Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Montana?
According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Montana – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.
But, we were curious – which Montana cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.
After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Treasure State:
- Lame Deer
- North Browning
- South Browning
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.
Oh, and by the way, Montana City is the happiest place in MT.
How do you decide if a city in Montana is miserable or not?
In order to rank the unhappiest places in Montana, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.
So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:
- Percentage of residents with a college degree
- Average commute times
- Unemployment rates
- Cost of living
- % of married couples
- % of home owners
- Poverty rate
After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 52 places in Montana with over 2,000 people.
We then ranked each place from one to 52 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).
Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index “earning” the title “Most Miserable City In Montana”.
If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.
Population: 2,616People Who Own Their Home: 43.1%
Married Adults: 32.9%
2. Lame Deer
Population: 2,131People Who Own Their Home: 36.8%
Married Adults: 32.3%
Population: 4,486People Who Own Their Home: 45.3%
Married Adults: 41.9%
4. North Browning
Population: 2,363People Who Own Their Home: 30.0%
Married Adults: 28.3%
Population: 2,755People Who Own Their Home: 52.6%
Married Adults: 51.4%
6. South Browning
Population: 2,045People Who Own Their Home: 29.8%
Married Adults: 38.1%
Population: 4,580People Who Own Their Home: 39.8%
Married Adults: 43.7%
Population: 3,720People Who Own Their Home: 47.4%
Married Adults: 45.5%
Population: 68,377People Who Own Their Home: 44.9%
Married Adults: 38.1%
Population: 2,667People Who Own Their Home: 47.0%
Married Adults: 35.4%
There You Have It
Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in Montana is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in MT, according to science:
Most Happy: Montana City
2nd Most Happy: Colstrip
3rd Most Happy: Lewistown
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Montana
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|Helena Valley Northeast||48|
|Helena Valley Northwest||49|