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Montana in United States
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Montana is a state located in the Western United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Montana is the 7th least populous state with &&&&&&&&&0989417.&&&&&0989,417 inhabitants but the 4th largest by land area spanning 145,545.80 square miles (376,961.9 km2) of land. Montana is divided into 56 counties and contains 129 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities and towns. Montana's municipalities cover only 1.2% of the state's land mass but are home to 53.8% of its population. The Montana Code 7-1-4124 gives municipal governments in Montana powers to enact ordinances, borrow money, and enact eminent domain among other legal powers.

In Montana, municipalities are divided into four classes by state statute based on their population. Members of the three largest classes are deemed cities, while the members of the fourth class are called towns. Cities and towns are classified at the time of their organization, and are reorganized when they change classification due to an increase or decrease in population. A place may incorporate as a town with the support of 300 electors or two-thirds of the registered electors. A municipality with a population between 1,000 and 5,000 people is a Third Class city. A municipality with a population between 5,000 and 10,000 people is a Second Class city. And a municipality with a population over 10,000 people is a First Class city. Under certain exceptions municipalities with a population of between 9,000 and 10,000 may elect by resolution to be either a First or Second Class city. Under similar exceptions municipalities with a population of between 5,000 and 7,500 may elect by resolution to be either a Second or Third Class city. Municipalities with a population of between 1,000 and 2,500 may by resolution be classified as either a town or Third Class city. Unincorporated places such as census-designated places fall outside of this scheme, and are subject to county governance, and thus are not towns or cities.

The largest municipality by population in Montana is Billings with 104,170 residents, and the smallest municipality by population is Ismay with 19 residents. The largest municipality by land area is Anaconda, a consolidated city-county, which spans 736.53 sq mi (1,907.6 km2), while Rexford and Flaxville are the smallest at 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2).

List of cities and towns

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      State capital and county seatState capital

Name Type County Population
(2010)
Population
(2000)
Change Land area
(2010)
Population density
sq mi km2
Alberton Town Mineral 420 374 &10000000000000012299465+12.3% 0.57 1.5 736.8/sq mi (284.5/km2)
AnacondaCounty seat Consolidated city-county Deer Lodge 9,298 9,417 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.3% 736.53 1,907.6 12.6/sq mi (4.9/km2)
Bainville Town Roosevelt 208 153 &10000000000000035947712+35.9% 1.02 2.6 203.9/sq mi (78.7/km2)
BakerCounty seat City Fallon 1,741 1,695 &10000000000000002713864+2.7% 0.97 2.5 1,794.8/sq mi (693.0/km2)
Bearcreek Town Carbon 79 83 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.8% 0.12 0.31 658.3/sq mi (254.2/km2)
Belgrade City Gallatin 7,389 5,728 &10000000000000028997905+29.0% 3.25 8.4 2,273.5/sq mi (877.8/km2)
Belt Town Cascade 597 633 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.7% 0.35 0.91 1,705.7/sq mi (658.6/km2)
Big Sandy Town Chouteau 598 703 Template:Number table sorting/negative−14.9% 0.44 1.1 1,359.1/sq mi (524.8/km2)
