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Old 04-22-2011, 04:41 PM
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According to the City-Data website, the Average Income for the Biggest cities in Illinois, and in Montana the following are the Average Household Income. What the site at the start of this thread used, was the one person income for the state of Montana and the Household Income for a couple in Illinois. That was not a fair comparison. This put Illinois at the top, and Montana near the bottom. When you use household income for both areas, you find that Billings actually has a higher family income than Chicago.

Chicago Il $45,734

Billings Mt $45,957

Put them through a living cost comparison and you find: A salary of $45,734 in Billings, Montana should increase to $51,953 in Chicago, Illinois to have the same standard of living. In other words, the the best state they listed Illinois, actually has an average household income adjusted for cost of living over $6,000 behind Billings Mt.

Letting those big sites that give out false information on Montana is good for the state, as it helps us keep the population down, our unemployment rate over 3% lower than Illinois, and the living quality better for us out here in Montana with our crime rate less than half of Illinois where Illinois is 13th highest crime state in the nation, and Montana is clear down to 41st on the list. You can walk around any part of Billings at night and feel safe, but I bet they cannot say that about Chicago.

You don't have websites about Gang activity in Billings like you do in Chicago.

[ CHICAGOGANGS.ORG ] CHICAGO GANG INFORMATION WEBSITE and Behind Chicago's high-crime summer: persistent street gang violence - CSMonitor.com (http://tinyurl.com/3wf6a62 - broken link)

Montana keeps having problems of Gangs from out of state moving here to try to set up drug sales, but keep getting caught. Article on two of them is

The United States Department of Justice - United States Attorney's Office (http://tinyurl.com/3rokag6 - broken link)

Two Hispanics trying to move in here and blend in. We have had a few gang murders over the years, but they have shot one another each trying to get a foot hold here and are not very successful at it.

Hispanics only make up 3.1% of population in Montana, so they stand out and are easy to spot the Hispanic Gang Members if they wear gang colors, act like typical gang members, etc. Black population well below 1%. In our town, we have one Black family. Highly respected, with the two kids in college. He is a long time deputy sheriff. So all in all, we don't get these racial based gangs like in Illinois, etc. One reason our crime rate is so low compared to most of the nation.
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