Moving to Montana

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If you’re moving to Montana, read the following tips to help make your move to Big Sky Country a big success.

If possible, plan on moving to MT during the spring or fall. Winters can be harsh, with extreme cold and lots of snow, especially in the northeast, while summers can be very hot, especially on the eastern plains. In addition, in wintertime, you can run into severe fogs or low clouds in the western part of the state.

Due to the cold winters, most construction on roads is done during the summer, so make sure to check with the Montana Department of Transportation to see if your route is clear when moving to MT.

Cities often host festivals, rodeos and other events. Check your local city’s calendar before moving to avoid getting stuck in crowds.

Throughout Montana, most cities were originally built as railroad or mining towns, but have all developed into unique communities. Montana offers a number of thriving place to call home, such as Helena, the state capital; Billings, a cosmopolitan; Great Falls, also known as Electric City; and Missoula, where you can ride your bicycle to get to work. Other cities to consider are college town Bozeman and historical Miles City, as well as Butte, Kalispell, Havre and Hardin.

Cost of Living

Compared to the US average, the cost of living in Montana is 6.29 percent lower. This is most likely due to the availability of energy resources such as coal, oil, gas and water, as well as the low taxation levels in the state. In fact, property taxes here are comparatively low, which makes owning real estate and vehicles much more affordable than in some other states. The average income for a household is almost $36,000, which isn’t the highest in the country, but again, low taxation levels and an average commute time of just under 18 minutes compensate somewhat for this.

Climate

When moving to Montana, you’ll find the east and the west of the state have totally different climates. This is due to the Continental Divide, which effectively locks more temperate weather in the western part. The eastern part of the state has a semi-arid continental climate, with less precipitation than the west. The northeast has the harshest winters in Montana, with severe cold, snow and ice. In the west, you’ll find milder winters, less wind and cooler summers. Be prepared to encounter fog in the west during the wintertime.

Happy Trails

Jean White

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