Big TimberCounty seat City Sweet Grass 1,641 1,650 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.5% 0.92 2.4 1,783.7/sq mi (688.7/km2)
BillingsCounty seat City Yellowstone 104,170 89,847 &10000000000000015941545+15.9% 43.41 112.4 2,399.7/sq mi (926.5/km2)
BoulderCounty seat Town Jefferson 1,183 1,300 Template:Number table sorting/negative−9.0% 1.13 2.9 1,046.9/sq mi (404.2/km2)
BozemanCounty seat City Gallatin 37,280 27,509 &10000000000000035519284+35.5% 19.12 49.5 1,949.8/sq mi (752.8/km2)
Bridger Town Carbon 708 745 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.0% 0.80 2.1 885.0/sq mi (341.7/km2)
BroadusCounty seat Town Powder River 468 451 &10000000000000003769401+3.8% 0.34 0.88 1,376.5/sq mi (531.5/km2)
Broadview Town Yellowstone 192 150 &10000000000000028000000+28.0% 0.26 0.67 738.5/sq mi (285.1/km2)
Brockton Town Roosevelt 255 245 &10000000000000004081632+4.1% 0.23 0.60 1,108.7/sq mi (428.1/km2)
Browning Town Glacier 1,016 1,065 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.6% 0.27 0.70 3,763.0/sq mi (1,452.9/km2)
ButteCounty seat Consolidated city-county Silver Bow 33,525 33,892 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.1% 716.25 1,855.1 46.8/sq mi (18.1/km2)
Cascade Town Cascade 685 819 Template:Number table sorting/negative−16.4% 0.52 1.3 1,317.3/sq mi (508.6/km2)
ChesterCounty seat Town Liberty 847 871 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.8% 0.48 1.2 1,764.6/sq mi (681.3/km2)
ChinookCounty seat City Blaine 1,203 1,386 Template:Number table sorting/negative−13.2% 0.51 1.3 2,358.8/sq mi (910.7/km2)
ChoteauCounty seat City Teton 1,684 1,781 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.4% 1.83 4.7 920.2/sq mi (355.3/km2)
CircleCounty seat Town McCone 615 644 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.5% 0.78 2.0 788.5/sq mi (304.4/km2)
Clyde Park Town Park 288 310 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.1% 0.32 0.83 900.0/sq mi (347.5/km2)
Colstrip City Rosebud 2,214 2,346 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.6% 4.47 11.6 495.3/sq mi (191.2/km2)
Columbia Falls City Flathead 4,688 3,645 &10000000000000028614540+28.6% 2.05 5.3 2,286.8/sq mi (882.9/km2)
ColumbusCounty seat Town Stillwater 1,893 1,748 &10000000000000008295194+8.3% 1.32 3.4 1,434.1/sq mi (553.7/km2)
ConradCounty seat City Pondera 2,570 2,753 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.6% 1.25 3.2 2,056.0/sq mi (793.8/km2)
Culbertson Town Roosevelt 714 716 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.3% 0.60 1.6 1,190.0/sq mi (459.5/km2)
Cut BankCounty seat City Glacier 2,869 3,105 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.6% 0.99 2.6 2,898.0/sq mi (1,118.9/km2)
Darby Town Ravalli 720 710 &10000000000000001408450+1.4% 0.58 1.5 1,241.4/sq mi (479.3/km2)
Deer LodgeCounty seat City Powell 3,111 3,421 Template:Number table sorting/negative−9.1% 1.44 3.7 2,160.4/sq mi (834.1/km2)
Denton Town Fergus 255 301 Template:Number table sorting/negative−15.3% 0.76 2.0 335.5/sq mi (129.5/km2)
DillonCounty seat City Beaverhead 4,134 3,752 &10000000000000010181236+10.2% 1.76 4.6 2,348.9/sq mi (906.9/km2)
Dodson Town Phillips 124 122 &10000000000000001639344+1.6% 0.19 0.49 652.6/sq mi (252.0/km2)
Drummond Town Granite 309 318 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.8% 0.53 1.4 583.0/sq mi (225.1/km2)
Dutton Town Teton 316 389 Template:Number table sorting/negative−18.8% 0.31 0.80 1,019.4/sq mi (393.6/km2)
East Helena City Lewis and Clark 1,984 1,642 &10000000000000020828258+20.8% 1.73 4.5 1,146.8/sq mi (442.8/km2)
