Population of Cities in Montana (2018)

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 110,553 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.

110,553

Missoula

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

75,302

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.

58,438

Bozeman

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

48,952

Helena

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

32,285

Kalispell

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

24,221

Havre

This city was originally known as Bullhook Bottoms.

9,934

Miles City

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

8,333

Name 2018 Population
Billings110,553
Missoula75,302
Great Falls58,438
Bozeman48,952
Butte-Silver Bow balance33,805
Helena32,285
Kalispell24,221
Havre9,934
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County8,959
Belgrade8,702
Miles City8,333
Whitefish7,709
Livingston7,595
Laurel6,717
Sidney6,070
Lewistown5,900
Columbia Falls5,545
Glendive5,016
Polson4,929
Hamilton4,874
Dillon4,383
Hardin3,877
Glasgow3,292
Shelby3,078
Cut Bank3,038
Deer Lodge2,954
Libby2,742
Wolf Point2,706
Conrad2,494
Red Lodge2,277
Colstrip2,257
East Helena2,108
Ronan2,080
Stevensville2,053
Townsend2,022
Columbus1,996
Three Forks1,978
Baker1,952
Malta1,936
Plentywood1,864
Roundup1,852
Forsyth1,821
Manhattan1,811
Choteau1,668
Big Timber1,645
Fort Benton1,452
Thompson Falls1,406
West Yellowstone1,379
Boulder1,272
Chinook1,239
Whitehall1,144
Eureka1,110
Plains1,109
Browning1,041
Scobey1,022
Pinesdale1,007
Harlowton996
Philipsburg990
White Sulphur Springs918
Troy906
Ennis904
Chester892
Fairview846
St. Ignatius838
Harlem827
Poplar824
Superior804
Darby797
Culbertson780
Bridger740
Fairfield714
Walkerville696
Sheridan677
Cascade674
Joliet646
Circle631
Terry629
Wibaux627
Big Sandy586
Hot Springs579
Belt574
Valier486
Broadus463
Lodge Grass454
Fromberg449
Alberton403
Jordan399
Twin Bridges397
Stanford386
Ekalaka373
Drummond372
Sunburst314
Clyde Park309
Bainville304
Dutton302
Hysham297
Nashua282
Geraldine257
Denton247
Fort Peck241
Ryegate238
Brockton235
Medicine Lake233
Lima230
Hobson222
Winifred208
Moore200
Winnett199
Virginia City196
Froid195
Saco195
Broadview187
Richey177
Lavina175
Westby170
Plevna162
Rexford155
Kevin130
Judith Gap125
Dodson124
Hingham122
Grass Range110
Melstone109
Opheim86
Bearcreek86
Flaxville71
Outlook50
Neihart50
Ismay21