Montana March 06, 2018
These 9 Cities In Montana Aren’t Big And Aren’t Too Small – They’re Just Right
In Montana, even “big” cities are considered mid-sized by most people’s standards… and that’s just the way we like it. However, we can also admit that sometimes a small town starts to feel, well, too small.
The spots on this list definitely have a small town vibe, but they also have some great amenities and enough people that you won’t know everyone everywhere you go. In other words, they’re just right.
With a population of 7,400, Livingston is far from a big city. But it does have all the amenities you'll ever need -- and if you do get the urge for a big night on the town, Bozeman is a mere 26 miles away.
With a population of just under 7,000, Laurel is a much smaller community than the nearby city of Billings, Montana's largest. But with its delicious eateries like Owl Junction and Mabel's kitchen, natural areas like Riverfront Park, and great nearby hiking trails, you won't be bored here.
We just love this historic little railroad city, population 9,846. Between the burgers at Rod's and the underground tour, Havre Beneath the Streets, there's a lot of character here.
It may be right next to the bustling city of Bozeman, but Belgrade has a character that's all it's own. Plus, with a population of about 8,300, it's a much smaller community.
5. Miles City
If you've ever gone to the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, this place may not seem "just right" in size. But normally, the population is less than 9,000, and the streets are easily walkable and lined with restaurants and shops.
If you have a fondness for both Western and Eastern Montana, you can't go wrong with Lewistown, which sits right in the center of the state. About 6,000 people call it home, and most of them are extremely happy to do so.
Whitefish may seem like a big city because of all the tourism, but the locals know it's actually just the right size. About 7,300 live here permanently, enjoying the delicious dining options, shopping, and abundant outdoor activities.
Dillon's population size is small (less than 4,500), but for a city this size, it's absolutely perfect. The historic downtown area is never too crowded or deserted.
Let's face it: Anaconda is fantastic. And despite Montana's continual growth in size, the population here remains steady between 9,000 and 10,000 people. It's close to Butte and all its festivals and historic attractions, but it maintains a nice, quiet (but not too quiet) atmosphere.
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