If you want to escape the rat race of Montana's more populated cities, there are a lot of small rural towns across the state where you can get away from it all.

Ronan, Montana
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Places like Bozeman, Missoula, and Billings have been growing at a rapid pace, and finding somewhere to live in these cities can be a real challenge.

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YouTube user World According to Briggs considered hospitals, internet speed, crime rates, and distance from major metropolitan areas. Using that data, he came up with a list of great rural towns in Montana to retire or buy a home. Towns like Roundup, Townsend, and Big Timber were included in the video.

If it's always been your dream to live in a small town in Montana, you have a lot of options. Housing in many places in Montana is extremely expensive, so it's important to do your research before packing all of your belongings and moving.

Eastern Montana
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Here's the ranking of rural towns in Montana, according to the YouTube video.

7 Best Rural Towns in Montana:

  • #7: Roundup
  • #6: Townsend
  • #5: Big Timber
  • #4: Hungry Horse
  • #3: Lewistown
  • #2: Deer Lodge

All of the towns listed above are great choices if you want to settle down in a small rural town in Montana. If you're curious about what rural town in Montana took the top spot, Whitefish was ranked #1. Whitefish itself isn't necessarily rural, but much of the surrounding area is.


Whitefish is arguably one of Montana's most beautiful small towns, but it's really expensive. Finding an affordable place to live anywhere near Whitefish is nearly impossible. The cost of living in Whitefish is 25% above the national average. Admittedly, there is hiking, skiing, and all kinds of outdoor recreational activities to enjoy near the town.

To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

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