Population of Cities in Montana (2017)

0
Over 1 Million
1
100,000 to 1 Million
6
10,000 to 100,000

Montana is one of the least populated states in the U.S. Its population of 1,052,343 puts it at 44th in terms of population when compared to the other states. Not surprisingly, there is just one city that has a population of over 100,000, which is Billings. As of 2017, this city had a population of 110,263. Coming in second place is Missoula, with a population of over 71,000, followed by Great Falls with a population that’s approaching 60,000 inhabitants. In total there are six cities in Montana with populations of at least 10,000, which includes Helena, the state capital.

There are a total of 129 incorporated municipalities that are designated as cities or towns. These are spread across the state’s 56 counties. Breaking this down further, Montana divides its cities into three different classes: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. First Class cities have populations of over 10,000, Second Class cities have populations between 5,000 and 10,000, while Third Class cities have populations between 1,000 and 5,000. An increase or decrease in population can lead to a change in classes. Looking at individual municipalities, Ismay in Custer County is the smallest town with a population of just 19 inhabitants, while the smallest city is Judith Gap in Wheatland County, with a population of just 126 people.

Montana has 0 cities with more than a million people, 1 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 6 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Montana is Billings, with a population of 110,263 people.

Billings

Billings is a rapidly growing city because it did not face the economic downturn that affected the rest of the United States, and the discovery of oil has made this a prosperous area.

110,263

Missoula

Five mountain ranges meet in Missoula, earning it the nickname Hub of Five Valleys.

71,022

Great Falls

Great Falls is the location of five waterfalls, and with the addition of hydroelectric dams to these falls, the city is nicknamed Electric City.

59,638

Bozeman

Bozeman -- which was founded in 1864 and incorporated as a city in 1883 -- is the home of Montana State University.

43,405

Helena

Helena became one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. after billions of dollars in gold was discovered here.

30,581

Kalispell

Kalispell is the largest city in the northwestern region of the state.

22,052

Havre

This city was originally known as Bullhook Bottoms.

9,834

Miles City

Tubing in the Tongue River is a popular activity for residents and visitors.

8,796

Name 2017 Population
Billings110,263
Missoula71,022
Great Falls59,638
Bozeman43,405
Butte-Silver Bow balance33,922
Helena30,581
Kalispell22,052
Havre9,834
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County9,139
Miles City8,796
Belgrade8,029
Livingston7,302
Whitefish7,073
Laurel6,943
Sidney6,828
Lewistown5,874
Glendive5,490
Columbia Falls5,093
Polson4,707
Hamilton4,602
Dillon4,210
Hardin3,800
Glasgow3,414
Shelby3,268
Cut Bank3,002
Deer Lodge2,965
Wolf Point2,850
Libby2,645
Conrad2,593
Colstrip2,336
Red Lodge2,222
East Helena2,057
Columbus2,042
Baker2,011
Ronan1,981
Malta1,963
Townsend1,959
Three Forks1,926
Plentywood1,923
Stevensville1,922
Forsyth1,892
Roundup1,836
Choteau1,696
Big Timber1,648
Manhattan1,631
Fort Benton1,460
West Yellowstone1,339
Thompson Falls1,332
Chinook1,228
Boulder1,207
Whitehall1,094
Eureka1,074
Plains1,051
Scobey1,033
Browning1,027
Harlowton979
Fairview962
Pinesdale954
White Sulphur Springs910
Philipsburg884
Ennis884
Chester883
Troy877
Poplar871
Superior839
Harlem822
St. Ignatius817
Culbertson815
Darby747
Fairfield733
Bridger729
Walkerville700
Cascade696
Sheridan677
Wibaux666
Joliet638
Circle613
Terry597
Belt596
Big Sandy593
Hot Springs547
Valier508
Broadus488
Lodge Grass445
Fromberg444
Alberton424
Jordan399
Twin Bridges394
Stanford381
Sunburst351
Ekalaka345
Drummond336
Bainville318
Dutton312
Clyde Park309
Hysham304
Nashua296
Geraldine263
Fort Peck251
Denton248
Brockton246
Medicine Lake244
Ryegate236
Lima222
Hobson216
Froid205
Winifred205
Saco201
Moore200
Virginia City199
Broadview196
Richey192
Plevna183
Winnett179
Westby176
Lavina171
Rexford147
Kevin143
Judith Gap125
Dodson124
Hingham123
Grass Range110
Melstone106
Opheim89
Bearcreek83
Flaxville71
Outlook53
Neihart51
Ismay21