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Old 05-05-2012, 11:11 AM
 
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I recently got a job offer and we will be moving to Great Falls. I am dragging my whole family with me, husband and three kids. I wanted to know what areas I should be looking for a house, or where to rent, where you go for shopping, what do you usually do in Great Falls, how do you live through the cold winter months? I know that the summers are probably great, but I do worry for the winter.
As for the schools are the public schools good or we should look for private schools? All of my kids are in middle/high school age.
How are the people in Great Falls? Friendly or cautious?
So in general, every single bit of informatin will help. Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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There was a similar question asked on the forum and I posted a link to a map of crime reports in Great Falls which will show you the neighborhoods with lower crime to look for housing. Public schools in Montana in general are good schools. If you search the forum, you will find the older thread on Great Falls where I linked to the map.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Thank you I will definitely look
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:41 PM
 
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If you haven't already done so, you might want to check out these threads:

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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I'll chime in. We moved here from Atlanta, Ga. last year. Depending on where you're coming from, you may love it or hate it. Montana is a very beautiful place. Great Falls...not so much.At least not the immediate area, however, a half hour to an hours drive can put you into some amazing and pristine country. The people of Great Falls are very nice and it is a good town to raise a family. It has a very "blue collar" working-class vibe, not that it's a negative, just an observation. I will say that GF does seem to have some interesting characters walking about the streets from time to time. People in GF are pretty conservative, but Montanans are laid back and don't like people telling them what to think or believe, so they don't force their beliefs on you if don't share the same views.

If you can afford to buy a house and plan on sticking around, do it. The market is surprisingly stable and thriving. A bit expensive coming from the south, finding something decent in the 150k range will be tough for a family of five. 250k for an updated 4 bedroom is commonplace. Renting sucks here. Not much to choose from, and the landlords run up the prices because of the AFB (govt subsidizes rent).

If you like to shop at Wal-mart, Target, and big box stores, you'll do great here. Boutiques, and specialty shops...not so much (It's Montana). Great Falls in particular seems dominated by chain shops and restaurants. There is a small mall here, but it's pretty limited. Restaurants are severely lacking in quality and variety here. Everybody loves Applebee's and the like. Don't expect much complexity if you're into foreign cuisine. Mexican and Chinese food here suck. There are maybe 3 or 4 local places we regularly go. I'd really like to see more locally sourced and owned restaurants. Bakeries aren't bad here though.

Winter here will drive you inside if you let it. The temps aren't the worst part, it's the wind that makes life miserable. From what I hear this year was "mild" for winter. Not a lot of snow, but it happens at least every week to 2 weeks in the winter. Skiing is 1 hour away unfortunately. Had about a week where it never got above 0 deg, and lows around -25 to 30. Chinook winds help to warm it to the 50's on some days, but again, tons of wind. The wind here this year, even by local accounts, was awful. Gusts up to 80 miles an hour. I'd rather have zero degrees an no wind than 40 degrees and 40 mph wind. If you can get by the winter, it starts getting pretty glorious in April and stays that way until September. Beautiful comfortable weather. Pretty dry here with little rainfall but leaving the humidity of Atlanta behind is enough to make you want to cry. Once things start blooming and turning green you'll love the weather here.

There is a great farmers market downtown in the warmer months. If you're into rodeos you'll be happy here. Great Falls has tons of local parks and playgrounds, and some nice walking and biking paths along the river...An awesome park system here. Lots of fishing, hiking if you don't mind driving to the mountains. Plenty of outdoor recreation if you work for it.

Schools are generally good here. It seems that CMR/North Middle School is better than GFH/East Middle School from what I've heard. The kids here are polite and friendly.

You'll pay more to live in the nicer neighborhoods. On the SW side there is the Foxfarm and Bellview(on the hill) areas. Probably 200-500k range for the most part. NW side is Riverview, which is cheaper, not as nice, but still good. North and East is suburbia with lots of new homes but no trees or character. Stay away from Black Eagle. South Along the river (Big Bend) lots of mega homes and million dollar stuff. South and SE kind of the same, starter homes mixed in with big new developments. Downtown/Central GF is a toss up. The north numbered avenues are nicer that the south numbered avenues (check a map and you'll see the layout) but there are still plenty of clunkers mixed in with the pricey victorians and craftsman style homes. If you're looking for old classic styles, this will be your area. Depending on the house and the neighborhood the really good homes here sell within days. The homes west of I-15 along the Sun River are generally crap.

