According to, Montana's violent crime rate of 350 incidents per 100,000 people is slightly lower that the national violent crime rate of 373 per 100,000, Missoula is more dangerous than any other city in the state.

There were 425 incidents of violent crime for every 100,000 residents in the metro area in 2015. Overall, Montana has the 25th highest violent crime rate in the country.

Poorer economic conditions can often be fertile grounds for violence, and Missoula’s 16.0% poverty rate is higher than any other metro area in the state as well as the statewide poverty rate of 14.6%.

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