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Audra    Posted 10-28-2003 at 12:30:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi there! I am a nurse and am planning to move to Southwestern Montana when I get out of school. Any advise on towns, entertainment, cost of living, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

Hal/WA    Posted 10-29-2003 at 22:27:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a number of nice towns/cities in Western Montana. As a nurse, you more than likely would be able to find decent paying work right away in almost any of them. The cost of living has gone up quite a bit in Montana in recent years, what with lots of California money buying up lots of the property, but there still are probably still a lot of OK buys in housing. Montana still does not have a sales tax, but does have a state income tax. Transportation is a big expense, since lots of things are really spread out.

For entertainment, what do you like? Except for maybe the biggest cities, don't expect Broadway shows. But most fair sized towns have movie theatres. There are pleanty of bars and some dance halls and lots of fun restaurants and cafes. But hopefully you like outdoor entertainment. Western Montana has neat large mountains and lots of snow. There are wonderful ski areas. There are lots of lakes, rivers and streams, which have some of the best fishing in the world. The hunting is great and the scenery is fantastic.

If you want to be near a large city, Missoula is the obvious choice. It also has the largest hospitals in the area and all the good things about being relatively near to a big city. But many of the larger towns also have hospitals and might be more to your liking, and probably would have a lower cost of living.

I would suggest that before you move to Montana that you take a vacation tour through the various towns that you are considering. Look around and see what you like and what you don't like.

Do I like Montana? Oh heck yes! I would be living there now except my family is around Spokane and I want to be among them. But I go to Montana very often and have had all sorts of good times there. Good luck, I hope you find what you are looking for.

Audra    Posted 10-30-2003 at 17:25:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you so much for the info. It sounds great!! And I am not expecting broadway! I'm an outdoor girl so I really think I'll love it. I actually am already planning a vacation but it won't be until next summer. My family is hoping that I'll change my mind once I get up there, but I doubt I will. My entire family has lived in the same small town my entire life, but I am ready to get far, far away! Thanks again!!

magpie    Posted 10-29-2003 at 18:43:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been through the Virginia city area a few times, also been to Dillon. Real pretty country that area. I suppose entertainment would depend on what your likes are, probably lots of outdoor activities. Doub't if there are much in the way of big malls. I know some folks near Poulson (further north) they never really mentioned cost of living. Probably refelective of wages in the area.

toolman    Posted 10-28-2003 at 14:11:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i live just north of the northwest corner of montana, most of the people i have met down there are real nice, friendly folks, i think billings is about the largest city in the area your looking at , try doing a search on billings another nice town (city) to check would be kalispell, im sure youd enjoy it there , good luck.

sven    Posted 10-28-2003 at 13:27:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Audra, please ignore the comment from stormchaser, he is not representative of the rest of the fine folks here at Country Talk.

Audra    Posted 10-28-2003 at 13:33:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the warning!

Storm Chaser    Posted 10-28-2003 at 13:02:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know I had said that I was gone but I must be nice and ask a inportant question here little one. How,s about getting to know a city slicker storm chaser like me? You know I have once fell in love with a county girl and she taught me all the right doings,,,,,,,,,your from montana? I,am down here in texas standing on concreate surrounded by mall,s stores, resturants, How about I buy you everything in each store. I could use a county girl in my life,,,,,,,thanks and do let me know if your ever intested,,,,,,,

Audra    Posted 10-28-2003 at 13:31:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you had read my post you would have seen that i don't live in Montana but am planning to move there. As for being a country girl, i guess you could call me that. i have lived in OK all my life.

Storm Chaser    Posted 10-28-2003 at 13:47:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wow perhaps we should be well known! I lived in Hartshorne oklahoma for many many years. I recall my parents would have to drive to mcalester to do our chrismess shopping. I recall the indians in our schools known as the jones adacamy group that caused a great deal of trouble, almost each and every day many of us were faced with groups of them wondering around the halls and school grounds picking fights. I was born in muskogee oklahoma in 1964, I was a tw years old when we had moved to Tusla, then finely moved to the small town of Hartshorne when I was age 5. We lived there until the year of 1977, when the unployment got very bad and given the fact my dad was about ready to get layed off at the navy base near mcalester. He had a transfeer offer in Dallas Ft,worth And that is were I and they have lived since 77, I left home at age 19 and moved off to a nice surburb here in hurst just 15 miles east of Ft.worth........I did not see that word that said oklahoma!! I enjoyed those years in it was fun while it lasted. However when I go back it seems the population of the town has dropped a great deal, also the dead of winter in oklahoma is very boring......However I,am proud of the state I once lived in and therefore a die-hard boomer sooner fan,,,,,,,yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Audra    Posted 10-30-2003 at 17:18:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WHOO HOO!! Go SOONERS!!! I too am a OU fan and i love it in OK but i am ready to get far away. It's weird that you lived near McAlester, because I was born at McAlester 1980. We just barely missed being in the same county in the same year!!!

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