Montana is full of towns that make you feel like you're stepping into yesterday.

Places like Virginia City, or Bannack State Park are not only popular tourist destinations but a lesson in the history of the way things were several decades ago here in Montana. Not to mention several other small towns have that old-school feel like Livingston, Ennis, Phillipsburg, and many others.

However, one Montana town just recently made an interesting list and it's from a national publication.

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The folks over at A Lot Finance decided to take a peek across the nation and highlight towns that were stuck in the past and one popular town made the list, and it might just surprise you. Before we reveal the town that they described as "stuck in the 1960's" let us take a look at the safest towns in Montana.

Top 5 Safest Cities In Montana, 2023

Like every state, there are always going to be a few towns that make us think twice about moving there or deciding where to raise our kiddos. But like I always say, "negative yells and positive whispers". The same goes for crime and violence; we hear about all the drug busts, assaults, break-ins, etc. It's not very often we hear about all the great things right?
Well, the list came out from Safewise, and we now know where the Five Safest Cities In Montana are.

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Which popular Montana town is stuck in the 1960's? Butte? Helena? Kalispell?

Actually, the town A Lot Finace said is stuck in the 1960's is the town of Missoula. We learned recently that Missoula was named the most "hippie" town in the state, so it maybe shouldn't come as a big shock that it also made the list as a town stuck in time.

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So what were the criteria that landed Missoula on the list? According to the site:

"Missoula definitely has a different vibe than the rest of the state, mostly because it attracts anyone and everyone that's creative."

Having lived in Missoula for a few years, I will admit they certainly dance to the beat of their own drum, but I don't know if I would consider them "stuck in time". While it's true there are more than a few places to hang out that have the "hippie" and "free love" feel, Missoula has seen tremendous growth over the last couple of decades and continues to attract people from all walks of life.

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So which Montana town do you think is stuck in town? Let us know by sending us a message on our radio station app.

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Here's 8 States That Have Longer And Harsher Winters Than Montana

Winter can be brutal here in Montana with lots of wind, snow, and temperatures well below zero. In fact, that alone should be a word of warning for those thinking of moving here from warmer climates.

A lot goes into being prepared to live in a state with rough winters and if you've never done it before, you certainly need to make sure that you are prepared. You need to make sure you have the right tires, vehicle, and winter clothing. Plus, I would highly suggest you learn how to drive in winter conditions before moving to a state that celebrates winter 6 months out of the year.

And while winters can be very rough here in Montana, we don't even crack the Top 5 for States With The Most Brutal Winters.

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This Family Friendly "Montana Town" Is Frozen In Time

One of the coolest places to check out in Montana is the "Old Montana" town of Nevada City. Located just on the other side of Virginia City, Nevada City is the perfect example of what life was like back during the gold rush in the 1800s.

With several different buildings to tour and friendly folks to guide you through your visit, as well as tell you the stories of the times, Nevada City is not only educational but fun for the whole family.

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