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Old 10-25-2016, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Bullhead City, AZ
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I am in the medical field and my boyfriend is a butcher who will be going back to college in the next few years. Looking to settle down for good and start a family.
We are very outdoorsy (trying to stay west in the state for the mountains), rather conservative, and would like the amenities of a city (nothing crazy, we just don't want to have to order everything online anymore!) but we like our privacy and the "good ol' boy" way of life! We will be renting for a short amount of time just until we get settled and have a good idea of location to buy. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:01 PM
 
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I feel like I missed the question.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I am in the medical field and my boyfriend is a butcher who will be going back to college in the next few years. Looking to settle down for good and start a family.
We are very outdoorsy (trying to stay west in the state for the mountains), rather conservative, and would like the amenities of a city (nothing crazy, we just don't want to have to order everything online anymore!) but we like our privacy and the "good ol' boy" way of life! We will be renting for a short amount of time just until we get settled and have a good idea of location to buy. Thanks in advance!
If you want a university the only place in western Montana with one is Missoula. Kalispell is the only other town with many amenities and that's far from Missoula. And are you sure you like the good ole boy way of life? That's the root of a lot of problems. Are you hoping to get into a network like that?
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:07 AM
 
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Medical field is pretty large field & you did not specify position. Get job offers in several towns and come back here for specific input on communities.

Missoula is western MT and seems divergent from what you seem to be looking for. It is a college town & more liberal than any other in Montana.
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:52 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Medical field is pretty large field & you did not specify position. Get job offers in several towns and come back here for specific input on communities.

Missoula is western MT and seems divergent from what you seem to be looking for. It is a college town & more liberal than any other in Montana.
Missoula is liberal but you can still find plenty of conservative people,there and if you step very far out of town there are plenty of ultra conservative people in western Montana.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:56 AM
 
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At about 95,000 in Flathead County, it may be big enough for the original poster, while still being country too. Regional hospital, good community college, some big box stores, some nightlife. Seems like a better choice for a conservative than Missoula.


If you want smaller, look at Hamilton area. Small town but pretty populated county. Third biggest hub west of Butte and Helena, which also are options.
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:49 AM
 
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I am in the medical field and my boyfriend is a butcher who will be going back to college in the next few years. Looking to settle down for good and start a family.
We are very outdoorsy (trying to stay west in the state for the mountains), rather conservative, and would like the amenities of a city (nothing crazy, we just don't want to have to order everything online anymore!) but we like our privacy and the "good ol' boy" way of life! We will be renting for a short amount of time just until we get settled and have a good idea of location to buy. Thanks in advance!
Howdy. If you ask some specific questions maybe we can help you out better.

Some good repllies thus far. But as to:

Renting: I'm in Kalispell and can verify that the ENTIRE Flathead Valley is insane when it comes to the rental market. It's been bad for years and seemingly is only getting worse. I thought I heard Missoula was also tight, but can't confirm that. It wouldn't surprise me.

The Flathead definitely is quite conservative and Missoula less so (I'm being nice...), but as I believe some said you can get outside of Missoula proper and find the kind of folks it seems you're looking for, or would rather be around.

And by "good ol' boy" way of life, I take that to mean you want a more rural, blue-collar, laid back type of environment? Hunting/fishing, etc? As opposed to the phrase meaning a political insider who controls all the things behind the scenes in the area? The former is how I took it, anyway, so yes - NW MT is very laid-back and we enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

College: Missoula indeed has a college but in Kalispell is Flathead Valley Community College.
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:12 PM
 
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Here's my take. I think Kalispell, Eureka, Troy, Libby, Shelby, even Cut Bank (though a bit more questionable) & a few others in NW MT fit a great bill. Now I know the OP isn't likely too interested nor able to see it this way. But I maintain that if you really look at the country's direction economically, politically, etc. you'll see a definite reason to find a bit of sanity still left there. I know this'll get flack from many here, yet I believe I'm more right than wrong. Ok, sorry to interject but just all IMHO.
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Old 10-30-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Here's my take. I think Kalispell, Eureka, Troy, Libby, Shelby, even Cut Bank (though a bit more questionable) & a few others in NW MT fit a great bill. Now I know the OP isn't likely too interested nor able to see it this way. But I maintain that if you really look at the country's direction economically, politically, etc. you'll see a definite reason to find a bit of sanity still left there. I know this'll get flack from many here, yet I believe I'm more right than wrong. Ok, sorry to interject but just all IMHO.
I don't think Eureka, Troy, Libby, Shelby, or Cut Bank fit the bill for the college requirement of the OP. Politically maybe, but not a college. And Kalispell only has a community college. And I'm not sure what you mean by economics considering there aren't a whole lot of jobs in those towns.
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Old 10-30-2016, 09:14 PM
 
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I don't think Eureka, Troy, Libby, Shelby, or Cut Bank fit the bill for the college requirement of the OP. Politically maybe, but not a college. And Kalispell only has a community college. And I'm not sure what you mean by economics considering there aren't a whole lot of jobs in those towns.
I would definitely recommend against most hi-line towns (with the exception of Havre), including Shelby and Cut Bank. Those places have very few amenities, the scenery is ugly, and if you're not from those towns and/or you're not married, it's very hard to fit in and make friends. They can be very cliquey.
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