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Old 02-13-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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Hi I'm new to this forum so go easy on me I'm a native of California and never knew anything about Montana until 3-4 years ago when I met my wife who is a Bozeman local. Anyhow we're a family of three now going to professional school in Ohio with a few years till graduation. She really really wants to go back to Montana after school and have our kids raised the same way she was.

Well I think that would be great because Montana is amazing and I love the people there, shoot I even married one. My worry is that since I'm a Californian I'll have a stigma attached to me that could seriously affect my careers/professional life. Since I plan on opening/joining a private practice it is very important to have a good public perception to attract patients/clients. Anyhow do you think my worries are unfounded?? Anyone have any advice?
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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I think you'll be fine. I assume you are talking about moving back to Bozeman? If you were moving to some very small town in eastern Montana you might have problems... but besides that you should be in good shape. Bozeman is a pretty welcoming town to "outsiders" as it's a college town and has a pretty diverse mix of people. Just be prepared to pay out the wazoo for a house in Bozeman.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: in pa, but missin montana
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hi- don't worry about it! you will be fine- bozeman has lots of newcomers and people are very open. if anyone gives you a hard time, just tell them that your wife is a bozeman native and that should nip it in the bud. bozeman is great but very expensive- houses are very expensive!
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Montana
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There are more people in Bozeman from California than there are from Montana anymore, so I don't think you would have a problem with patients/clients etc.. as they would mostly be Californian's also.

As for raising your kids the same way she was... Bozeman and the surrounding area is 3-4 times the size it was 10 years ago and it simply isn't the same. More crime, more traffic, more drugs, people bringing in the problems they are running from in other areas, and cost's a HELL of a lot more to live than it did even 5 years ago. (Although you are probably used to a high cost of living.. and it looks like you are (or will be) in a field with a good income.)

Sorry if I sound like the bad guy, I'm just one of the locals that's tired of all the growth and change.
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses and advice. It does seem pretty overwhelming to start somewhere in western Montana because the price of living seems so high. My wife's family still lives in Bozeman so we go back there all the time. She's always telling me that it was such a nicer place 10-15 years ago before they were "discovered." I find that funny because I think the area is amazing, can't imagine it being better than it is.

We're not set on just Bozeman, anywhere in western Montana would do for us as long as it's near mountains. In fact we're going to Glacier park this summer to check out Kalispell and the surrounding communities.
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Sounds like you guys know what you want, and are familiar with the area.

You'll do just fine. Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I would suggest that all of us who are sick of the subdivisions go out every night and move their survey stakes ! Over and over again ! Carpetbaggers GO HOME !
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Not a bad idea!! =-)
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Hee Hee Hee !
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Need to get back on topic folks. If not, infractions will start.
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