Population of Cities in Montana (2019)

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 110,668 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
Billings110,668
Missoula76,771
Great Falls58,068
Bozeman50,803
Butte-Silver Bow balance33,781
Helena32,843
Kalispell24,951
Havre9,978
Belgrade8,926
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County8,896
Miles City8,176
Whitefish7,924
Livingston7,692
Laurel6,643
Lewistown5,915
Sidney5,822
Columbia Falls5,697
Polson5,005
Hamilton4,974
Glendive4,858
Dillon4,446
Hardin3,901
Glasgow3,256
Cut Bank3,051
Shelby3,009
Deer Lodge2,934
Libby2,774
Wolf Point2,656
Conrad2,466
Red Lodge2,297
Colstrip2,230
East Helena2,125
Ronan2,112
Stevensville2,098
Townsend2,044
Three Forks1,995
Columbus1,980
Baker1,933
Malta1,929
Manhattan1,871
Roundup1,858
Plentywood1,844
Forsyth1,797
Choteau1,659
Big Timber1,645
Fort Benton1,450
Thompson Falls1,431
West Yellowstone1,392
Boulder1,293
Chinook1,242
Whitehall1,159
Plains1,128
Eureka1,122
Browning1,046
Pinesdale1,027
Philipsburg1,025
Scobey1,017
Harlowton1,002
White Sulphur Springs923
Troy914
Ennis911
Chester896
St. Ignatius845
Harlem829
Darby814
Poplar809
Fairview808
Superior793
Culbertson768
Bridger744
Fairfield708
Walkerville694
Sheridan677
Cascade667
Joliet649
Terry639
Circle637
Wibaux616
Hot Springs590
Big Sandy584
Belt567
Valier480
Lodge Grass458
Broadus454
Fromberg451
Jordan399
Twin Bridges398
Alberton396
Stanford387
Drummond384
Ekalaka383
Clyde Park309
Sunburst302
Dutton299
Bainville299
Hysham295
Nashua278
Geraldine255
Denton247
Ryegate239
Fort Peck238
Lima233
Brockton231
Medicine Lake229
Hobson224
Winifred209
Winnett206
Moore201
Virginia City195
Saco194
Froid192
Broadview184
Lavina176
Richey172
Westby168
Rexford157
Plevna155
Judith Gap126
Kevin126
Dodson124
Hingham122
Grass Range111
Melstone110
Bearcreek87
Opheim85
Flaxville71
Neihart50
Outlook49
Ismay21