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Montana’s
Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles

2020

Montana is the fourth largest state in the country and includes almost 30 million acres of public lands for exploration and adventure. Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and 40 other parklands welcome everything from camping, fishing, horseback riding, cycling, and more. Montana is one of eight Mountain States and is home to around 100 mountain ranges meant for experiencing firsthand. Over 12 million tourists flock to the state’s natural wonders and increase the active culture present in the state. 

Interesting things to know about Montana: 

  • Montana is home to seven state forests and 53 state parks. 
  • The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the continental UNited States. 
  • Montana is the only state to have a border with three Canadian provinces.
21 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to higher blood pressure, poorer liver function, increased stroke risk and larger waistlines.

20 %

The percentage of adults who report lack of physical activity.

25 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher BMI may be an indicator of greater risk to physical health.

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1
Anaconda, Montana
Anaconda
Fit Score: 75.73

Anaconda, MT

Population 9,131
Exercise Opportunities 730
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 250
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 3.9
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 180
Frequent Mental Distress 12

2
Lewistown, Montana
Lewistown
Fit Score: 74.24

Lewistown, MT

Population 5,818
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.68
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 11

3
Whitefish, Montana
Whitefish
Fit Score: 73.16

Whitefish, MT

Population 7,870
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

4
Evergreen, Montana
Evergreen
Fit Score: 73.09

Evergreen, MT

Population 7,552
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

5
Kalispell, Montana
Kalispell
Fit Score: 72.98

Kalispell, MT

Population 23,938
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

6
Columbia Falls, Montana
Columbia Fa.
Fit Score: 72.96

Columbia Falls, MT

Population 5,575
Exercise Opportunities 820
Physical Inactivity 190
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 220
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.12
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

7
Helena Valley West Central, Montana
Helena Vall.
Fit Score: 71.83

Helena Valley West Central, MT

Population 8,622
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

8
Helena, Montana
Helena
Fit Score: 71.11

Helena, MT

Population 32,315
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

9
Polson, Montana
Polson
Fit Score: 71.04

Polson, MT

Population 5,018
Exercise Opportunities 540
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 290
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.08
Smoking 190
Frequent Physical Distress 14
Poor Physical Health Days 4.5
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 190
Frequent Mental Distress 14

10
Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls
Fit Score: 71

Great Falls, MT

Population 58,701
Exercise Opportunities 830
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.03
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 11

11
Helena Valley Southeast, Montana
Helena Vall.
Fit Score: 70.92

Helena Valley Southeast, MT

Population 7,517
Exercise Opportunities 780
Physical Inactivity 170
Access to Healthy Food 60
Obesity 240
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 10

12
Livingston, Montana
Livingston
Fit Score: 70.82

Livingston, MT

Population 7,784
Exercise Opportunities 600
Physical Inactivity 230
Access to Healthy Food 110
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.3
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 200
Frequent Mental Distress 10

13
Belgrade, Montana
Belgrade
Fit Score: 70.57

Belgrade, MT

Population 8,993
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 120
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 240
Frequent Mental Distress 10

14
Billings, Montana
Billings
Fit Score: 70.42

Billings, MT

Population 109,550
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

15
Lockwood, Montana
Lockwood
Fit Score: 70.42

Lockwood, MT

Population 7,503
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

16
Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman
Fit Score: 70.26

Bozeman, MT

Population 48,532
Exercise Opportunities 810
Physical Inactivity 120
Access to Healthy Food 30
Obesity 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Smoking 150
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 240
Frequent Mental Distress 10

17
Laurel, Montana
Laurel
Fit Score: 70.24

Laurel, MT

Population 6,766
Exercise Opportunities 840
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 270
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.21
Smoking 160
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.4
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

18
Miles City, Montana
Miles City
Fit Score: 70.16

Miles City, MT

Population 8,393
Exercise Opportunities 720
Physical Inactivity 260
Access to Healthy Food 200
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 10
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 10

19
Butte, Montana
Butte
Fit Score: 69.06

Butte, MT

Population 34,993
Exercise Opportunities 630
Physical Inactivity 210
Access to Healthy Food 40
Obesity 260
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.8
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 220
Frequent Mental Distress 11

20
Havre, Montana
Havre
Fit Score: 68.58

Havre, MT

Population 9,715
Exercise Opportunities 770
Physical Inactivity 250
Access to Healthy Food 190
Obesity 360
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Smoking 200
Frequent Physical Distress 12
Poor Physical Health Days 4
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 210
Frequent Mental Distress 13

21
Orchard Homes, Montana
Orchard Hom.
Fit Score: 64.92

Orchard Homes, MT

Population 5,588
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 11

22
Sidney, Montana
Sidney
Fit Score: 64.6

Sidney, MT

Population 6,246
Exercise Opportunities 500
Physical Inactivity 270
Access to Healthy Food 90
Obesity 300
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Smoking 170
Frequent Physical Distress 9
Poor Physical Health Days 3.1
Drinking Water Violations No
Excessive Drinking 240
Frequent Mental Distress 10

23
Missoula, Montana
Missoula
Fit Score: 64.46

Missoula, MT

Population 74,428
Exercise Opportunities 930
Physical Inactivity 150
Access to Healthy Food 70
Obesity 230
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Smoking 180
Frequent Physical Distress 11
Poor Physical Health Days 3.7
Drinking Water Violations Yes
Excessive Drinking 260
Frequent Mental Distress 11

How Did We Determine the Top Cities for Fit Lifestyles?

We compiled our list of Best Cities for for Fit Lifestyle by looking at 11 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.