These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Montana

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in Montana that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Montana works hard, there’s a certain part of the Treasure State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Montana .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Helena Valley Northwest which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Montana. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Montana for a promotion:

  1. Helena Valley Northwest
  2. Montana City
  3. Four Corners
  4. Big Sky
  5. Malmstrom Afb
  6. Belgrade
  7. Colstrip
  8. Lolo
  9. Red Lodge
  10. Bozeman

So listen up South Browning as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Treasure State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 53 places in Montana, we ranked each place from 1 to 53 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Montana”. And, at the end of the day, Helena Valley Northwest had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Helena Valley Northwest


Population: 3,939 College Graduates: 41.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.7

2. Montana City

Montana City - Hardest Montana

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,683 College Graduates: 44.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Four Corners


Population: 3,264 College Graduates: 48.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.0
Workers Per Household: 1.4

4. Big Sky


Population: 2,694 College Graduates: 52.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.6
Workers Per Household: 1.7

5. Malmstrom Afb


Population: 3,625 College Graduates: 33.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 44.8
Workers Per Household: 2.1

6. Belgrade

Belgrade, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,625College Graduates: 28.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Colstrip

Colstrip, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,243College Graduates: 35.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Lolo


Population: 3,994 College Graduates: 32.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 35.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

9. Red Lodge

Red Lodge, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,337College Graduates: 40.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.5
Workers Per Household: 1.1

10. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,123College Graduates: 54.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 35.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Montana

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Helena Valley Northwest 1 3,939 41.5% 38.9 1.7
Montana City 2 2,683 44.5% 39.0 1.4
Four Corners 3 3,264 48.8% 39.0 1.4
Big Sky 4 2,694 52.3% 42.6 1.7
Malmstrom AFB 5 3,625 33.2% 44.8 2.1
Belgrade 6 7,625 28.3% 38.4 1.5
Colstrip 7 2,243 35.6% 39.1 1.5
Lolo 8 3,994 32.3% 35.3 1.7
Red Lodge 9 2,337 40.6% 37.5 1.1
Bozeman 10 39,123 54.4% 35.5 1.5
Laurel 11 6,887 18.5% 39.6 1.3
Helena Valley Northeast 12 2,731 34.9% 38.6 1.1
Lewistown 13 5,879 31.3% 40.4 1.1
Lockwood 14 6,943 17.9% 38.6 1.5
Helena Valley West Central 15 8,502 30.6% 37.8 1.4
Billings 16 106,979 30.5% 38.5 1.3
Livingston 17 7,086 30.5% 38.7 1.3
Havre 18 9,668 26.8% 38.8 1.3
Orchard Homes 19 5,410 39.9% 34.2 1.5
Wolf Point 20 2,730 15.1% 39.5 1.3
Sidney 21 5,888 14.8% 42.4 1.3
Cut Bank 22 2,947 23.5% 39.1 1.3
Helena 23 29,142 44.8% 36.7 1.2
East Helena 24 2,497 29.8% 38.9 1.2
East Missoula 25 2,597 29.1% 38.6 1.7
Glasgow 26 3,327 17.4% 39.2 1.2
Columbia Falls 27 4,765 18.4% 38.5 1.4
Whitefish 28 6,542 46.0% 37.0 1.2
Glendive 29 5,167 17.0% 40.8 1.2
Missoula 30 68,377 45.7% 35.3 1.4
Helena Valley Southeast 31 7,340 21.3% 37.7 1.6
Conrad 32 2,600 21.7% 39.2 1.2
Miles City 33 8,553 18.4% 38.7 1.2
Lakeside 34 2,755 39.7% 41.9 0.9
Great Falls 35 59,017 25.5% 38.3 1.2
Columbus 36 2,250 17.3% 40.2 1.3
Deer Lodge 37 3,085 18.6% 35.9 1.1
Shelby 38 3,096 14.9% 39.1 1.1
Dillon 39 4,181 32.4% 38.3 1.2
Townsend 40 2,033 17.4% 38.7 1.1
Hardin 41 3,720 18.1% 39.2 1.3
Butte-Silver Bow 42 33,481 23.6% 37.8 1.1
Kalispell 43 20,629 27.9% 37.0 1.2
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 44 9,243 18.6% 38.7 1.1
Evergreen 45 6,711 12.1% 35.9 1.3
Bigfork 46 4,375 32.2% 36.8 1.0
Polson 47 4,580 26.5% 37.8 1.1
Hamilton 48 4,486 22.3% 36.7 0.9
Lame Deer 49 2,131 11.6% 35.4 1.5
North Browning 50 2,363 5.4% 39.4 1.2
Libby 51 2,667 19.3% 38.3 0.9
Pablo 52 2,616 4.1% 37.5 1.1
South Browning 53 2,045 4.1% 38.0 1.0

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