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Old 05-15-2008, 12:09 AM
 
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Well Butte did have a reputation years back as a pretty rough town, maybe it still can be.
Helena is a nice area, the place really is safe and the people here are very friendly. Montana will not suit people who like the big city life but for those who like a slower pace and dont mind driving long distances this is a pretty great place.
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Missoula,MT
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I agree Heyoo, i use to live in a small town of 300 for a few years drove 50m one way to work, never locked my house, it was always open, never locked cars, never worried about anything.
The big cities well if you can call them that.. I laugh at people that call Hellena and missoula big cities.. but ayway... i'd lock them, mainly because the tweekers and kids, but you get out in the smaller towns... crime is not a issue...
I think the main reason crime is so low here is everyone has guns of some sort, and people that try to break in and rob a place know that...
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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As a newbie myself, here are my findings:

The bad:

The produce here is horrible. And expensive.

People here don't know how to merge on the interstate.

There are a lot of casinos, why so many? What good do they serve?

I am finding out it is very hard to find a decent place to rent - part of its my fault, I'm one of the many moving here.

The good:

People here are extremely friendly and helpful. I have never met so many friendly, caring people in all my life.

No government red tape. I went and registered my out of state car, then got my Montana driver licence in less than an hour! I would have moved up here 15 years earlier had I known that!

The scenery is beautiful - except for the refineries, but hey were all slaves to the black gold.

Outdoor activities are endless.

The illegal aliens haven't invaded yet, turning this state into Mexico # 5.
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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I've never felt such love-hate for a place in my life! Just can't say enough about the dichotomy of feelings that develop over 38 years for a place so beautiful yet so cruel. Missoula's kind side is often overwhelmed with profiteers - hardly a good employer around, horrible wages and 400 applicants for each job. The schools are good but bullying is endemic at the grade school level. The University of Montana is a joke/ party school/ date rape center. If you're over 50, forget even getting a job. There are so many opportunities to go out and enjoy nature yet poverty keeps you stranded in sub-standard housing. Worked my way from housekeeping to Health Unit Coordinator over five years in a hospital only to be fired unfairly; it devastated me. Be aware that the price you pay to live here may be way too high for most people. This town wants to be another yuppified Boulder, CO without the land protections. The squeeze you feel in the rest of the nation is a bona fide recession here and the suicide rate reflects it. The few unique and beautiful angles to Missoula are its artistic and musical sides (we get awesome concerts) and its abundance of truly original characters. Be prepared to be very, very lonely if you don't drink alcohol. Growing seasons are short but sunny and can be extended by various methods - lots of organic gardeners and a great farmer's market (huge). Last but not least, Missoula is dog heaven! People live for their dogs here and it makes me smile ear to ear. Ask me more if you need...
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:39 PM
 
Location: SW Montana
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Did our homework.

Made the move.

Never regretted a single aspect of the transition.

Plan on growing old here.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:52 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I've never felt such love-hate for a place in my life! Just can't say enough about the dichotomy of feelings that develop over 38 years for a place so beautiful yet so cruel. Missoula's kind side is often overwhelmed with profiteers - hardly a good employer around, horrible wages and 400 applicants for each job. The schools are good but bullying is endemic at the grade school level. The University of Montana is a joke/ party school/ date rape center. If you're over 50, forget even getting a job. There are so many opportunities to go out and enjoy nature yet poverty keeps you stranded in sub-standard housing. Worked my way from housekeeping to Health Unit Coordinator over five years in a hospital only to be fired unfairly; it devastated me. Be aware that the price you pay to live here may be way too high for most people. This town wants to be another yuppified Boulder, CO without the land protections. The squeeze you feel in the rest of the nation is a bona fide recession here and the suicide rate reflects it. The few unique and beautiful angles to Missoula are its artistic and musical sides (we get awesome concerts) and its abundance of truly original characters. Be prepared to be very, very lonely if you don't drink alcohol. Growing seasons are short but sunny and can be extended by various methods - lots of organic gardeners and a great farmer's market (huge). Last but not least, Missoula is dog heaven! People live for their dogs here and it makes me smile ear to ear. Ask me more if you need...
This sure does sum it up.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:56 PM
 
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Several talk about how the wages are so low in Montana. If you adjust for cost of living, you find that in the Western and Mountain states, that only Wyoming, Washington and Colorado beat out Montana. We are ahead of powerhouse states like California. See second chart for the adjusted median incomes show you the real truth. It is not how big the paycheck is, but what you can buy with it.

Which States' Residents Have the Most Cash to Spend? -- The Motley Fool
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: MA/ME (the way life should not be / the way it should be)
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That is a great tool, now only if they did it on a per-county basis...
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Several talk about how the wages are so low in Montana. If you adjust for cost of living, you find that in the Western and Mountain states, that only Wyoming, Washington and Colorado beat out Montana. We are ahead of powerhouse states like California. See second chart for the adjusted median incomes show you the real truth. It is not how big the paycheck is, but what you can buy with it.

Which States' Residents Have the Most Cash to Spend? -- The Motley Fool
This is a pretty invaluable statistic when considering Montana's population distribution among all its 56 counties against the percentage of millionaires and billionaires in Gallatin, Park, Sweetgrass, and Missoula counties.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:12 PM
 
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