Montana January 25, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Montana To Live
Even the wonderful state of Montana is not without its criminals. While this state is still considered a very safe place to live, as far as crime statistics go, some cities are safer than others. Late last year, an article was released after studying three years’ worth of FBI crime data. Based on that, these cities and towns (all with populations of over 1,000) were ranked the least safe in Montana.
Based on the FBI data, Polson has the most property crime per capita of any city in the state. If you lived here in 2013, you had a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
Yikes...Ronan City is ranked first for violent crime in Montana. But with a 1 in 128 chance of being the victim of violence, your odds still aren’t terrible.
As the most populated city in Montana, Billings was bound to make this list. The city is 2nd in the state for property crime, but rated 10th for violent crime.
4. Wolf Point
This small town in northeastern Montana is the 2nd most violent part of the state, with your odds being 1 in 173 of being a victim. The good news is that instances of property crime dropped 47% between 2011 and 2013.
Hamilton is a beautiful city, but this west-central spot is ranked 3rd in the state for violent crime. But according to the FBI’s data, both property crime and violent crime appear to be decreasing.
Havre is ranked 4th in the state for violent crime rates, with residents having a 5% chance of being the victim of theft or arson. While it is currently ranked number 6 in the state for violent crime, there was a large drop in violent crime rates between 2011 and 2013.
Your odds of being the victim of a violent crime in Kalispell are quite low—the city ranks 18th in the state. Unfortunately they are number 7 in Montana for violent crime rates, which went up 11% from 2011-2013.
The second most populated city in Montana is ranked at number 8 in the state for violent crime. Between 2011 and 2013, violent crime rose by 14% and property crime rose by 20%.
Our state capital is 9th in the state for both property crime and violent crime. In 2013, residents of Helena had a 1 in 263 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
10. Cut Bank
Located in northwestern Montana, Cut Bank barely makes the list—but that’s only because violent crime rates fell an impressive 45% between 2011 and 2013. It is now ranked 8th in the state for violent crime.
What do you think about this list? Do you think it’s accurate, or do you think next year’s list will be different?