Even though my relations have lived in Montana for generations, technically, my parents met at college in Oregon, where I was born. But we moved back to Montana when I was 5 and one of the reasons my parents gave was they felt it was the best place to raise me and my brother. I grew up riding horses, fishing, sledding, water skiing, and enjoying all that Montana has to offer.

I'm not alone in feeling like Montana was a great place to grow up, but when there's data to support a personal experience, it feels validating.

WalletHub did a study on the best places to raise a family in America and two Montana cities made this list, but one Montana city ranked in the top 50 for the best places in the country to raise a family.

Unfortunately, Montana isn't as affordable as it used to be. Just take a look at how we rank for daycare costs:

Average Cost of Daycare in Montana & Surrounding States

If you think the cost is ridiculous in Montana, wait until you see how much it is in the surrounding states!

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But when you look at how the best city in Montana ranked for affordability in WalletHub's study, it was in the top 30. Based on affordability alone, you may not be surprised to learn that Billings, Montana, ranked in the top 50 as one of the best places to raise a family. Here's how Billings did in each individual category:

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Billings, Montana

  • Family Fun Rank: 138
  • Health and Safety Rank: 127
  • Education and Child Care Rank: 51
  • Affordability Rank: 27
  • Socio-Economics Rank: 48
  • Overall: 45

Having lived there for 10 years, I saw many ways the Billings community supports families. But I'm surprised it didn't rank higher in the "family fun" category.

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10 Montana Cities Ranked by How Diverse They Are

Montana may not be known for its diversity but it is interesting to see the diversity within the state. WalletHub did a 2024 study of diversity in U.S. cities and we've pulled out the Montana cities below. Not all variables from the study are included, but you can get an idea of how diverse each city is.

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