Ah BIG SKY COUNTRY! It is a place we call home, and many other people are looking to call home. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen real estate get eaten up by "COVID refugees." People looking for a less densely populated area to raise their families. Outside of Wyoming, Montana has got to be one the least densely populated states in the country.

In fact...Montana has only 7 people per square mile. Compare that to California which is 253 people per square mile. YUCK! No wonder people are looking to spread out a little. Let's just hope they do their research before packing the family up in the U-Haul and making their way to the Treasure State.

The website roadsnacks.net crunched the numbers on what the worst places to live in Montana were for the year 2021. They went off of a specific data for each of 32 cities in the study.

  • Population
  • Median Home Value
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Crime Rate

According to their data, the town of Polson claims the top spot as "The Worst Place to Live in Montana."

According to roadsnacks.net

Not only does Polson have Montana's 2nd lowest home value rank, but it also had the 4th and 5th highest rankings in unemployment and crime respectively.

The town of Stevensville is not far behind, coming in at number 3 in the worst palces to live in Montana.

According to roadsnack.net

Income levels are far lower than the state average, and the schools are some of the least funded in the state. Plus, you have a 1 in 90.9 chance of being robbed every year.

And, just 17 miles south of Stevensville, you have the jewel of the Bitterroot. Hamilton made the top 10 list of worst places to live in Montana. Coming in at number 6.

According to the data from roadsnacks.net

The average household brings in about $32,006 a year, and 19.2% of them live below the poverty line. Residents here have a 1 in 31.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Check out the other places that made the Top 10 worst places to live in Montana for 2021.

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