Whitest Cities In Montana For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Montana are whiter than wonder bread.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the whitest cities in Montana.

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You’re at your local Whole Foods shopping for kale chips and asparagus water, trying to work out if you’ll have time to stop at the Pottery Barn before you head to your yoga class taught by a girl named Sage. It hits you: you’re leading the whitest life imaginable.

But does that mean the city you live in is one of the whitest places in Montana?

Don’t worry, we’ve figured it out for you. Using actual census data combined with our favorite white people stereotypes (as confirmed by the internet), we can determine which cities are the whitest of the white in Treasure State.

After analyzing cities with populations greater than 5,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Montana for 2020.

Here are the 10 whites places in Montana for 2020:

  1. Whitefish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Miles City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Kalispell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lewistown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Livingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Belgrade (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bozeman (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re wondering, Havre is the least white city of all those we measured.

Read on below to see where your hometown ranked and why. Or check out the whitest states in America and the most diverse states in America.

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The 10 Whitest Cities In Montana For 2020

Whitefish, MT

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Population: 7,309
% White: 96.92%
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Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census. It is home to a ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Laurel, MT

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Population: 6,849
% White: 93.68%
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Laurel is a city in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. It is the third largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is located in the Yellowstone Valley, as an east-west terminal division point of the Burlington-Northern Railroad. The population was 6,781 at the 2010 census.

Miles City, MT

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Population: 8,576
% White: 92.63%
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Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.

Kalispell, MT

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Population: 22,621
% White: 92.58%
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Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.

Lewistown, MT

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Population: 5,895
% White: 92.52%
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Lewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. The population was 5,901 at the 2010 census. Lewistown is located in central Montana, the geographic center of the state, southeast of Great Falls. First planned in 1882, it was the site of an 1880s gold rush.

Livingston, MT

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Population: 7,478
% White: 91.8%
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Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

Belgrade, MT

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Population: 8,345
% White: 91.71%
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Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT

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Population: 9,100
% White: 90.26%
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Deer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298. It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda. The county was founded in 1865.

Helena, MT

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Population: 31,212
% White: 90.17%
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Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Bozeman, MT

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Population: 45,121
% White: 90.09%
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Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.

How we determined the whitest places in Montana for 2020

In order to rank the whitest places in Montana, we had to determine what measurable criteria defines whiteness.

Obviously we had to count how many white people living there, specifically the percentage of white people living in each city in Montana.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as White alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 15 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are White. The percentages ranked from 96.9% to 79.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of White population with a higher score being more White than a lower score. Whitefish took the distinction of being the most White, while Havre was the least White city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana ranked by population of White residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It – White Populations Across Montana

Measuring the locations with the highest percentage of white people, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Montana according to the most recent data.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least White places in Montana:

  1. Havre
  2. Great Falls
  3. Billings

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Montana

Rank City % White Population
1 Whitefish 96.92% 7,309
2 Laurel 93.68% 6,849
3 Miles City 92.63% 8,576
4 Kalispell 92.58% 22,621
5 Lewistown 92.52% 5,895
6 Livingston 91.8% 7,478
7 Belgrade 91.71% 8,345
8 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 90.26% 9,100
9 Helena 90.17% 31,212
10 Bozeman 90.09% 45,121
11 Missoula 88.64% 72,125
12 Sidney 87.23% 6,475
13 Billings 85.08% 109,431
14 Great Falls 84.49% 58,990
15 Havre 79.34% 9,762

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