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Old 11-29-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Hello. I want to move to Montana from the east coast in 2 years. I am looking for a friendly, affordable area to move to where my extended family (grandchildren) can grow up and have a great life. I don't like the city, (too crowded), work in healthcare so would like to be not more than 45 min from hospital or such. Would like to purchase land and build if possible, make average income. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank You!
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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Hello. I want to move to Montana from the east coast in 2 years. I am looking for a friendly, affordable area to move to where my extended family (grandchildren) can grow up and have a great life. I don't like the city, (too crowded), work in healthcare so would like to be not more than 45 min from hospital or such. Would like to purchase land and build if possible, make average income. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank You!
I have heard Missoula Is very nice. Its where the University of MT is. They also have a Good Hospital I've heard. Here is a link to info About Missoula. [Mod Cut] Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau. Im sure other people on here can tell you more about it.

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Old 11-29-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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I am hoping to move to Montana myself, but in the next six months rather than years. I have done research for a year and found Butte to be a wonderful area with average housing costs and it is not too far from Missula. You could even live in a small town out of Missoula and compute so you dont have to deal with all the large town madness. Try using google maps to get a better look at towns
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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I have just discovered this thread, I live in missoula and my whole life here but have traveled montana regularly. I wouldn't live in butte personally due to the town life. I like missoula however it is quite pricey. You can get great places in frenchtown, huson, east missoula, turah, bonner etc. depending on how far you want to drive. I grew up just west of town and loved it.
If yu haven't already moved here and/or have other questions feel free to message me.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:16 AM
 
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Default 10 posts like a 2 drink minimum?

OK, get ready to fill your Favorites:

Missoula Relocation Guide - Welcome to Missoula

Missoula MT Residents', Resource and Relocation Guide | Make it Missoula

Information and Events in Downtown Missoula, Montana | MDA/BID

Missoulian: News and Resources for Western Montana

I have so far found these sites the most useful. I have not moved there yet, but they give me a good idea of what to look for.

Enjoy!
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:19 AM
 
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Oh and before the "Doom & Gloom" shows up, there are positive things I am finding:

Economy still shaky, but Missoula and UM leaders optimistic
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:20 AM
 
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Oh and good luck! Lets us know how you are making out please!!!
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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Hello. I want to move to Montana from the east coast in 2 years. I am looking for a friendly, affordable area to move to where my extended family (grandchildren) can grow up and have a great life. I don't like the city, (too crowded), work in healthcare so would like to be not more than 45 min from hospital or such. Would like to purchase land and build if possible, make average income. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thank You!
The major cities of Montana are Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell, Butte, Great Falls, and Helena. Missoula, Kalispell, and Bozeman have the best scenery but I know Missoula and Bozeman are also some of the most expensive to live in and I don't think Kalispell is too cheap either. Butte is in a pretty area. The town is described by many people as rough, and it is run-down in some areas but since I've never lived there I really can't say too much. Billings is the largest city and while not in the most scenic location, it is still nice and has the mildest weather out of all of these places. I have very limited experience with Great Falls and Helena seems like a pretty decent town although I don't know anything about the cost of living. Last time I was there though (2005) it seemed that most people were building in the unincorporated Montana City area just across the county line in Jefferson County and I think it was due to lower property taxes (a Helenan here will hopefully chime in). Keep in mind that some of the rural areas in eastern Montana my be looking for healthcare professionals as well. That area isn't usually found on the postcards but the people there are the friendliest most down to earth people in the state IMHO.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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Outside Helena is definitely cheaper taxes wise, but sometimes being closer to work is better! I like Helena- surrounded by mountains and fairly decent shopping.

The eastern part of the state is looking for hired help, including healthcare but it may be temporary- it's a boom cycle right now.. Be careful what you do out there..
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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I'd recommend Bozeman. I moved here 5 years ago from Louisiana..
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