EkalakaCounty seat Town Carter 332 410 Template:Number table sorting/negative−19.0% 1.04 2.7 319.2/sq mi (123.2/km2)
Ennis Town Madison 838 840 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.2% 0.77 2.0 1,088.3/sq mi (420.2/km2)
Eureka Town Lincoln 1,037 1,017 &10000000000000001966568+2.0% 1.01 2.6 1,026.7/sq mi (396.4/km2)
Fairfield Town Teton 708 659 &10000000000000007435508+7.4% 0.31 0.80 2,283.9/sq mi (881.8/km2)
Fairview Town Richland 840 709 &10000000000000018476727+18.5% 0.97 2.5 866.0/sq mi (334.4/km2)
Flaxville Town Daniels 71 87 Template:Number table sorting/negative−18.4% 0.10 0.26 710.0/sq mi (274.1/km2)
ForsythCounty seat City Rosebud 1,777 1,944 Template:Number table sorting/negative−8.6% 0.99 2.6 1,794.9/sq mi (693.0/km2)
Fort BentonCounty seat City Chouteau 1,464 1,594 Template:Number table sorting/negative−8.2% 2.07 5.4 707.2/sq mi (273.1/km2)
Fort Peck Town Valley 233 240 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.9% 0.86 2.2 270.9/sq mi (104.6/km2)
Froid Town Roosevelt 185 195 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.1% 0.28 0.73 660.7/sq mi (255.1/km2)
Fromberg Town Carbon 438 486 Template:Number table sorting/negative−9.9% 0.48 1.2 912.5/sq mi (352.3/km2)
Geraldine Town Chouteau 261 284 Template:Number table sorting/negative−8.1% 0.52 1.3 501.9/sq mi (193.8/km2)
GlasgowCounty seat City Valley 3,250 3,253 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.1% 1.43 3.7 2,272.7/sq mi (877.5/km2)
GlendiveCounty seat City Dawson 4,935 4,729 &10000000000000004356100+4.4% 3.32 8.6 1,486.4/sq mi (573.9/km2)
Grass Range Town Fergus 110 149 Template:Number table sorting/negative−26.2% 0.15 0.39 733.3/sq mi (283.1/km2)
Great FallsCounty seat City Cascade 58,505 56,690 &10000000000000003201622+3.2% 21.79 56.4 2,684.9/sq mi (1,036.6/km2)
HamiltonCounty seat City Ravalli 4,348 3,705 &10000000000000017354925+17.4% 2.53 6.6 1,718.6/sq mi (663.6/km2)
HardinCounty seat City Big Horn 3,505 3,384 &10000000000000003575650+3.6% 2.57 6.7 1,363.8/sq mi (526.6/km2)
Harlem City Blaine 808 848 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.7% 0.43 1.1 1,879.1/sq mi (725.5/km2)
HarlowtonCounty seat City Wheatland 997 1,062 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.1% 0.58 1.5 1,719.0/sq mi (663.7/km2)
HavreCounty seat City Hill 9,310 9,621 Template:Number table sorting/negative−3.2% 3.28 8.5 2,838.4/sq mi (1,095.9/km2)
HelenaCounty seat City Lewis and Clark 28,190 25,780 &10000000000000009348332+9.3% 16.35 42.3 1,724.2/sq mi (665.7/km2)
Hingham Town Hill 118 157 Template:Number table sorting/negative−24.8% 0.17 0.44 694.1/sq mi (268.0/km2)
Hobson City Judith Basin 215 244 Template:Number table sorting/negative−11.9% 0.24 0.62 895.8/sq mi (345.9/km2)
Hot Springs Town Sanders 544 531 &10000000000000002448210+2.4% 0.38 0.98 1,431.6/sq mi (552.7/km2)
HyshamCounty seat Town Treasure 312 330 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.5% 0.21 0.54 1,485.7/sq mi (573.6/km2)
Ismay Town Custer 19 26 Template:Number table sorting/negative−26.9% 0.42 1.1 45.2/sq mi (17.5/km2)
Joliet Town Carbon 595 575 &10000000000000003478260+3.5% 0.30 0.78 1,983.3/sq mi (765.8/km2)
JordanCounty seat Town Garfield 343 364 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.8% 0.34 0.88 1,008.8/sq mi (389.5/km2)
Judith Gap City Wheatland 126 164 Template:Number table sorting/negative−23.2% 0.38 0.98 331.6/sq mi (128.0/km2)
KalispellCounty seat City Flathead 19,927 14,223 &10000000000000040104056+40.1% 11.64 30.1 1,711.9/sq mi (661.0/km2)
Kevin Town Toole 154 178 Template:Number table sorting/negative−13.5% 0.34 0.88 452.9/sq mi (174.9/km2)
