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Old 01-10-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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Hello, I'm a 22-year-old from Texas looking to move to Montana. I'll be graduating from college in May with a BS in Occupational Safety and Health, so I'm looking for a safety/risk management related job. I love to ski and would love to live in or near the Rockies. What cities would have the best job outlook for my scenario? What is the cost of living in Montana: groceries, taxes, real estate, etc... Really, what are all the positives and negatives of moving to Montana?

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Old 01-10-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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Probably Billings. Maybe Butte, Sidney (for the energy activity) or near an active Superfund site.

Cost of living depends on city.

General positives and negatives? Read some / many of the hundreds of existing threads.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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Hello, I'm a 22-year-old from Texas looking to move to Montana. I'll be graduating from college in May with a BS in Occupational Safety and Health, so I'm looking for a safety/risk management related job. I love to ski and would love to live in or near the Rockies. What cities would have the best job outlook for my scenario? What is the cost of living in Montana: groceries, taxes, real estate, etc... Really, what are all the positives and negatives of moving to Montana?

Thanks!
Yeah, there are a lot of threads on here that go over the pros and cons of MT in general; IIRC others have also posted on a TX to MT move.

But quickly, regarding real estate: It's overall much higher in MT than TX. Especially in the mountainous/Western half where you'd be able to have closer skiing. Kalispell/Flathead County is uber-expensive, Bozeman...the same. Libby, west of Kalispell and near the ID/MT border, has less expensive prices but they are also dealing with the asbestos cleanup in that area.
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Old 02-18-2017, 04:37 PM
 
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Hello. My wife and I moved to Tyler, TX from Billings, MT in 2015. Billings is the largest city and is about 50 miles from Red Lodge which is by the Beartooth Mountains (next to Yellowstone Park) and has a ski area.

Another 135 miles east of Billings is Bozeman which is located at the base of the mountains. There are several ski area around Bozeman.

Billings would most likely(?) have the better job prospects just because of the size of the city compared to Bozeman.

Helena and the Missoula are also very close to the mountains and have ski areas.

A few comparisons I've noticed.

1) Montana has millions of acres of public land to hunt,fish,ect., Texas is very limited in that regard.

2) Way less people in Montana, and way less of a rat race overall.

3) Gas is a lot cheaper in Texas

4) No sales tax in Montana, but they do have a 6.5% income tax.

5) Property taxes are a LOT cheaper in Montana than in Texas.

6) The cost to license a vehicle in Texas is way cheaper for newer vehicles.

7) Overall, for us, taxes where higher in Montana than Texas, as are (or where) land/home values.

8) You can get a lot more house/land for your money in Texas as of 2016/17 than in Montana.

9) Winter (and sometimes spring and fall) can be very, very cold and windy in Montana.

10) In Billings, MT there seems to be bars or so-called casinos on every corner, in Tyler, TX there are churches on every corner. (I personally prefer the later, but can also relate to the former in my younger days

11) Missoula, MT is a small version of Austin, TX.

After 1 1/2 years in Texas I would have to say I favor Montana over Texas by a 60/40% margin because of the population density and lack of public land in Texas. But I do like the weather much better in Texas.

Take care!

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Old 02-20-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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Hello. My wife and I moved to Tyler, TX from Billings, MT in 2015. Billings is the largest city and is about 50 miles from Red Lodge which is by the Beartooth Mountains (next to Yellowstone Park) and has a ski area.
Quite a change from TX weather to MT, and people in MT aren't nearly as friendly as Texans. Well, I can only speak for smaller NW MT towns like Kalispell.

Curious to hear more of your pros and cons. We're scouting to move from MT to TX this spring because we don't find it friendly enough of economically viable enough (Kalispell area, mind you) to raise our kids. Plus, these gray winters are sucking our souls away.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Quite a change from TX weather to MT, and people in MT aren't nearly as friendly as Texans. Well, I can only speak for smaller NW MT towns like Kalispell.

Curious to hear more of your pros and cons. We're scouting to move from MT to TX this spring because we don't find it friendly enough of economically viable enough (Kalispell area, mind you) to raise our kids. Plus, these gray winters are sucking our souls away.
Kalispell is an outlier & more like a northern Idaho town.

Jobs.mt.gov is the multi listing jobs site which has some postings to give an idea.

I would think private employers in energy & mining would have better compensation than state government positions. Get the job or several prospects first & come back for info on the areas. The state us big and thete are many sweet spots.

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Old 02-23-2017, 06:23 PM
 
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I think Montanans are super friendly. Montanans are probably more reserved than Southerners or even Southwesterners, but it's super easy to break that ice here. JMO of course.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:12 PM
 
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First thing you do, get your car registered and get Montana plates. My brother and his wife moved up there and someone put a "GO HOME" note on his car bearing his Texas plates.
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Old 03-08-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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First thing you do, get your car registered and get Montana plates. My brother and his wife moved up there and someone put a "GO HOME" note on his car bearing his Texas plates.
That's messed up! First time I've heard of it. When I moved up here, I milked getting new plates for a few months and never had a jerk do something like that. I'm sure it can happen anywhere; but, yes, there is often some who have that sentiment.
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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Just keep in mind you are trading the TX summer for the MT winter. Where I live in Kalispell it has been cold/gray/snowing/icy since early November and just dropped several inches of wet snow last night. Saw a car spun out in a snow bank this morning and trucks sliding at stop signs. There is one more day of sunshine a year in SEATTLE compared to here.
Check out sunny days in MT:
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Billings 201
Glasgow 197
Great Falls 185
Helena 186
Kalispell 151
Missoula 158
Compare that to some TX cities:
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Amarillo 261
Austin City 229
Corpus Christi 223
Dallas-Fort Worth 232
Houston 204
San Antonio 224
If you grew up in sun like I did, you think you can handle it. Initially it's beautiful. After a month the novelty has worn out. I laugh at posters who say they like the winter. Nobody likes a long gray winter. The locals here are all bitching about it by this point. Seasonal Affective Disorder can set in and it can knock the wind out of your soul and send the bottle to your lips.
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