Montana’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

Wild rivers, open ranges, mountains as far as the eye can see — Montana evokes idyllic images of the unspoiled West. Also known as Big Sky Country, Montana joined the Union as the 41st state in 1889. The state’s scenic beauty is on full display at its famous national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier. Though Montana is the fourth-largest state in the US by area, only Alaska and Wyoming have fewer residents. There are more cattle in Big Sky Country than people, who number just over a million. 

Fast facts about Montana:

  • Montana ranks third in the country for number of microbreweries per capita
  • The largest migratory elk herd in the US can be found in Montana
  • There are no major sports teams in the state due its small and scattered population 
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70F in 1954 at a gold mining camp near Rogers Pass 
  • Montana’s Museum of the Rockies houses one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world, including 13 specimens of Tyrannosaurus Rex 

Montana may not have many residents, but it does have plenty of room to move. How does all that open space affect the sleep of folks in Big Sky Country? Do fresh air and stunning views add up to great slumber? Let’s take a peek at our list and see what the numbers tell us. 

28 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

25 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

21 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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Helena Valley West Central, Montana
Helena Vall.
Sleep Score: 85.7

Helena Valley West Central, MT

Population 8,622
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 73,239
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Belgrade, Montana
Belgrade
Sleep Score: 85.68

Belgrade, MT

Population 8,993
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 57,321
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 160
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 240
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 28

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Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman
Sleep Score: 85.25

Bozeman, MT

Population 48,532
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 49,217
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 160
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 240
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 28

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Helena, Montana
Helena
Sleep Score: 84.66

Helena, MT

Population 32,315
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 53,892
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Helena Valley Southeast, Montana
Helena Vall.
Sleep Score: 84.39

Helena Valley Southeast, MT

Population 7,517
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 48,864
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish
Sleep Score: 84.25

Whitefish, MT

Population 7,870
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 49,870
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 220
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 52

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Evergreen, Montana
Evergreen
Sleep Score: 84.15

Evergreen, MT

Population 7,552
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 47,928
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 220
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 52

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Orchard Homes, Montana
Orchard Hom.
Sleep Score: 84.12

Orchard Homes, MT

Population 5,588
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 55,802
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 36

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Kalispell, Montana
Kalispell
Sleep Score: 83.98

Kalispell, MT

Population 23,938
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 44,800
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 220
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 52

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Columbia Falls, Montana
Columbia Fa.
Sleep Score: 83.95

Columbia Falls, MT

Population 5,575
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 44,257
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 220
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 52

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Billings, Montana
Billings
Sleep Score: 83.7

Billings, MT

Population 109,550
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 55,585
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Lockwood, Montana
Lockwood
Sleep Score: 83.7

Lockwood, MT

Population 7,503
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 55,668
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Sidney, Montana
Sidney
Sleep Score: 83.52

Sidney, MT

Population 6,246
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 59,958
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 240
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 38

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Miles City, Montana
Miles City
Sleep Score: 83.51

Miles City, MT

Population 8,393
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 51,503
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 32

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Missoula, Montana
Missoula
Sleep Score: 83.47

Missoula, MT

Population 74,428
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 43,602
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 36

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Lewistown, Montana
Lewistown
Sleep Score: 83.46

Lewistown, MT

Population 5,818
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 40,612
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.68
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 40

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Laurel, Montana
Laurel
Sleep Score: 83.44

Laurel, MT

Population 6,766
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 50,778
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 35

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Butte, Montana
Butte
Sleep Score: 83.37

Butte, MT

Population 34,993
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 47,391
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.8
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 42

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Livingston, Montana
Livingston
Sleep Score: 83.24

Livingston, MT

Population 7,784
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 38,807
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 40

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Anaconda, Montana
Anaconda
Sleep Score: 83.16

Anaconda, MT

Population 9,131
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 41,235
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 36

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Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls
Sleep Score: 82.99

Great Falls, MT

Population 58,701
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 44,725
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.03
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 38

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Polson, Montana
Polson
Sleep Score: 81.88

Polson, MT

Population 5,018
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 33,023
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 4.5
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 4.5
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.08
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 44

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Havre, Montana
Havre
Sleep Score: 81.77

Havre, MT

Population 9,715
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 44,337
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 4
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 38

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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