residents, and apparently, the town only has a population of 1. To see the full ranking, click here.