Good Luck.

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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Great Falls is an okay place to live. Lots of wind....it is a nice place if you are married, with kids. Great Falls High school is an excellent school. And the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind is in Great Falls.

You don't need to go for private school. The winters are fine...just bundle up. Shopping? There is a mall in Great Falls. You can also fly direct to Minneapolis for a weekend, and go to Mall of America...a fun trip.

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Old 06-24-2012, 04:54 AM
 
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Exclamation great falls?

There's no YMCA -for a town that squawks about " family values " and sniffs at " big cities " Great Falls has lots of racism, intolerance , tatoo parlors, sex shops, a medical community that's behind the times and divided against each other, a hugh meth problem - actually a huge substance problem in the high schools as well as teen pregnancy ratio well above the national average.

The town has limited opportunities- and most opportinities are in fast food or car maintainence. The main street is scary, and the main drag is filled with casinos, gas stations and strip clubs.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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There's no YMCA -for a town that squawks about " family values " and sniffs at " big cities " Great Falls has lots of racism, intolerance , tatoo parlors, sex shops, a medical community that's behind the times and divided against each other, a hugh meth problem - actually a huge substance problem in the high schools as well as teen pregnancy ratio well above the national average.

The town has limited opportunities- and most opportinities are in fast food or car maintainence. The main street is scary, and the main drag is filled with casinos, gas stations and strip clubs.
Do you have any data on teen pregnancy? What I found is that Montana rates 37th in the Nation. Any data to back up the rest of that? You seem to have a bone to pick with Great Falls so I suggest you have some facts and figures to back up what you are saying instead of just spewing forth your dislike for Great Falls.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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There's no YMCA -for a town that squawks about " family values " and sniffs at " big cities " Great Falls has lots of racism, intolerance , tatoo parlors, sex shops, a medical community that's behind the times and divided against each other, a hugh meth problem - actually a huge substance problem in the high schools as well as teen pregnancy ratio well above the national average.

The town has limited opportunities- and most opportinities are in fast food or car maintainence. The main street is scary, and the main drag is filled with casinos, gas stations and strip clubs.
In 1990 we moved to GF Malm., AFB, it was exciting! Two of our children were born in the city of Great Falls' big Hospital. We only stayed on base for a few years and moved on. However, we so thoroughly enjoyed the great plains feel, all the openness and FRESH AIR!! When ever the mood struck (practically every week-end), we'd take off toward the mountains and everywhere else around; camping, canoeing in the rivers, canyon trips, buffalo sight-seeing and just in general drive around in the cozy mountain roads, when not doing barbecue parties during summer and cozy get-together dinners in the winter nights! We so loved Great Falls and am SO disheartened and disappointed to learn that the city is in decline! :-( The folk's of Great Falls were certainly wonderful, always quick to lend a hand for anything, always there to help out when you'd need it. Always friendly, easygoing and laid-back. Just what we so loved -and will always remember with fondness- about the Great Falls people and never forgot, will never forget. We used to spend quite some time down town and around. Down town Ice cream trips during summer and super cozy BEAUTIFUL Christmas'es! ...what the heck happened?! :-(( ..I pray to that the wonderful city will soon recover!
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:51 AM
 
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Great Falls is booming. The town is growing fast and lots of banks being build also. The town needs more streets for all the traffic it has. I thought Spokane had alot of traffic so moved to a smaller city and what do I get but lots of traffic...but so far I find it a pleasant city with alot of friendly people unlike Spokane, Wa. It has a beautiful river running through and lots of nice little parks. The mall has alot of the stores that Northtown mall in Spokane has and is built fine with a layered look. It has Sears, Pennys, Herbergers, Scheels, bed and bath, and alot of little stores, up the street aways is Target. The other side of town is big box stores like Shopco, Walmart, Probuild, K-mart, Sam's Club which is identical to Costco in Spokane. There is alot more stores farther SW.
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