These Are The 10 Whitest Cities In Montana For 2018


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

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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 1,000, we came up with this list as the whitest cities in Montana for 2018:

  1. Fort Benton (Jobs)
  2. Libby (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Whitefish (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Manhattan (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Scobey (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Deer Lodge (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Columbia Falls (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Hamilton (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Forsyth (Jobs)
  10. Thompson Falls (Photos | Jobs)

If you’re wondering, Hardin 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.

How we determined the whitest places in Montana for 2018

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, but being one of the whitest cities in Montana means much more than just having a high percentage of folks who are of the Caucasian persuasion.

These are cities jam-packed with all the stuff white folks love, based on everyone’s favorite stereotypes. After breaking it down, we came up with following criteria to run on 51 cities:

  • Percentage of population that’s white
  • Whole Foods per capita
  • Farmers markets per capita
  • Vegan restaurants per capita
  • Pottery Barns per capita
  • Yoga studios per capita

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 1,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 51 in each category, where 1 was the whitest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a whiteness index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest whiteness index the ‘Whitest City In Montana.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Fort Benton.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in whitebread central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from whitest to most diverse in Montana.

1. Fort Benton


Population: 1,325
Percent White: 99.7%
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2. Libby

Libby, Montana

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Population: 2,674
Percent White: 97.3%
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3. Whitefish

Whitefish, Montana

Population: 6,859
Percent White: 96.5%
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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.

4. Manhattan

Manhattan, Montana

Population: 1,300
Percent White: 96.5%
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5. Scobey

Scobey, Montana

Population: 1,175
Percent White: 96.4%
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6. Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge, Montana

Population: 3,062
Percent White: 96.0%
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7. Columbia Falls

Columbia Falls, Montana

Population: 4,960
Percent White: 94.7%
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Columbia Falls is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 4,710 at the 2010 census

8. Hamilton

Hamilton, Montana

Population: 4,539
Percent White: 94.5%
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9. Forsyth


Population: 1,837
Percent White: 94.4%
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10. Thompson Falls

Thompson Falls, Montana

Population: 1,153
Percent White: 94.4%
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There You Have It – The Whitest of The White Bread In Montana

Measuring both the locations with the highest percentage of white people, as well as the number of stereo-typically white venues, this list provides accurate information on the whitest places in Montana.

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Detailed List Of The Whitest Cities In Montana for 2018

Rank City Population Percent White
1
Fort Benton 1,325 99.7%
2
Libby 2,674 97.3%
3
Whitefish 6,859 96.5%
4
Manhattan 1,300 96.5%
5
Scobey 1,175 96.4%
6
Deer Lodge 3,062 96.0%
7
Columbia Falls 4,960 94.7%
8
Hamilton 4,539 94.5%
9
Forsyth 1,837 94.4%
10
Thompson Falls 1,153 94.4%
11
Laurel 6,931 94.3%
12
Conrad 2,587 93.1%
13
Choteau 1,714 92.9%
14
Miles City 8,667 92.8%
15
Baker 1,866 92.6%
16
Malta 1,806 92.5%
17
Kalispell 21,619 92.4%
18
Red Lodge 2,328 92.1%
19
Lewistown 5,868 92.0%
20
West Yellowstone 1,139 91.9%
21
Livingston 7,210 91.3%
22
Townsend 1,941 91.2%
23
Belgrade 7,874 91.1%
24
Dillon 4,214 91.0%
25
Columbus 2,208 91.0%
26
Helena 30,102 91.0%
27
Three Forks 2,083 90.9%
28
Roundup 1,824 90.8%
29
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 9,176 90.7%
30
Stevensville 2,016 90.6%
31
Bozeman 41,761 90.5%
32
Glendive 5,353 90.5%
33
Boulder 1,144 90.2%
34
Big Timber 1,484 89.7%
35
Plentywood 1,881 89.4%
36
Sidney 6,407 89.1%
37
Missoula 70,117 88.9%
38
Eureka 1,280 88.7%
39
Chinook 1,047 88.3%
40
Glasgow 3,363 86.5%
41
Billings 109,089 86.1%
42
Great Falls 59,479 84.9%
43
Shelby 3,160 84.3%
44
East Helena 2,286 83.2%
45
Havre 9,815 81.5%
46
Colstrip 2,288 69.1%
47
Polson 4,674 67.0%
48
Cut Bank 2,993 58.7%
49
Ronan 1,919 52.4%
50
Wolf Point 2,801 43.4%
51
Hardin 3,803 40.9%

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