Montana is a state known for its natural beauty. In fact, it is nicknamed the Treasure State, for its various wonders. The relaxed pace of living appeals to many, and is the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
West Yellowstone is long-considered one of the best spots to live in the state. The town is home to only about 1,200 residents, so if you like the idea of a cozy community where you know your neighbors, this could be the spot for you. Much of its desirability comes from short commute times to more urban centers and a low crime rate.
If you like sports and outdoor activities, Colstrip is worthy of consideration. It is considered the ‘Sportstown’ of the State. It boasts 23 parks, and a variety of sporting amenities, such as top-shelf facilities for volleyball and basketball. One of its appealing factors is a higher median income, which comes in at 74,000 a year, a whopping 18,000 more than the second-ranked town for this criteria. There are lots of beautiful houses here, but if you were wanting to build your dream home, consider getting in touch with one of the many quality custom home builders in Montana.
East Helena was once known primarily as a speed trap from people traveling from the larger city of Helena, but it is now becoming known as a great spot to live in the state. It has a low crime rate, high graduation rates for high school students and high median income. And while having plenty of its own amenities, you are close to the bigger city life of Helena.
Baker has earned the nickname of the ‘Friendly City,’ and if you like the idea of living in a small farm community, this could be the place for you. It is very close to the Medicine Rocks State Park, a place President Theodore Roosevelt deemed the most beautiful place he has ever seen. Its median income and lower cost of living also make it an attractive spot.
If you have ever seen ‘A River Runs Through It’ or ‘The Horse Whisperer,’ you have already seen a bit of Big Timber. Full of mountains and rivers, it is truly one of the most beautiful areas in which to live. Housing here is particularly affordable, schools are good and crime is low.
If you are more inclined to live with a bit more hustle and bustle (for Montana anyway), Helena may be the spot for you. Home to more than 28,000 people, its mining industry is in full swing still, housing is very affordable and the education system is good. 93 percent of people who live in the city have a high school diploma—87 percent of people from Montana have a high school diploma.