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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Polson is a town in Montana with a population of 4,843. Polson is in Lake County. Living in Polson offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Polson there are a lot of bars and coffee shops. Many young professionals live in Polson and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Polson are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$179,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$664
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Polson Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    568.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    223.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    507.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,820.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    243.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Polson

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,272
National
$55,322
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Polson Reviews

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Polson is an all around great place to live. It is a beautiful place located on Flathead lake by the Rocky Mountains. I grew up here as a kid and have enjoyed hiking, fishing, rafting and many other out door activities. When it is summer time it is always great to get on a boat and head out on the lake. There are even outdoor activities for the winters if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. There are plenty of great local places to eat and the people are always friendly. Anyone who has a love for the outdoors would not be disappointed if they came for a Polson visit!
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I love the quite winters and busy summers of this lake town. The sunsets over the water are breathtaking, as well as the clearness of the lake. Lots of cute shops to explore and everyone always waves as you pass by. One thing I would change is the issues with drug use, I grew up in Polson, and have seen to many childhood friends get caught in the trap of drug use.
Polson is a sweet town, beautiful scenery and friendly people. There are job opportunities, but often not enough people to fill them, but the potential for this city to grow is there, and evident to entrepreneurs. Plenty of room to grow, and plenty of environments to establish.