These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Montana

We used science and data to determine which places in Montana are the unhappiest of all.

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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:

  1. Pablo
  2. Lame Deer
  3. Hamilton
  4. North Browning
  5. Lakeside
  6. South Browning
  7. Polson
  8. Hardin
  9. Missoula (Photos)
  10. Libby

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 Montana.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Montana

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 108 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.


1. Pablo

Pablo, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,616
People Who Own Their Home: 43.13%
Married Adults: 32.85%

2. Lame Deer

Lame Deer, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,131
People Who Own Their Home: 36.84%
Married Adults: 32.27%

3. Hamilton

Hamilton, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,486
People Who Own Their Home: 45.27%
Married Adults: 41.93%

4. North Browning

Population: 2,363
People Who Own Their Home: 30.03%
Married Adults: 28.27%

5. Lakeside

Lakeside, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,755
People Who Own Their Home: 52.62%
Married Adults: 51.37%

6. South Browning

Population: 2,045
People Who Own Their Home: 29.76%
Married Adults: 38.12%

7. Polson

Polson, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,580
People Who Own Their Home: 39.83%
Married Adults: 43.75%

8. Hardin

Hardin, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,720
People Who Own Their Home: 47.35%
Married Adults: 45.48%

9. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,377
People Who Own Their Home: 44.85%
Married Adults: 38.13%

10. Libby

Libby, Montana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,667
People Who Own Their Home: 47.02%
Married Adults: 35.43%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} 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 {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Montana

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Pablo 1 43.13%
Lame Deer 2 36.84%
Hamilton 3 45.27%
North Browning 4 30.03%
Lakeside 5 52.62%
South Browning 6 29.76%
Polson 7 39.83%
Hardin 8 47.35%
Missoula 9 44.85%
Libby 10 47.02%
East Missoula 11 71.18%
Kalispell 12 48.76%
Bozeman 13 40.93%
Dillon 14 47.0%
Livingston 15 56.86%
Big Sky 16 18.26%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 17 55.56%
Whitefish 18 39.23%
Shelby 19 49.52%
Cut Bank 20 51.36%
Red Lodge 21 40.42%
Billings 22 59.72%
Wolf Point 23 50.91%
Great Falls 24 57.37%
Helena 25 52.27%
Belgrade 26 51.57%
Orchard Homes 27 61.13%
Townsend 28 66.78%
Helena Valley Southeast 29 85.67%
Evergreen 30 66.04%
Columbia Falls 31 52.86%
Glendive 32 54.44%
Lolo 33 83.23%
Lockwood 34 79.12%
Bigfork 35 46.22%
Glasgow 36 54.92%
Conrad 37 59.36%
East Helena 38 58.07%
Sidney 39 57.98%
Miles City 40 60.09%
Columbus 41 67.31%
Havre 42 58.98%
Deer Lodge 43 57.61%
Laurel 44 66.81%
Four Corners 45 66.71%
Helena Valley West Central 46 82.28%
Malmstrom Afb 47 0.79%
Helena Valley Northeast 48 79.39%
Helena Valley Northwest 49 90.01%
Lewistown 50 61.4%
Colstrip 51 75.06%
Montana City 52 90.86%

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.