Let's be honest, when most people think about Montana, they think of mountains, lakes, and National Parks. I mean, it's called The Last Best Place for a reason, right? While Montana has all of that and more, according to some recent data, we also have some serious crime across the state.

Over the years, Montana has become a hub for illegal activity, especially when it comes to drugs. No, I'm not talking about our friendly hippies baking "special brownies", we're talking about the hard stuff.

A recent national article talked about how Montana has become a destination for fentanyl and how drug dealers are making millions of dollars by selling these illegal drugs at a premium price and killing Montanans in the process.

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It shouldn't come as a surprise that Montana has a crime problem, and according to data, a lot of that is happening in one Montana city.

Which Montana city is one of "the most dangerous" in America?

The website Neighborhood Scout searches cities and towns across the nation and grades them according to their safety and one Montana town didn't get a very good report card.

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The state's biggest city is also the most dangerous. That makes sense based on population, but according to the facts and figures, it's a little more alarming than that. As far as the crime index (100 being the safest) Billings scored a 2. What does that mean? Well, according to the website, that means that Billings, Montana is safer than 2 percent of U.S. Cities.

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This makes the crime rate in Billings one of the highest in America. In fact, according to the data the average person has a 1 in 19 chance of being a victim of either a violent or property crime.

The good news? There are several neighborhoods in Billings considered safe. Here's a look at the Top 5 according to Neighborhood Scout:

  • West Shiloh
  • Lockwood East
  • Baseline/Hesper
  • Broadview/Acton
  • Blue Creek

It's good information to know, especially if you're thinking of moving to the state's largest city. Either way, be safe.

The 7 Most Dangerous Towns In Montana

Based on information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, these are the most dangerous towns in Montana according to population and the number of violent and property crimes.

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Montana's 7 Poorest Cities Ranked

For many Montanans, it's a struggle to make ends meet. With the high cost of housing, several locals have found themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to just getting by. Throw in the fact that prices are on the rise in almost every aspect of our lives and it's not too hard to see why so many Montanans are frustrated and are looking to leave The Treasure State.. Let's take a look at the state's 7 poorest cities according to Stacker.

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The Most "Montana" Towns In Montana

If you're looking for the best that Montana has to offer, you might want to start by asking a local and that is exactly what we did. We wanted to know which Montana towns were the most "Montana" and who better to ask than the folks who were born and raised in The Treasure State?

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