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Old 09-27-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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How high is the cost of living out there? Cheap? Expensive? As well, is it heavily increasing or decreasing? This is including everything from taxes, to food, to housing, ect.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:35 PM
 
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Everything is expensive- its only going to get worse- dont expect things to get cheaper. In general, expect to see increases in pretty much everything.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:47 AM
 
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From list of top 10 worst states to make living...from cheat sheet.com

8.South Dakota has several positive factors, but still ranks as the No. 8 worst state to make a living. It has no state income tax, low unemployment, and relatively safe work environments. However, low unemployment does not appear to be translating into higher wages. The average income is only $37,300, the second lowest in the nation (Mississippi is the worst at $36,750). Furthermore, the cost of living index comes in at 101.3, the best on this list, but fairly average compared to the rest of the U.S.

7. Montana suffers much of the same economic pitfalls as South Dakota, and ranks as the No. 7 worst state to make a living. Montana enjoys low unemployment and an average cost of living index, but the average income is $39,880. Unlike South Dakota, Montana also has a state income tax, costing an estimated average of $2,208.72. Making matters worse, Montana’s workplace safety ranks as one of the worst in the nation.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:06 PM
 
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Montana in general has a high cost of living compared to the low average income and relative lack of high paying jobs. It's more expensive than the majority of the Southern and Mid-Western US but cheaper than the more urban areas of the East and West coasts. It seems relatively cheap if you're moving in from many urban areas, but will seem very expensive if coming from, say Kentucky. Montana wouldn't seem so expensive if the household incomes were more in line with other parts of the country.

Some of the bigger items that cost more than other rural areas of the country are the cost of housing/land, state income taxes and gas.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:06 AM
 
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Montana ranks 44th in land value, good news for anyone looking to purchase:

Value of land per acre: $2,283

What US land is really worth, state by state
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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Right. The article said average value is made by counting federal land which is considered to have low value into the total to get average value from. Montana has 25 million acres of fed land which affects average mightily and brings value way down.

Scrub land in Montana brings $2500 acre when purchased in a minimum of a section (640 acres). Scrub land is not productive nor particularly sought after.
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