Laurel City Yellowstone 6,718 6,255 &10000000000000007402078+7.4% 2.14 5.5 3,139.3/sq mi (1,212.1/km2)
Lavina Town Golden Valley 187 209 Template:Number table sorting/negative−10.5% 1.00 2.6 187.0/sq mi (72.2/km2)
LewistownCounty seat City Fergus 5,901 5,813 &10000000000000001513848+1.5% 5.32 13.8 1,109.2/sq mi (428.3/km2)
LibbyCounty seat City Lincoln 2,628 2,626 &10000000000000000076161+0.1% 1.91 4.9 1,375.9/sq mi (531.2/km2)
Lima Town Beaverhead 221 242 Template:Number table sorting/negative−8.7% 0.53 1.4 417.0/sq mi (161.0/km2)
LivingstonCounty seat City Park 7,044 6,851 &10000000000000002817106+2.8% 6.02 15.6 1,170.1/sq mi (451.8/km2)
Lodge Grass Town Big Horn 428 510 Template:Number table sorting/negative−16.1% 0.24 0.62 1,783.3/sq mi (688.5/km2)
MaltaCounty seat City Phillips 1,997 2,120 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.8% 1.06 2.7 1,884.0/sq mi (727.4/km2)
Manhattan Town Gallatin 1,520 1,396 &10000000000000008882521+8.9% 1.93 5.0 787.6/sq mi (304.1/km2)
Medicine Lake Town Sheridan 225 269 Template:Number table sorting/negative−16.4% 0.40 1.0 562.5/sq mi (217.2/km2)
Melstone Town Musselshell 96 136 Template:Number table sorting/negative−29.4% 0.69 1.8 139.1/sq mi (53.7/km2)
Miles CityCounty seat City Custer 8,410 8,487 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.9% 3.34 8.7 2,518.0/sq mi (972.2/km2)
MissoulaCounty seat City Missoula 66,788 57,053 &10000000000000017063081+17.1% 27.51 71.3 2,427.8/sq mi (937.4/km2)
Moore Town Fergus 193 186 &10000000000000003763440+3.8% 0.24 0.62 804.2/sq mi (310.5/km2)
Nashua Town Valley 290 325 Template:Number table sorting/negative−10.8% 0.66 1.7 439.4/sq mi (169.7/km2)
Neihart Town Cascade 51 91 Template:Number table sorting/negative−44.0% 1.99 5.2 25.6/sq mi (9.9/km2)
Opheim Town Valley 85 111 Template:Number table sorting/negative−23.4% 0.21 0.54 404.8/sq mi (156.3/km2)
Outlook Town Sheridan 47 82 Template:Number table sorting/negative−42.7% 1.30 3.4 36.2/sq mi (14.0/km2)
PhilipsburgCounty seat Town Granite 820 914 Template:Number table sorting/negative−10.3% 0.80 2.1 1,025.0/sq mi (395.8/km2)
Pinesdale Town Ravalli 917 742 &10000000000000023584905+23.6% 1.29 3.3 710.9/sq mi (274.5/km2)
Plains Town Sanders 1,048 1,126 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.9% 0.59 1.5 1,776.3/sq mi (685.8/km2)
PlentywoodCounty seat City Sheridan 1,734 2,061 Template:Number table sorting/negative−15.9% 1.17 3.0 1,482.1/sq mi (572.2/km2)
Plevna Town Fallon 162 138 &10000000000000017391304+17.4% 0.59 1.5 274.6/sq mi (106.0/km2)
PolsonCounty seat City Lake 4,488 4,041 &10000000000000011061618+11.1% 4.14 10.7 1,084.1/sq mi (418.6/km2)
Poplar City Roosevelt 810 911 Template:Number table sorting/negative−11.1% 0.28 0.73 2,892.9/sq mi (1,117.0/km2)
Red LodgeCounty seat City Carbon 2,125 2,177 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.4% 2.80 7.3 758.9/sq mi (293.0/km2)
Rexford Town Lincoln 105 151 Template:Number table sorting/negative−30.5% 0.10 0.26 1,050.0/sq mi (405.4/km2)
Richey Town Dawson 177 189 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.3% 0.24 0.62 737.5/sq mi (284.8/km2)
Ronan City Lake 1,871 1,812 &10000000000000003256070+3.3% 1.19 3.1 1,572.3/sq mi (607.1/km2)
RoundupCounty seat City Musselshell 1,788 1,931 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.4% 1.34 3.5 1,334.3/sq mi (515.2/km2)
RyegateCounty seat Town Golden Valley 245 268 Template:Number table sorting/negative−8.6% 0.69 1.8 355.1/sq mi (137.1/km2)
Saco Town Phillips 197 224 Template:Number table sorting/negative−12.1% 0.33 0.85 597.0/sq mi (230.5/km2)
