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Old 09-22-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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Question Best Cities for Young Family in Montana

Where would be a good place for a single income family (couple plus infant) to move in Montana?

My husband would need work in the construction/manufacturing/woodworking area (CAD, drafting, design, project engineering, estimating), and we'd need to be able to find a job for him in the $60,000 range.

We're not looking for anything in particular -- just safe, affordable, and a stable community.

Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:46 PM
 
Location: In an alternate universe according to some, AKA Aspergers
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Not being snide but good luck! Please let us know if you find such a place in MT...
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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$60,000 is not practical income in most parts of Montana for the type of work you are describing.

As a comparison, Semitool is looking for experienced degreed engineers for $32,000 a year.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: The Hi-line
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I'm working on a degree in Environmental Engineering and I won't be able to work in Montana when I've got it. I'll take my degree,,, like so many others...and work in Cali or some other place where I can make the most of my degree. Montana, at its current status, isn't really a good place for new families just starting out, its more of a retirement state. If you're into healthcare i.e. nursing, health insurance, hospital director, transcriptionist and so forth, Montana offers lots of jobs in that sector. Eastern Montana offers jobs in mining and oil industries....and actually would be a place I could get hired on, because they need enviro engineers out there, but they don't pay the national norm for those types of jobs.

I don't want to make this post so negative, so I'll tell you, if you want to live in Montana, try finding engineering jobs in places like Havre, Lewistown, Billings, Glendive, Glasgow or Miles City. These are, for the most part, Eastern Montana towns where the cost of living is a little lower than the Western 1/3 of the state. Also, Eastern Montana has been seeing decreases in population, so anyone wanting to move in will be welcomed as someone to help sustain the region. Good luck, hope you find what you're looking for.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Good advice, but save your money and bring it back to Montana to invest
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Originally Posted by ceeveg View Post
Where would be a good place for a single income family (couple plus infant) to move in Montana?

My husband would need work in the construction/manufacturing/woodworking area (CAD, drafting, design, project engineering, estimating), and we'd need to be able to find a job for him in the $60,000 range.
My sister and her husband are both architects. They had to leave MT in 1984 because they couldn't make a living in their profession, despite having guaranteed jobs (his dad's arch. firm, which had offices in 3 states). Things are probably better for all-around design engineers, but still...
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:48 PM
 
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This is all good to hear! We will definitely look elsewhere. Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: MT
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Look in Billings ..... I know Billings has engineering jobs available for $50-60k I have seen them.... just need to look. Got a job offer in Helena for $55k, so the money is out there. Not sure about this 32k for an engineering job ... there are much higher paying engineering jobs in MT.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Notice that the OP wasn't looking for "engineering" positions, she was looking for support positions that use technical skills in a manufacturing field. It's a subtle difference, but I don't believe that the OP DH is an engineer.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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Not sure about this 32k for an engineering job ... there are much higher paying engineering jobs in MT.
Semitool sucks regarding pay. There are other better paying jobs out there.
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