Population of Cities in Montana (2019)

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.

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

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 110,668 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.

110,668

Missoula

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

76,771

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.

58,068

Bozeman

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

50,803

Helena

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

32,843

Kalispell

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

24,951

Havre

This city was originally known as Bullhook Bottoms.

9,978

Miles City

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

8,176

Name 2019 Population Location
Billings110,668Map
Missoula76,771Map
Great Falls58,068Map
Bozeman50,803Map
Butte-Silver Bow balance33,781Map
Helena32,843Map
Kalispell24,951Map
Havre9,978Map
Belgrade8,926Map
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County8,896Map
Miles City8,176Map
Whitefish7,924Map
Livingston7,692Map
Laurel6,643Map
Lewistown5,915Map
Sidney5,822Map
Columbia Falls5,697Map
Polson5,005Map
Hamilton4,974Map
Glendive4,858Map
Dillon4,446Map
Hardin3,901Map
Glasgow3,256Map
Cut Bank3,051Map
Shelby3,009Map
Deer Lodge2,934Map
Libby2,774Map
Wolf Point2,656Map
Conrad2,466Map
Red Lodge2,297Map
Colstrip2,230Map
East Helena2,125Map
Ronan2,112Map
Stevensville2,098Map
Townsend2,044Map
Three Forks1,995Map
Columbus1,980Map
Baker1,933Map
Malta1,929Map
Manhattan1,871Map
Roundup1,858Map
Plentywood1,844Map
Forsyth1,797Map
Choteau1,659Map
Big Timber1,645Map
Fort Benton1,450Map
Thompson Falls1,431Map
West Yellowstone1,392Map
Boulder1,293Map
Chinook1,242Map
Whitehall1,159Map
Plains1,128Map
Eureka1,122Map
Browning1,046Map
Pinesdale1,027Map
Philipsburg1,025Map
Scobey1,017Map
Harlowton1,002Map
White Sulphur Springs923Map
Troy914Map
Ennis911Map
Chester896Map
St. Ignatius845Map
Harlem829Map
Darby814Map
Poplar809Map
Fairview808Map
Superior793Map
Culbertson768Map
Bridger744Map
Fairfield708Map
Walkerville694Map
Sheridan677Map
Cascade667Map
Joliet649Map
Terry639Map
Circle637Map
Wibaux616Map
Hot Springs590Map
Big Sandy584Map
Belt567Map
Valier480Map
Lodge Grass458Map
Broadus454Map
Fromberg451Map
Jordan399Map
Twin Bridges398Map
Alberton396Map
Stanford387Map
Drummond384Map
Ekalaka383Map
Clyde Park309Map
Sunburst302Map
Dutton299Map
Bainville299Map
Hysham295Map
Nashua278Map
Geraldine255Map
Denton247Map
Ryegate239Map
Fort Peck238Map
Lima233Map
Brockton231Map
Medicine Lake229Map
Hobson224Map
Winifred209Map
Winnett206Map
Moore201Map
Virginia City195Map
Saco194Map
Froid192Map
Broadview184Map
Lavina176Map
Richey172Map
Westby168Map
Rexford157Map
Plevna155Map
Judith Gap126Map
Kevin126Map
Dodson124Map
Hingham122Map
Grass Range111Map
Melstone110Map
Bearcreek87Map
Opheim85Map
Flaxville71Map
Neihart50Map
Outlook49Map
Ismay21Map