ScobeyCounty seat City Daniels 1,017 1,082 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.0% 0.76 2.0 1,338.2/sq mi (516.7/km2)
ShelbyCounty seat City Toole 3,376 3,216 &10000000000000004975124+5.0% 6.03 15.6 559.9/sq mi (216.2/km2)
Sheridan Town Madison 642 659 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.6% 1.02 2.6 629.4/sq mi (243.0/km2)
SidneyCounty seat City Richland 5,191 4,774 &10000000000000008734813+8.7% 2.66 6.9 1,951.5/sq mi (753.5/km2)
St. Ignatius Town Lake 842 788 &10000000000000006852791+6.9% 0.56 1.5 1,503.6/sq mi (580.5/km2)
StanfordCounty seat Town Judith Basin 401 454 Template:Number table sorting/negative−11.7% 0.44 1.1 911.4/sq mi (351.9/km2)
Stevensville Town Ravalli 1,809 1,553 &10000000000000016484224+16.5% 0.98 2.5 1,845.9/sq mi (712.7/km2)
Sunburst Town Toole 375 415 Template:Number table sorting/negative−9.6% 0.24 0.62 1,562.5/sq mi (603.3/km2)
SuperiorCounty seat Town Mineral 812 893 Template:Number table sorting/negative−9.1% 1.04 2.7 780.8/sq mi (301.5/km2)
TerryCounty seat Town Prairie 605 611 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.0% 0.71 1.8 852.1/sq mi (329.0/km2)
Thompson FallsCounty seat City Sanders 1,313 1,321 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.6% 1.73 4.5 759.0/sq mi (293.1/km2)
Three Forks City Gallatin 1,869 1,728 &10000000000000008159722+8.2% 1.44 3.7 1,297.9/sq mi (501.1/km2)
TownsendCounty seat City Broadwater 1,878 1,867 &10000000000000000589180+0.6% 1.58 4.1 1,188.6/sq mi (458.9/km2)
Troy City Lincoln 938 957 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.0% 0.76 2.0 1,234.2/sq mi (476.5/km2)
Twin Bridges Town Madison 375 400 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.2% 0.96 2.5 390.6/sq mi (150.8/km2)
Valier Town Pondera 509 498 &10000000000000002208835+2.2% 0.92 2.4 553.3/sq mi (213.6/km2)
Virginia CityCounty seat Town Madison 190 130 &10000000000000046153846+46.2% 0.95 2.5 200.0/sq mi (77.2/km2)
Walkerville Town Silver Bow 675 714 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.5% 2.23 5.8 302.7/sq mi (116.9/km2)
West Yellowstone Town Gallatin 1,271 1,177 &10000000000000007986406+8.0% 0.80 2.1 1,588.8/sq mi (613.4/km2)
Westby Town Sheridan 168 172 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.3% 0.54 1.4 311.1/sq mi (120.1/km2)
White Sulphur SpringsCounty seat City Meagher 939 984 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.6% 1.01 2.6 929.7/sq mi (359.0/km2)
Whitefish City Flathead 6,357 5,032 &10000000000000026331478+26.3% 6.43 16.7 988.6/sq mi (381.7/km2)
Whitehall Town Jefferson 1,038 1,044 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.6% 0.67 1.7 1,549.3/sq mi (598.2/km2)
WibauxCounty seat Town Wibaux 589 567 &10000000000000003880070+3.9% 1.08 2.8 545.4/sq mi (210.6/km2)
Winifred Town Fergus 208 156 &10000000000000033333333+33.3% 0.50 1.3 416.0/sq mi (160.6/km2)
WinnettCounty seat Town Petroleum 182 185 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.6% 0.98 2.5 185.7/sq mi (71.7/km2)
Wolf PointCounty seat City Roosevelt 2,621 2,663 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.6% 0.87 2.3 3,012.6/sq mi (1,163.2/km2)
Total Towns 37,333 37,812 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.3% &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&1000049.01 126.9 761.7/sq mi (294.1/km2)
Total Cities 494,659 446,572 &10000000000000010768028+10.8% &&&&&&&&&&&01685.5700001,685.57 4,365.6 293.5/sq mi (113.3/km2)
Total 531,992 484,384 &10000000000000009828565+9.8% &&&&&&&&&&&01734.5800001,734.58 4,492.5 306.7/sq mi (118.4/km2)

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