These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Montana

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Montana have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Montana places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Lewistown, the happiest place in Montana.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Treasure State”:

  1. Lewistown
  2. Helena Valley West Central
  3. Laurel
  4. Havre
  5. Miles City
  6. Sidney
  7. Lockwood
  8. Glendive
  9. Evergreen
  10. Helena Valley Southeast

There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Treasure State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 21 places in Montana with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 21 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Montana”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Montana ranked. Our apologies to Orchard Homes which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

1. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,879People Who Own Their Home: 61.4%
Married Adults: 51.0%

2. Helena Valley West Central

Population: 8,502 People Who Own Their Home: 82.3%
Married Adults: 60.6%

3. Laurel

Laurel, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,887People Who Own Their Home: 66.8%
Married Adults: 52.6%

4. Havre

Havre, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,668People Who Own Their Home: 59.0%
Married Adults: 52.7%

5. Miles City

Miles City, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,553People Who Own Their Home: 60.1%
Married Adults: 50.8%

6. Sidney

Sidney, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,888People Who Own Their Home: 58.0%
Married Adults: 52.4%

7. Lockwood

Population: 6,943 People Who Own Their Home: 79.1%
Married Adults: 49.3%

8. Glendive

Glendive, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,167People Who Own Their Home: 54.4%
Married Adults: 49.7%

9. Evergreen

Population: 6,711 People Who Own Their Home: 66.0%
Married Adults: 50.9%

10. Helena Valley Southeast

Population: 7,340 People Who Own Their Home: 85.7%
Married Adults: 49.6%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Montana

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Lewistown 1 5,879 61.4% 51.0%
Helena Valley West Central 2 8,502 82.3% 60.6%
Laurel 3 6,887 66.8% 52.6%
Havre 4 9,668 59.0% 52.7%
Miles City 5 8,553 60.1% 50.8%
Sidney 6 5,888 58.0% 52.4%
Lockwood 7 6,943 79.1% 49.3%
Glendive 8 5,167 54.4% 49.7%
Evergreen 9 6,711 66.0% 50.9%
Helena Valley Southeast 10 7,340 85.7% 49.6%
Orchard Homes 11 5,410 61.1% 55.8%
Belgrade 12 7,625 51.6% 50.4%
Helena 13 29,142 52.3% 44.0%
Great Falls 14 59,017 57.4% 48.3%
Billings 15 106,979 59.7% 46.8%
Whitefish 16 6,542 39.2% 59.8%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 17 9,243 55.6% 51.6%
Livingston 18 7,086 56.9% 45.6%
Bozeman 19 39,123 40.9% 35.0%
Kalispell 20 20,629 48.8% 46.3%
Missoula 21 68,377 44.9% 38.1%
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