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Old 08-07-2007, 07:09 PM
Location: California
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I remember when Billings was nice... There's still some nice parts, but I'm with you on how it's degraded.

While casinos are rampant, living in Montana really means outdoor stuff. I grew up spending most of my days playing sports, in the pool, racing around the park, and in the mountains. As far as things to do, the town I live in now in CA isn't much different than any town with 100,000 population. There's movies, shopping, food, and typical blah. Metropolitan areas can offer more to do, but even then, it's really key to what you like.

I loved growing up in Billings, and ended up moving across the state. I enjoyed Bozeman, and Missoula as well. I do really think that the outdoorsy type people enjoy Montana more than anyone else though. There's always somewhere really nice to visit within a 2 hour drive, and I personally think the golf courses are better than most of the dogtracks down here in CA.

I love half of the state myself Everything west of Billings... well except Big Timber :P (cool waterslide though) oh and Laurel...
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:38 AM
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Default MT is a GREAT place to raise a family

My husband and I moved from Florida to Butte, MT. My daughter at the time was just entering 2nd grade. If you get involved in an area and participate in the things there are to do, it is a great place. The schools there are much better than most especially in the south. Because we lived in a small town my daughter participated in sports that she never would have had an opportunity to do where we lived previously or even where we live now. The only reason we moved out of the state was job -- Montana is a great place to live but a difficult place to earn a decent living. I would not trade the time we spent in Montana and it has made my daughter what she is today.

From my experiences drugs and crime are everywhere. Generally, the higher the population and the most diversity the higher the crime. You have to be involved with your children and know their friends, etc. no matter where you live.

I found most people in Montana are friendlier than in other areas -- I felt like I had gone back in time while living in Butte -- the pace is a lot slower generally. Because people are not traveling an hour to and from work they get to actually know their neighbors, they are not as stressed, etc.

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Old 08-21-2007, 11:10 AM
Location: In The Outland
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I once said to my wife Katie "Montana wouldn't be as tough a place to live if you could eat tree bark" !
Then I found out about a state park called "Indian Trees" !
You guessed it. The Bitterroot Salish were eating the inner bark off of these trees. The same tribe of Indians that now live here on the Flathead Reservation along with the Kootenai.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:42 PM
Location: I live in Ronan, MT but am stationed in Virginia Beach
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Hey I'd avoid MT all together, move to somewhere you'd actully make a decent wage. There are plenty of other places that are a great place to raise a child and make money at the same time.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:16 AM
Location: Sarasota
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Default where to raise kids

I too would stay away from the larger towns in Montana....Bozeman is nice but it has gotten so congested of late and too expensive. I think Bozeman is in line to become the next Jackson Hole. It is now catering to the people with the big bucks and the locals are moving out to find somewhere they can afford to live and get back to the country again and out of the city so to speak. The nice thing about living within close proximity to a town like Bozeman is you can go for the cultural activites and then leave!

Butte just doesn't have the culture that a college town can offer in terms of lectures, concerts, theater, etc. although they do have plenty of other types of activites and a symphony You will find the population of Bozeman to be of a higher caliber of educated people since it is a college town.

As far as coming here simply for a better life for your children, believe me, this is not the most perfect place in the world. You will deal with more months of winter than you ever imagined could exist and if your kids don't like the cold, you will have them indoors to have to manage for months on end. Also snow and driving over mountain passes is just a ton of fun. Then there is the wind that seems to blow all winter long since the jetstream likes to just settle right over the state in the winter months. Of course summers here are delightful for the most part. This summer is an exception to that although with the onset of "Global Warming" maybe summers like this one are here to stay. I've lived in Montana for 10 years and this was the first summer I could not exist without an air conditioner. We had the hottest July ever recorded with 29 days over 90 degrees and of those, 15 or more were over 100. That's just not normal Montana weather but then neither is the wimpy little snowpack we got last winter. We still had plenty of days of -20 weather (as I recall, at least 5 separate times we got that low) but not much snow. As a result, many of our great trout streams are now closed due to low flows and high temperatures which is hard on the fish to survive.

No, Montana is far from perfect. If you come here, come for the nature, the wildlife, the beauty and try to leave it as it was when you got here. Be prepared to put a block heater in your car so your oil won't turn into hard mollases. At least the climate is dry so you won't feel as cold as the thermometer says it is. The downfall to that is in the summer the forests burst into flames from lack of humidity and dry lightning strikes which is the case right now. It's a great state but doesn't come without it's own set of problems just like everywhere else. (and meth use is here as well) I hope you make the right decision and good luck.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:33 PM
Location: LEAVING CD
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I agree with ladyfish, you have to be ready to adapt to a whole different way of life here. While I wouldn't trade my time here in MT and a part of me hates to leave, leave we must. There is no money here, wages are rising but so is the cost of living and there are no employment protections here as in other states like maditory lunch or breaks, even after working 12 hours. Too many employers work you the whole shift and will only give you a break AFTER you've finished your shift. Others think you should be happy to earn at 40 the same amount you earned at 18 no matter what your skill set or education.
Winter here can be very depressing if you can't/don't participate in winter sports hence we are #1 in suicides in the nation.
Be sure of what you really want before you leap, it's very expensive to leap repeatedly......
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:50 PM
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moved to Missoula from Seattle three years ago. If I had a family I would consider it a nice place to raise children. It has cute neighborhoods with parks and plenty of decent schools. Missoula is definately gang free and mostly drug free if you dont have a meth problem. However, Montana is home of the unabomber. Many of the people here have extremist views. Both conservative and liberal. Plus MT is like, 5 years behind the rest of the country. Also, Montana has the highest teen suicide rate next to Alaska. Alaska is number one in the USA. Just something to consider. It may be the weather. It may be the lack of things to do. It may be the education system. Everyplace has it's failing. Large cities and small cities. Also Montana has a poor economy. The average family income is 23,000 a year. But there is definately a lower crime rate and the seasons aren't bad when you get used to them. Cold winters, hot summers. Very dry high desert climate. There's no sales tax and the people are generally nice. It is very beautiful here. I would definately visit for about two weeks before I moved here. Montana is definately its own place and full of colorful people. But dont idealize it. It has its problems like everywhere else.
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:10 PM
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The Flathead Reservation doesn't have big time gambling anymore which I think is a good thing. I agree that Montanans do seem to enjoy gambling and are open about drinking. I think open containers in cars were made illegal in the past few years. But after living in Spokane for a short time, I have accepted the reality of the bars and casinos. It's still not nearly as bad as city crime, gangs and the urban culture in general. I'll take a drunk cowboy over a high gang banger anyday.
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