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Old 07-14-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Hi. I have gone through some of the archives and found some interesting info but most of it is old or pre- recession. I am a working class guy and an unabashed right winger and Tea Party activist who currently lives in the mountains of upstate New York. The taxes, and influx of wealthy Liberal New Yorkers and New Jersey people has jacked up the cost of housing/livig here so much and has changed local politics that I can no longer stand living here anymore. From what I see it seems Montana is suffering from the same thing. Only from Californians for the most part. I have been to Montana once before and plan on going again at the end of the summer. I really love it there. I like to fish, hike,hunt and study local history. I am also used to mountain/ country living. Where in Montana is it still relatively affordable and not overly yuppified? I plan on renting as I think buying right off the bat is silly. Hell, I dont even know if I would get a loan in this economy. I have been to Billings and wasnt to thrilled by it. I am thinking more of the Western part of the State.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Hi and welcome.
I would ask do you need employment, that might determine the best area to start looking, it is a big state with lots of different climates, weather and political
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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Hi. Thanks for responding. Weatherwise I am pretty flexible. However I would try to avoid brutally cold! Like -20F for days on end. I would need at least part time employment to supplement what I already do. I should also say that I am in my mid 40s and single (still looking for a good woman.LOL) to give you an idea of my personal life.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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I don't think there is anywhere in Montana that has both jobs and weather that is not below zero for days on end in the winter. I've lived here all my life. You have to get used to long cold winters.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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Okay. Thats not a deal breaker for me.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Hello spackle

Well, under the listed criteria you gave, you are probably looking at the Kalispell/Thompson falls kind of area.

Pretty level headed and conservative in that area, but west of the divide so more moisture and therefore more vegitation than eastern Montana.
It gets a lot of snow, but not as much of the bone chilling cold with knifelike windchills the eastern part is prone to.

Other areas you might like could be around Dillon or Twin Bridges. Not as forested as Kalispell, but the mountains are close and it isn't as expensive, but still fairly close, (by Montana standards) to Bozeman and Butte for shopping.

You could also check out places such as Clyde Park, Wilsall or White Sulphur Springs.
Big Timber and Columbus also are nice and all of these are east of the divide but on the Shields and Yellowstone Rivers, so pretty nice.

Cascade and Ulm to the north, or Lincoln and Helmville also offer a lot of what you indicated as desireable.

Jobs are scarce here right now, same as everywhere in the country, and the more populated areas are more likely to offer some choices, but are also more expensive.

If you have some time drive around and do some looking because what I may find as perfect, you would hate.

If you avoid places like Missoula and Helena you will not run into a strong liberal population. Most of the state's people are pretty level headed with a strong conservative bent. Our Democrats here would be thought of as fringe right wing in places like san fransico or seattle.
The Tea Party is very strong here.

Good luck.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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That is some good advice from MTS. Not to deter you but you will have warmer temps in the western side of the state.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Wow. Thanks a lot MTS. Thats a lot to chew on. I have also heard good things about Coeur d'Alène. Anyone familiar with that little chunk of real estate?
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Just that it is beautiful, there is a NID thread
//www.city-data.com/forum/idaho...-porch-85.html
Nice folks, great photos.
Good luck!
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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What do you think about Great Falls pro or con for him? I've just been thru a few times, not enough to offer a strong opinion.
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