Contact Us

Hamilton Beats Missoula in Most-Business-Friendly Study

(KLYQ Photo)

In a recently released study, the Montana Policy Institute set out to answer the question “how business friendly are Montana’s 25 largest cities?” By looking at a variety of factors such as recent job growth, cost of living, property tax rates and population growth, the study gave each city an aggregate score which can be broken out into three categories; economic vitality, business tax burden, and community allure.

As can be seen in the final list that follows this post, Missoula ranked 22nd overall. Nearby Hamilton, on the other hand, came out in 16th place. By digging into the specifics of the study it’s easy to see why Hamilton  was able to come out on top of Missoula despite having a much smaller population and a low economic vitality score. The answer is property taxes. Missoula has the third highest taxes of all the cities in Montana, while Hamilton has the 5th lowest.

Complete Business Friendly Cities Study

Business Friendly Cities Final Rankings

1.  Polson

2.  Sidney

3.  Glasgow

4.  Bozeman

5.  Belgrade

6.  Dillon

7.  Billings

8.  Lewistown

9.  Livingston

10.  Great falls

11.  Havre

12.  Whitefish

13.  Deer Lodge

14.  Kalispell

15.  Columbia Falls

16.  Hamilton

17.  Wolf Point

18.  Glendive

19.  Laurel

20.  Helena

21.  Cut Bank

22.  Missoula

23.  Butte-Silver Bow

24.  Miles City

25.  Anaconda-Deer Lodge

 

 

 

More from AM 1240 KLYQ

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://klyq.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!