If you've lived in Montana for any time at all, you know that people continue to flock to The Treasure State.

Of course the reasons vary, for some, it's their love of the outdoors.  For others, the idea of living in Big Sky Country is just too tempting to resist. Bigger cities like Bozeman, Billings, and Missoula have seen a big increase in population over the last few years, but those aren't the only areas that people are moving to.

Many of Montana's smaller towns are seeing a big surge when it comes to transplants moving to and calling Montana home.

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Transplants moving to Montana is a hot topic, and while many Montanans welcome their new neighbors, many others do not. In some cases that is even more so when it comes to the smaller towns. Speaking of the smaller towns, recent data shows which Montana small towns are growing the fastest and while a couple on the list might not be a surprise, a few others might be.

Before we reveal The Top 5 Fastest Growing Towns in Montana, let's take a look at the cheapest places to live in The Treasure State.

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Which 5 Montana towns make the list of the fastest-growing?

According to our friends over at Bozeman Real Estate Group, these are the 5 fastest growing towns in Montana and we will start with number 5.

#5 Stevensville, Montana: Stevensville is in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley and has long been known to be a place to enjoy all that Montana has to offer. It has been rumored over the years that multiple celebrities have called the Stevensville area home including Huey Lewis and Hank Williams Jr. Stevensville has seen a population increase of 9.2 percent over the last few years.

#4 Hamilton, Montana: Also in the Bitterroot and just down the road from Stevensville is Hamilton. With small-town charm and a world-class golf course, Hamilton is home to the Daly Mansion as well as the highly guarded Rocky Mountain Laboratories which is a bio-lab located in the middle of town.  Hamilton has seen a population increase of 10 percent in the last few years.

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#3 Red Lodge, Montana: Red Lodge is a popular tourist destination thanks to places like Yellowstone National Park and the Beartooth Highway. The small Montana town is known for its charming downtown, skiing, and hospitality. Red Lodge is the most eastern town on our list and has seen a population increase of 11.1 percent in the last few years.

#2 Libby, Montana: Located in the northwestern part of the state, Libby is surrounded by forests and waterways, making it a paradise for those who love the hike, hunt, and fish.. Downtown is charming and the people are friendly. Once known for its contamination, which resulted in the documentary "Libby, Montana" the risk to its residents has been greatly reduced over the years.  Libby has seen a population increase of 11.3 percent in the last few years.

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So which Montana small town ranks first in population growth?

#1 Whitefish, Montana: It probably won't come as a surprise that Whitefish comes in first place. The small resort town is located close to Glacier National Park and is known for its skiing and small-town charm. However, before you decide to pack up and move to Whitefish, you should know that it's not cheap.  The median price for a home is 1.5 million dollars. Whitefish has seen a population increase of 15.1 percent.

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