These Are The 10 Worst Places In Montana To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Montana after looking at the best places in Montana a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Montana, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Treasure State are:

  1. Eureka
  2. Libby
  3. Thompson Falls
  4. Fort Belknap Agency
  5. North Browning
  6. Hardin
  7. Browning
  8. South Browning
  9. Chinook
  10. Deer Lodge

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Treasure State

After getting the data for every place in Montana, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Montana To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Eureka


Population: 1,123 Recent Job Growth: -2.53%
Future Job Growth: 21.50%

2. Libby

Libby, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,667Recent Job Growth: -2.53%
Future Job Growth: 21.50%

3. Thompson Falls


Population: 1,174 Recent Job Growth: -1.80%
Future Job Growth: 25.50%

4. Fort Belknap Agency


Population: 1,409 Recent Job Growth: -2.14%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

5. North Browning

North Browning, Montana

Source: Panoramo

Population: 2,454Recent Job Growth: 0.16%
Future Job Growth: 30.50%

6. Hardin

Hardin, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,510Recent Job Growth: 0.54%
Future Job Growth: 30.00%

7. Browning


Population: 1,172 Recent Job Growth: 0.16%
Future Job Growth: 30.50%

8. South Browning

South Browning, Montana

Source: Trulia

Population: 1,930Recent Job Growth: 0.16%
Future Job Growth: 30.50%

9. Chinook


Population: 1,286 Recent Job Growth: -2.14%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

10. Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,124Recent Job Growth: -1.46%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Eureka took the “top” spot as the worst city in Montana for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Montana, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Montana To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
eureka 1 1,123 -2.53% 21.50%
libby 2 2,667 -2.53% 21.50%
thompson falls 3 1,174 -1.80% 25.50%
fort belknap agency 4 1,409 -2.14% 30.40%
north browning 5 2,454 0.16% 30.50%
hardin 6 3,510 0.54% 30.00%
browning 7 1,172 0.16% 30.50%
south browning 8 1,930 0.16% 30.50%
chinook 9 1,286 -2.14% 30.40%
deer lodge 10 3,124 -1.46% 30.40%
pablo 11 1,989 0.24% 34.10%
rocky boy west 12 910 -2.99% 30.50%
superior 13 1,108 1.52% 35.30%
polson 14 4,524 0.24% 34.10%
havre 15 9,425 -2.68% 29.10%
cut bank 16 2,896 0.16% 30.50%
harlowton 17 917 -2.43% 31.50%
ronan 18 2,143 0.24% 34.10%
townsend 19 2,041 -0.36% 33.60%
whitehall 20 1,097 -0.14% 35.20%
boulder 21 1,298 -0.14% 35.20%
conrad 22 2,572 -0.08% 34.80%
anaconda-deer lodge county 23 9,277 0.66% 35.80%
crow agency 24 1,467 0.54% 30.00%
dillon 25 4,149 -0.83% 34.80%
lame deer 26 2,050 1.56% 37.70%
walkerville 27 1,005 1.08% 37.60%
fort benton 28 1,478 -2.99% 30.50%
livingston 29 7,071 1.44% 37.60%
malta 30 1,911 1.80% 38.30%
evergreen 31 6,696 2.65% 38.70%
lewistown 32 5,897 0.68% 37.30%
hungry horse 33 1,198 2.65% 38.70%
forsyth 34 1,825 1.56% 37.70%
pray 35 945 1.44% 37.60%
butte-silver bow 36 34,164 1.08% 37.60%
shelby 37 2,864 -2.76% 31.50%
hamilton 38 4,393 2.89% 39.80%
kalispell 39 20,016 2.65% 38.70%
gardiner 40 934 1.44% 37.60%
helena west side 41 1,308 -0.13% 36.20%
miles city 42 8,428 -0.64% 35.60%
columbia falls 43 4,690 2.65% 38.70%
montana city 44 2,845 -0.14% 35.20%
clancy 45 1,553 -0.14% 35.20%
helena 46 28,381 -0.13% 36.10%
poplar 47 1,091 2.66% 39.90%
choteau 48 1,808 0.95% 38.30%
stevensville 49 2,280 2.89% 39.80%
big timber 50 1,572 -0.72% 36.10%
bigfork 51 4,356 2.65% 38.70%
whitefish 52 6,402 2.65% 38.70%
black eagle 53 1,063 1.80% 39.80%
east helena 54 2,031 -0.13% 36.20%
helena valley southeast 55 7,860 -0.13% 36.20%
helena valley west central 56 8,293 -0.13% 36.20%
baker 57 1,832 -0.34% 37.30%
red lodge 58 2,353 0.56% 37.10%
helena valley northwest 59 3,522 -0.13% 36.20%
helena valley northeast 60 2,562 -0.13% 36.20%
colstrip 61 2,395 1.56% 37.70%
great falls 62 58,498 1.80% 39.80%
wolf point 63 2,629 2.66% 39.90%
white sulphur springs 64 1,017 3.88% 43.10%
malmstrom afb 65 3,983 1.80% 39.80%
seeley lake 66 1,430 2.07% 39.90%
scobey 67 1,079 0.72% 38.00%
lakeside 68 2,285 2.65% 38.70%
roundup 69 1,825 2.54% 41.30%
missoula 70 66,982 2.07% 40.10%
clinton 71 950 2.07% 39.90%
lockwood 72 6,606 0.56% 37.90%
somers 73 1,116 2.65% 38.70%
billings 74 104,374 0.56% 37.90%
helena flats 75 1,072 2.65% 38.70%
laurel 76 6,763 0.56% 37.90%
bonner-west riverside 77 1,725 2.07% 39.90%
east missoula 78 2,311 2.07% 39.90%
orchard homes 79 5,491 2.07% 39.90%
sun prairie 80 1,664 1.80% 39.80%
lolo 81 3,374 2.07% 39.90%
absarokee 82 1,093 3.33% 43.20%
frenchtown 83 1,566 2.07% 39.90%
belgrade 84 7,439 4.57% 45.70%
columbus 85 1,982 3.33% 43.20%
plentywood 86 1,626 2.41% 42.40%
glendive 87 4,990 3.15% 43.60%
glasgow 88 3,268 4.56% 45.80%
three forks 89 1,636 4.57% 45.70%
west yellowstone 90 1,413 4.57% 45.70%
park city 91 945 3.33% 43.20%
bozeman 92 37,619 4.57% 46.00%
manhattan 93 1,394 4.57% 45.70%
big sky 94 2,266 4.57% 45.70%
fairview 95 913 4.35% 46.10%
four corners 96 2,998 4.57% 45.70%
west glendive 97 1,997 3.15% 43.60%
gallatin gateway 98 946 4.57% 45.70%
sidney 99 5,360 4.35% 46.10%
churchill 100 1,032 4.57% 45.70%