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Old 03-27-2012, 01:01 PM
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I think I have read through all the threads at this point. I see all the Cons folks have had to say. But what are the Pros?

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:31 PM
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In MSO, there is something for everyone. You can find ultra conservative groups to join or the most liberal people on the face of the earth. There is always something to do for any age group, including seniors. The park system is excellent, so even those without much money can entertain the family without spending a fortune. The town is fairly compact compared to other places, so you can be anywhere in less than 15 minutes. For such a small town, there is a fair choice of private schools for children. Homeschooling groups and choices in the area are active and excellent! There are lots of locally owned interesting shops. There are summer and winter mountain and water activities. You will never feel out of place walking or riding your bicycle somewhere, practically everyone else is also (not just the kids). At a major four-way traffic light, everyone might be stopped for the deer to cross. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:39 PM
Location: Leaving Montana for good...
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What you WON'T find is affordable housing for the basic pay range for most jobs and decent paying jobs on top of it.

Unless you brought money with you from elsewhere or are a doctor, lawyer, very good real estate agent, dentist.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:33 AM
Location: North Dakota
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Considering how many cons have been posted on City Data I would probably conclude there aren't a whole lot of pros. I think 1ceTr0n summed it up.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:10 AM
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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So much unwarranted negativity.

Missoula has character and funk, a charming downtown, beautiful scenery, trees, rivers, etc. And it's really not that expensive; the only cheaper areas are generally in the plains, midwest, and south. Granted, wages DO suck, but for those of us who've been lucky enough to exceed the average wage here, Missoula and Montana are great. Haters gonna hate.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:06 AM
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By living in a university town, you have the benefits that go with that -- concerts, plays, lectures, and the opportunity to take classes. Also sporting events, of course.

I live in Missoula and often have a love-hate relationship with it, although I've been here over 20 years and so the love wins out, obviously. Missoula is a strange bird. I read of it described once as "a melting pot that refuses to melt," and completely agree. There are great things like Out to Lunch and the Farmer's Markets in the summer, and more recreational opportunities than you can possibly do in all seasons.

Missoula is the liberal "black sheep" of Montana and that's why, I think, it gets a lot of negativity from the rest of the state.
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:14 AM
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Default east to west

Yes, another "moving" post. I am a CNY east coaster (love winters as much as other seasons) and I;m looking to move to Missoula for the amazing trout and salmon fishing mostly. I also saw that there are some ski areas around and that's great too. I'm a single 29 yo with a 6yo black lab. That's just about it. I am in the healthcare field (phlebotomist). All in all, really, how great is Missoula for someone my age? I come from a small-ish town (Marcellus) and am used to the 1-of-everything kind of village/small town and I can get used to that easily, as I work in the city and family lives in a highly-populated area, so my mind and body as accumulated to all areas of living. I also lived in Dillon, CO for a while. Im avid in fishing (A LOT), mtn biking, lots of hiking and being outdoors as much as I can. any information would be greatly helpful. I just have been dying to get out there for years now.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:31 PM
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Default We have a match.

You are the poster child of what Missoula has going on right now. Age. Check. Dog. Lab. Check. Employment. Medical Field. Check. You are all set.
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