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Old 08-26-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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This is just a post to share something a friend had sent to me. I thought our unemployment rate was low!! My immedate area has an unemployment rate of just over 3%. As I've said before, one hour east of me the unemployment rate has now dropped down to 2.3%. I had no idea my neighbors to the west are having an even harder time finding employees. I know very little about the housing in Montana, but in Wyoming, apartments or rental homes are hard to find.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:12 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Thanks for the link Jammie!

That was quite an interesting article. I think I may pass it on to my brother who is looking for work, although Montana would be quite the drastic change for him.
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Old 08-26-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I was thinking about Montana but when I see how high their prices are getting and how people are trying to make any nice place in it only for the wealthy forget it. Same thing with Maine. Both are being robbed blind by house peddlers jacking up prices to insane levels. Maine is called the vacation state. That's really lame for an entire state to be for vacationers. I'll never move to a state where the prices are fluctuating to such drastic highs.
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Old 08-26-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Just wait, now, the word is out, and Montana will be the next Nevada or Arizona. It will become flooded with people. You will wish people had kept quiet because you will have big overcrowded booming areas and wish for the old days.
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Old 08-26-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Montana is huge. Just do like Ohio does and once a town gets a certain size start another. That way you keep them smaller and accessible. Just make sure the down towns are kept up. And Montana doesn't stand a chance to boom. Just look at its prices on Craigslist or city-data. If it booms it will be very short small lived booms for the wealthy. They tend to cutoff any nice areas for themselves without regards to the average family. They want to make the entire western portion of it for vacationers and big city transplants with wads of cash to spend. Not only that but they act like the entire western United States is only for privileged folks. Better enact some price gouging laws or tighten up on price fixing if you want it to stay reasonable and well balanced. Otherwise the message they're going to send is that they don't care for people, only their money's worth. Keeping towns smaller and starting new ones may be the only practical way to stop price gouging idiots.

I'll head to west Montana if it proves to be reasonable and defies the current price gouging in the entire western United States. Otherwise the rich and the illegals can have it. No place is worth sacrificing quality of life for a high cost of living unless you're income is boundless. Otherwise you will be a prisoner in a place that only cares about flaunting wealth. It will probably be another Denver or Phoenix before it can become a family friendly pace.

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Old 08-26-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Findlay, OH
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Forward by Horace Greeley...
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:01 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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It's my understanding that both Montana and Idaho have seen a recent jump in the cost of housing. It seems that many Californians are fleeing their state and many are moving to Mt. and Id.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: South Central PA
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The western states are pretty unstable when it comes to employment. It basicly follows ore prices. If ore prices drop, the mines lay off people.
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Old 08-26-2007, 09:29 PM
 
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I saw an article about that on Fox - from what I could find, the booming places have jobs with housing very hard to find. A lot of people live in trailers (I can't help but wonder how that would be in those extreme winter temps) and have the money for a house but nothing much is available.There were ads for a room in someone's house going for 700/month :eek Apartments were $1,500 and up. I know the salaries are supposed to be awesome for some jobs..only they can't all be high paying.
We'd consider Cheyenne, prices were less insane but so were the salaries. We could do better elsewhere.
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