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Old 03-19-2012, 06:29 PM
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The Billings area is the strongest economy in the state. It is much more versatile in the job market, and is growing economically. It was not hit hard by economy collapse that has hit the nation, and as they did not go crazy in the real estate market when lots of the country did, homes are worth more today than they were 5 years ago, not lost half their value or more as many areas of the country did.

Billings has to major hospital providers, and both are constantly expanding and are the major health provider for not only Montana but 3 other states and southern Canada. They have staffs in all medical specialties, with excellent doctors. They cover so far away, they own two twin engine planes and their own helicopter to move people needing care. Billings Clinic Hospital system, also has medical clinics in numerous towns. If you are looking for hospital health care jobs, it is the hottest part of the state for that.

They are constantly building shopping centers, etc., to keep up with the need for more business areas. Some part of the nation they are shutting down shopping centers, but in Billings they are opening them.

Billings has a lower cost of living than many areas in the Mountain areas of Montana. Also when one runs a average income, to cost of living comparison Billings gives you more disposable income.

The real crazy boom area is in North East Montana where along with North Dakota and a part of southern Canada, they have found one of the biggest oil fields in the country, and it is developing fast. That is what the above poster was referring to. With the oil shortages, and the need for oil, this is not going to be a boom then bust situation for a long, long time. That is one reason that so many are pushing for the Canada to Texas pipe line. It will not only be moving oil from Canada but also from North Dakota and Montana. Moving it down to where there are refineries that need lots of oil.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:19 PM
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Originally Posted by TabathaLee View Post
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.
..................Sorry "Tab"........................the original post from the OP is dated NOVEMBER 2009............and never been back..............
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:31 PM
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Missoula and Billings both have great hospitals. Billings is a lot cheaper, life in both towns is nice, but Missoula is a little happier. Though it is happier here, the traffic is TERRIBLE. The streets and traffic in Billings isn't that great either, but on the newer, expanding west end of town the traffic is pretty well designed. The University in Missoula gives its own flavor to the town. Grizzly spirit is everywhere. I love both towns, and I wouldn't be able to decide which one I loved more. However, if I HAD to recommend one, it would be Billings.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:25 PM
Location: Brew City
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Helena is the way to go. I cannot in good concious recommend Butte to anyone (Lived there for 5 years while attending Tech). I tried Missoula and it wasn't for me. Bozeman could be nice I suppose. Kalispell is too secluded for me. I just say no thank you to Great Falls and Billings.
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