Before we get into the details of this study I found on Wallet Hub, let me start by saying that I love Montana and living here.

I'm sure there are those of you who don't feel the same as I do, and that's totally fine.

But in my opinion, Montana is one of the best-kept secrets regarding livability.

Yes, we have challenges, just like any other state does.

A Things That Come To Mind...

  • Wages
  • Home Availability
  • Access to Amenities

Finding A Place To Call Home

But at the end of the day, I can deal with a few challenges to have what we have.

After all, selecting a place to establish as your home can be challenging.

It requires balancing factors such as the cost of living, employment prospects, educational excellence, and safety considerations.

Personal inclinations also play a pivotal role, as the ideal location should align with your desires for attractions, leisure pursuits, and climatic conditions.

Fortunately, the array of options spans all 50 states, encompassing the icy terrains of Alaska to the sun-soaked environs of Florida, each boasting unique advantages and disadvantages.

Engaging in a quantitative assessment, certain states distinctly outshine others across diverse spheres.

The Details of the Study

To unveil the most desirable states for residency, WalletHub conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the 50 states based on 51 critical benchmarks of livability.

These benchmarks encompass a spectrum ranging from housing affordability and income progression to educational enrollment rates and the caliber of healthcare facilities.

How Does  Montana Stack Up?


Montana Livability study from Wallet Hub
Montana Livability study from Wallet Hub

WalletHub's Top 15 Best States To Live

In order to determine the best and worst states to live in, WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economy, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life, and 5) Safety.

We evaluated those dimensions using 51 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable living conditions. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), the square root of the population was used to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across states.

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