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Old 07-26-2011, 05:41 PM
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Ennis, MT maybe? What you are wanting is what most everyone else who want to move here wants. The small towns here, especially the one's like you describe are growing more and more every year so in a sense, small towns are going to be hard to find in another 10 years.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:03 PM
Location: Hilo
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You may want to look into the Flathead Valley area. Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, Lakeside, Polson are all great towns varying in size. It does get hotter than 80's especially in July and August.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:13 PM
Location: North Dakota
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Check out Livingston. It is about 7,000 people and is close to Bozeman which I think has around 40,000 people and pretty much all the shopping to be found. There is a theater scene there and if that's not enough Bozeman has more and it's only 25 miles away. The weather can get hotter than 80s (I don't think there is any place in the state that doesn't get hotter than the 80s). The downside to the weather is the intense wind in the winter. I don't know if there is a ranking of windiest places in the US but during the winter the winds in Livingston are generally called hurricane force in the South. There is no shortage of fly fishing there either. This is the town where many scenes from A River Runs Through It were filmed. The warning I tell everyone in Montana is that the cost of living can be a bit high.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:11 PM
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If you consider the Kalispell area, and if you consider Kalispell itself too big, Evergreen and Columbia Falls are near the 5,000 population mark and would have lower average real estate prices than some of their posher neighboring towns. Kalispell would have the medical facilities and there is summer theater in Big Fork and probably some elsewhere year 'round. You'd have to be willing to accept an average of 5 feet of snow a year there.

You could also consider Montana City south of Helena. Or Stevensville south of Missoula. With the medical care and theater in the bigger city. Only about 2 1/2 feet of snow per year on average right in Stevensville.

Post Falls Idaho is bigger and gets more rain but it might have some advantages if you are trying to meet the various needs of many family members.

Cle Elum Washington is fairly small but growing and near enough to Ellensburg for medical services & theater at the university. Lots of snow and a fair amount of spring rain but dry half the year.
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