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Old 12-14-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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I have read several posts by the regulars on here about the cost of living in Montana. I am wondering why it is more expensive on the west side as opposed to the east. Is it because of the area itself? Is it because of new residents moving to the west side of the state?
Just wondering why the difference.

Alaska
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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A little of Column A and a little of Column B. The western side of the state is the more scenic side and so it tends to draw out of state people, whether they become permanent or part-time residents. The eastern side is less scenic and as a result people do not tend to move there as much. This has changed since there has been more of an oil boom in that area and in North Dakota. Before that, a large percentage of the population was over 65.
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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It really depends on the town. Butte, for example, is in western Montana, but it has been economically depressed ever since most of the mining jobs died. Each town needs to be researched on its own as far as cost of living. Now it is hard to find a place to live at any price in the eastern Montana towns close to the energy boom.

Hope that helps.

H.I.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Sad but becoming very true!

Rent goes as to what folks can pay...it is going up!
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: western montana
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Yah, I"m sure the oil boom is increasing prices for land over in eastern Montana, but how far west from the eastern border is being affected? Any Forum people living out there know this?
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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Thank you very much for all the input. I was hoping I was wrong, but you proved me right.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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All it took was for a couple of movie stars to buy land and then admit on TV that they have a little piece of heaven. Next thing you know, minor movie stars are buying up ranches in that area and they don't want to argue. They go up to a ranch owner and don't aske him how much, they just offer about 10 times what the land is worth. One rancher is all it took and the ranchers around the first one said, "Well, if he can't that much money for his, I can get more for mine". Next thing you know there are McMansions going up all over the place. And they are summer homes that are used 3 or 4 weeks out of the year.

Now, you go into that area and try and purchase a decent piece of acerage and you'll find that your pocket book is pretty tiny.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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Elkhunter,
Are you serious? Is this really why its so expensive? I get really sad at this thought even though I am not yet a resident of your state. I have wanted to move to western Montana for roughly 8yrs and have basically scared shi.less to dump the small amount of security that I have here with my job.

I remember hitting the state line for the first time and for some strange feeling I was overwhelmed with tears and I could not figure out why. As my vacation came to an end I finally figured out why I was so emotional..I was home. This was my first time in my 46 years of life that I felt like I belonged. I have never been so at peace as I was there and I have been to many awesome places in the world so I did have something to compare it with.

I loved the way that clouds and stars in the sky were so close that you could reach up and touch them. I loved the open space, the small little communities all around the state. I felt very safe. For the funny portion of this long winded post I loved I mean loved the bear proof doors on the rest area restrooms.

As I have stated I am very sad that I may never reach my dream of laying in the grass just to watch the clouds pass by on a warm summer day, but the saddest part of all is for all the people who are currently struggling or have limitations due to others greed for the extreme.

Maybe someday I will find my spot in big sky country or I will need to go elsewhere to find the place that makes me feel safe and belong.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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It's a big state. Don't give up on your dream.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: western montana
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Hey Alaska, I don't know if you've heard about Samantha Brown. But she's got one of the most popular rated shows on cable on the Travel Channel, and writes books on travel. She was on KOA radio out of Denver this week. KOA is one of the strongest radio stations in the intermountain west and can be listened to in Montana at night and in the morning before the sun comes up. She was in the studio and the DJ asked her what was the best place to live in the US, or in the world, and she said Wyoming or Montana. She doesn't like sun belt areas. That's quite an endorsement from someone with her clout.
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