With a population of 7,389, Belgrade is the largest city in Montana that isn’t a county seat. The city was named after the capital of Serbia as a gesture of thanks to the Serbian investors that helped finance the building of the North Pacific Railroad. Want to find local movers in Belgrade? View the list of local Atlas® Agents here.
The city was founded by Thomas B. Quaw, who applied for Belgrade’s incorporation with Montana’s Gallatin County Courthouse in 1881. After the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Belgrade grew and became an established community from 1900 to 1930. It became a quiet farming community after the Great Depression, but became more prosperous after World War II, and it experienced a population boom from 1980 to 1990.
Belgrade receives very little rainfall – only 14 inches per year, compared to the United States average of 39 inches. There is very little humidity, and winters are exceptionally cold and snowy. The typical high temperature in July is 84 degrees, while the typical low temperature in January is a frigid 13 degrees.
The primary mode of transportation in Belgrade is by car, and the city is accessible via Interstate Highway 90. Public bus transportation around Belgrade and surrounding cities is provided by Streamline Bus. The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is conveniently located just outside of town, and provides nonstop flights to 15 destinations in the United States.
Belgrade Cost of Living
While utilities and transportation are less expensive in Belgrade than average, residents pay more for groceries, healthcare, and especially housing. However, the cost of living is only marginally more expensive than the national average. Are you considering relocating to Belgrade? Want to know how far your salary can go in Montana? Use the resources below to find out.
The nearest hospital is run by Bozeman Health, which also manages a VA Clinic and a Women’s Specialists Clinic. Bozeman Health has received recognition for its treatment of heart failure, COPD, pneumonia, sepsis, and many other conditions for several years in a row.
The city’s students are served by Belgrade School District #44, which consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Montana State University, the largest university in the state with average enrollment of over 16,700, is only about 10 miles away in nearby Bozeman.
Belgrade Real Estate
Belgrade has a robust, steadily appreciating housing market. The median home cost is $235,690, about $50,000 more than the national average. The property tax rate, however, is several dollars lower than average at $8.49. Typical rent per month for a two-bedroom apartment is only $788, nearly $300 less expensive than average.
Many of the local lodging options are charming and rustic, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t every bit as comfortable as a luxury hotel. The Gallatin River Lodge in nearby Bozeman, for instance, is rated one of the top 25 hotels in the country by TripAdvisor. If you prefer a more modern and trendy experience, you’ll enjoy The Lark, a beautifully decorated hotel in downtown Bozeman.
The restaurants in Belgrade are well-established and enthusiastically supported by the community. The Mint, a traditional Montana steakhouse, was established over 100 years ago. However, steak isn’t the only thing you can find on the menu in Belgrade. The city is also home to eateries serving Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and many other types of cuisine.
Things to Do in Belgrade
One of the best parts about Montana is the gorgeous natural scenery, and Belgrade offers plenty of it. Yellowstone National Park is only about an hour and a half away. If you love to fish, the Montana Trout Wranglers will give you the best fly fishing experience of your life with enough knowledge to suit every level of fishing experience.