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Old 03-25-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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I would suggest Billings. It's not as scenic as Missoula or Bozeman, but it is bigger and has milder weather. Also, since it is a bigger town it is probably more likely to find a job in finance, but as has been stated, don't move without a job lined up, although I think having 6 months of expenses saved is also a bit ridiculous (I've never had that kind of money saved up when I've moved anywhere). Montana as a whole is conservative but I have a feeling you can find people in Billings who are similar to you. Contrary to what some are saying, vegetables and fruit are available in Montana year round.
Yeah, I agree. If I waited until I had 6 months salary saved up, I would be dead by then.

Billings sounds promising....
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with living in a college town, at any age.
No, there is nothing "wrong" with it. It just would reduce my chances of making friends my age and reduce my chances of finding a hubby, lol! Nothing against 20 year olds, I just would prefer to try to meet folks in my age group, that's all I would think living in a college town would greatly impact this.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Billings is also a "college town", 2 of them in fact!
It is also a nice town to live near (no, I have no interest in living IN any town!) We won't discuss the reasons in this thread, it would go too far afield.
Yes, definitely go to the Montana Job Service website and see what is currently available job-wise in a few of the towns, then make your decision.
Good luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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Well, college towns or not...I think it's one of the most beautiful places in the country and I hear the people are really down-to-earth. I know there are always acceptions to everything, it's just seems like a good place for me. But I haven't been around that much. I am not a Big City Girl. I am in the city now and I hate it. But I do have to work, so I would at least have to be near a mid-sized city.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Laurel is a little town near Billings that might be worth checking out.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Laurel is a little town near Billings that might be worth checking out.
Oh boy...I dunno about that.

Exxon oil spill on Yellowstone River disrupts ranches, farms | Reuters

Yellowstone River Oil Spill - Laurel, MT -3 Jul 2011 - YouTube

Sad really. Looks like a nice town, but I noticed in the bottom the picture on the home page site something, and I looked further, there are oil refineries or something related there. It has been a personal experience that those places smell.

Not a place I would care to live. But for some, it may be just fine.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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Oh boy...I dunno about that.

Exxon oil spill on Yellowstone River disrupts ranches, farms | Reuters

Yellowstone River Oil Spill - Laurel, MT -3 Jul 2011 - YouTube

Sad really. Looks like a nice town, but I noticed in the bottom the picture on the home page site something, and I looked further, there are oil refineries or something related there. It has been a personal experience that those places smell.

Not a place I would care to live. But for some, it may be just fine.
Stinky places = cheaper rent, lol! But yeah, not sure I could.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Stinky places = cheaper rent, lol! But yeah, not sure I could.
I guess part of the perks to having a poor sense of smell means I could live in a stinky place.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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I guess part of the perks to having a poor sense of smell means I could live in a stinky place.
he he

I have never visited this town so I really can't say for sure if it has the odor. But after reading about the oil spill I would have many reservations. Clean up is costly and I am not sure it is really ever %100 cleaned. Drinking water would be a scary thing as well.

But to be fair I can't say for sure if it is smelly. But nothing a clothes pin can't fix right?
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:31 AM
 
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You say you need to live near a mid size city. How Big would you consider mid size?

Billings is only just over 100,000 and by most statistical definition that is only a small city, and the largest city in Montana. It is the financial hub of the state, with the bank headquarters and other facilities for someone in your field and the best potential for a good job.

It is the highest income area of the state, with very reasonable living costs. The balance of male/female population is favorable for a woman seeking a mate.
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