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Old 11-27-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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So where are you in MD? Did you see my message above?
I am in Howard County, Columbia to be exact. I saw your message...seems as if a lot of us here in MD are looking to escape!
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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According to recent reports, Benefis Hospital is now larger than Malmstrom Air Force base.
I wonder how this would be if you compared the total workers (employees + contractors + temps) for the Hospital and the AFB who would come out ahead.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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hairmetal4ever: Your analysis of the cities ispretty good. One thing you need to consider is weather. I think that the cold is overemphasized somwhat (although I don't like it). That said, Billings definitely has the least cold. GF is very windy which can be very bitter. Missoula is called the "Garden City" in Montana. It gets an early spring and is very nice. Misssoula and Bozeman are university towns, which always adds a lot.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I am in Howard County, Columbia to be exact. I saw your message...seems as if a lot of us here in MD are looking to escape!
You're close to my buddy in Howard County. Yep, that place is as impacted as PG or Montgomery Counties. Frederick was fairly nice at one time, but the population has continued to move up I 270. Even WV is crowded now. Good luck to all that are fed up with urban areas. Personally, I'll take any place in MT especially a very rural area!!!
Good luck my friends!!
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I did some google street view searches around Billings. I have to say, while Billings seems to be the "less pretty" of Montana cities, I actually think it's a rather clean, pleasant place, and the rimrocks are pretty cool.
Go look up Redhead's posts for some different views of Billings -- you can really see a love for the area in those pictures
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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Billings looks nice to me. Although, the more I learn about Couer D'Alene, ID, I like it a lot too.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Billings as a city isn't as aesthetically pleasing as some of the others, but it's surroundings are great -- good access to lots of great recreational opportunities and beautiful landscapes. Politically, it runs in all directions but probably ends up somewhere on the Right. Could be a good fit, although geographically you'd be a bit isolated (although you're pretty much isolated everywhere in MT).

Job-wise, Montana's just tough all around. Missoula has less corporate availability, but does have a high concentration of banks and other financial offices. That, paired with your personal preferences, might make it a good fit if you lived down in the Bitteroot Valley and didn't mind commuting a short distance to town. Or you could drive in from Clinton or one of the other eastern burghs.

If you can find work in Helena, that might be a good spot for you guys. Great historic town in a beautiful spot.

I'd suggest visiting and finding out what your preferences are. Fly to Billings, drive to Missoula and fly from there back to Maryland.
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Check out the Helena area. We live outside of a little town called Townsend. Takes about 40-45 minutes to get to Helena and about 90 minutes to get to Bozeman. You have small community living, yet close enough to airports, hospitals, Costco's, etc. Canyon Ferry Lake here is the third largest lake in MT and we have numerous rivers and streams for fishing. Plenty of elk, deer, & antelope if you're into hunting. Be sure to check out the information provided on this city-data website for weather, crime, & voting preferences - may give you a clue as to where the more conservative areas are.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Missoula is the farking bank/credit union capital of this state, weve got more banks then we know what to do with so I'd be surprised if you couldn't find work in that area unless you really can't stand, liberals, hippies or just plain wierd people. As the bumper sticker says "Keep Missoula Weird" and boy, does it ever. You could live down in the Bitterroot with the more conservative folks but then your gonna become one of those damn awful bitterroot drivers which we Missoulians hate. If you want constant stable weather, avoid Missoula completely, it doesn't exit.

Bigfork, Whitefish, Columbia Falls areas are filled with more conservative folks but good luck trying to find a job up there in retiree central.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Lowell, MA
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Be patient with your wife.....my husband is also trying to move me out of state....I've lived here all my life......grown children and grandchildren....it's all I know.

I might come around, she might too.....sounds like a great place to live!!!

Good Luck!!!!
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