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Old 06-01-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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I am wondering what the region around St. Regis / Superior Mt is like regarding job availability, and if it is commutable to Missoula. Doing research it seems to have most everything i would like, Cheap Land (cheaper for mt, not quite sure why, im guessing its as the mountains are not very high/scenic compared to the flathead area, which doesnt bother me, i like more rolling hills vs tall snowcapped mountains), it has a hospital in it (24/7 to the best of my knowage), is forested, and green, but not to green, and to my knowage commutable to Missoula for a job, but am not sure on winter conditions ect).

Using Google Earth Roadview, the Mountains look similar to what is out in Northern/Central Maine (high/tall, and fairly steep, but not so tall/steep you cant pass through it). And using City-data, this area seems to have a good summer temps, and alittle warm winter temps (But cold enough to have a real winter).
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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actually a good question would be for towns along Route 90 (the one that goes through st.regis/superior) or Montana Route 200, what towns would be considered the furthest in commuting distance from Missoula (assuming a year round, winter included commute).
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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Link to tools to check unemployment by county
http://www.bls.gov/lau/data.htm


Mineral County at 7.2% in April. Montana as a whole at 3.9%.

Extreme NW MT has the most unemployment and probably is the poorest region in MT. Some timber related jobs but far fewer than peak harvest days. Most will be providing the basics to small town / rural residents. Who you know will affect getting jobs and business but a few will break in if they try hard enough / smart enough. Small amount of tourist services.

Commutability is a matter of personal taste & jugment. Are you willing to travel 50-75 miles or more each way? 5 plus days a week or maybe 3? The hour to hour and a half or even 2 hrs each way could be longer in winter sometimes and much longer when the weather is real bad and / or there are accidents.

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Old 06-01-2016, 06:09 PM
 
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I am wondering what the region around St. Regis / Superior Mt is like regarding job availability, and if it is commutable to Missoula. Doing research it seems to have most everything i would like, Cheap Land (cheaper for mt, not quite sure why, im guessing its as the mountains are not very high/scenic compared to the flathead area, which doesnt bother me, i like more rolling hills vs tall snowcapped mountains), it has a hospital in it (24/7 to the best of my knowage), is forested, and green, but not to green, and to my knowage commutable to Missoula for a job, but am not sure on winter conditions ect).

Using Google Earth Roadview, the Mountains look similar to what is out in Northern/Central Maine (high/tall, and fairly steep, but not so tall/steep you cant pass through it). And using City-data, this area seems to have a good summer temps, and alittle warm winter temps (But cold enough to have a real winter).
Both are very small towns so not much for employment. I personally wouldn't want to commute from there to Missoula, especially in winter.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:32 PM
 
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Rolling hills: Paradise and Plains on Highway 200.
Superior and St. Regis: lots of trees. You literally can't see the forest for trees.
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:21 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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that commen CFF is why im looking at those towns. While i like to visit the prarie feom time to time, i am a woodsman at heart (hence my name, Kezar, an area, and Woodsman, for my personality at heart)z

Plains mt seems alittle to open for me (from pictures atleast) Paradise seems like a good location. St regis according to google maps would be a fine commute (assuming its the hour commute), but paradise at 1 hour 20 minutes is pushing alittle far. Here in Ma a average commute time is about 1-1.5 hours (1.5 hours would be to far, unless its rare and due to accidents/wheather/ect). The one hour commute would not be to bad IMHO, far yes, but doable.
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:58 PM
 
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Remember to add time for getting to the highway and then getting where you need in town after the highway. Depending on where you need to go in Missoula and time of day you would need to add meaningful time poking from stoplight to stoplight.
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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Hamilton/Victor/pinesdale area any better?
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:56 PM
 
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The Bitterroot Valley towns are not "in the trees." It's a beautiful semi-flat area with full view of mountains to either side. That's where you get the towering mountain peak views, not rolling hills (although the view to the east is less towering than to the west). I haven't made the detour to Pinesdale, so it may be more wooded, but I don't think I'd like to drive those roads in winter.

Hey, when are you going to come out and take a look for yourself?
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Old 06-02-2016, 02:44 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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The Bitterroot Valley towns are not "in the trees." It's a beautiful semi-flat area with full view of mountains to either side. That's where you get the towering mountain peak views, not rolling hills (although the view to the east is less towering than to the west). I haven't made the detour to Pinesdale, so it may be more wooded, but I don't think I'd like to drive those roads in winter.

Hey, when are you going to come out and take a look for yourself?
For the latter, i am working on it, but still trying to narrow down general states/sections of the states, im planning for this year, or spring/summer next year at the absolute latest.

Is the Clinton/quigley/ravenna area any better (about 20 minutes away, looks good online, plenty of trees, surronded by Nat. Forest land, ruralish (only bad part is its close to missoula, which is a mixed blessing), ect.
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