According to The Washington Post's Wonkblog, Wolf Point on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, is the third most "isolated" town in the United States. The flag of the Fort Peck Tribes can be seen flying at a park in the town. Photo: RoyalBroil

Most 'isolated' towns are near reservations in Montana and Nevada

Four of the 10 most "isolated" towns in the United States are on or near reservations in Montana and Nevada, according to The Washington Post's Wonkblog.

The most "isolated" town is Glasgow, Montana, because it is the farthest drive from any metropolitan area, according to Wonkblog. Glasgow is located near the western border of the Fort Peck Reservation.

According to Wonkblog's analysis, Fort Peck also has the distinction of being near the second-most "isolated" town -- Scobey. And it's home to the third-most "isolated" town -- Wolf Point, which is the largest community on the reservation.

Over in Nevada, Battle Mountain is considered the fight-most "isolated" town. It's also the home to the Battle Mountain Band Colony, one of the four colonies of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians.

The Post's definition of an "isolated" town is based on communities with more than 1,000 people that are farthest away from any metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people. So other towns that are on or near reservations aren't included if their population was smaller than 1,000.

Of the remaining six "isolated" towns on Wonkblog's top 10 list, another one is located in Nevada, four are in Kansas and one is in Texas. Notably, the four "isolated" towns in Kansas are not anywhere near the reservations in the northeastern part of the state. The one in Texas isn't near a reservation either.

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