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Living in Kalispell - 10/13/2008
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Linda
Kalispell, MT

I've lived in Kalispell for 9 years now and I must say I don't like it. If I was not married I would move elsewhere where it is always warm. What is it like to live in Kalispell? Well, if you like to live a very simple life, then this is the place for you. Clubbing is virtually non-existent, cultural events are scarce. Housing is expensive, jobs are plentiful if you like to work retail and not to mention salaries are horrible. If you like the great outdoors, then this is the place for you for ALL seasons. Winters are long and dismal but mild. Summers are virtually nonexistent. They don't last much. Lets say you have money, want a vacation home, are retired and don't mind winters, like doing all types of outdoor activities, then this is the place for you. As for me, I can't wait to move. If you're thinking of moving here, come prepared.

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Coremungus
Lisle, IL

Unibomber NOT a Montanan - 2/16/2014

Actually politically correct individuals would be happier elsewhere. And the "Unibomber" was from Illinois and was only hiding out in Montana. He reflects nothing from Montana culture. Those politically correct individuals are not well equipped for the rugged mountain lifestyle of Kalispell. Kalispell is an incredible place to enjoy natural majesty of the outdoors. Schools are very good and housing is affordable. The difficult part of living there is the local economy. Most people living there are local low paying wage earners. If you have a decent job making good money, it can be the best possible place to raise a family. If not, it can be quite an economical challenge.

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Coremungus
Lisle, IL

Unibomber NOT from Montana - 2/16/2014

Actually politically correct individuals would be happier elsewhere. And the "Unibomber" was from Illinois and was only hiding out in Montana. He reflects nothing from Montana culture. Those politically correct individuals are not well equipped for the rugged mountain lifestyle of Kalispell. Kalispell is an incredible place to enjoy natural majesty of the outdoors. Schools are very good and housing is affordable. The difficult part of living there is the local economy. Most people living there are local low paying wage earners. If you have a decent job making good money, it can be the best possible place to raise a family. If not, it can be quite an economical challenge. Those looking to move here with entitlement mentality will not likely thrive socially or economically. Those like-minded self reliant individuals will find an amazing experience.

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John
Grand Island, NE

Abhd's hate speech rant - 5/18/2013

This is basically a very good example of hate speech. Montana is still America and we are all still Americans no matter where we are from. I have friends and family in both Helena and Bigfork and they certainly do not share this idiots views.We have the Constitutional right to travel any where we care to, without papers like in other commie countries do and we should not have to worry about some backwoods crazy person like this fool telling us to stay away. I am also a conservative politically but I do not tolerate others talking down, even threatening my other fellow Americans by warning them to stay away from ANY part of this beautiful land we call America. I have lived in the Grand Island Nebraska for 30 years and have NEVER seen or heard anyone ever tell other American people to stay away. This is all of our country and we have the DUTY to share it with each other openly and peacefully. If we cannot get along with each other than how are we supposed to protect our country from an out of control government who seem hellbent on removing every right and freedom we have from us and replacing them with some Orwellian way of life. Please remove this idiots posting. It is irresponsible and asinine and it gives ALL of us a very bad name. Thanks Abhd, thanks for showing us the WORST that America has to offer. No wonder the Uni-bomber was from Montana. Please feel free NOT to add to humanity's gene pool !

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Abhd
Kalispell, MT

To funny - 4/27/2011

Your right, we dont like clubs, this is our state where we like things just the way they are. If you want diversity and that huggy happy crap keep your butt in LA. It makes me laugh when somebody complains about it being cold. Take a look around, you moved to the mountains for christ sakes. we do like our guns if that bothers you move to California or New York. PS take your electric car with you.

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Bp
Kingston Springs, TN

Conservative, beautiful, and home - 1/19/2011

Kalispell has been a great community to move to. Frankly, I read some of the reviews here and smile. No, there is no clubbing. No, it's not diverse. Yes, it's conservative. And that's what in my eyes makes it perfect. It's been a wonderful place to raise a family. The people have been friendly, the hunting is awesome, the hiking, the fishing, snowshoeing.... I only hope this place doesn't continue to grow too excessively, to diversify. Frankly, I've come from that sort of place. Inevitably, the crime is astronomical, the people aren't nearly as friendly, the traffic is burdensome, everyone's looking for a handout, the schools are crap and drugs run rampant. You don't have any of that here. I'll take homogenously functional any day. As for competing for wages, I'm a physican, so frankly, there's a shortage of us, so it hasn't been bad in healthcare.

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jordan
Missouri City, TX

diversity - 11/1/2010

hey i was wondering how the diversity in kalispell is because ive visited once and have planned on moving there ever since but i get the feeling i will run into some radical racists there.....just a kind of vibe idk y.....im 17 on an unrelated note =)

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carolynn
Kalispell, MT

Great Town!! - 9/3/2009

I have lived there for 16 years. It really is a beautiful place, and it is not just a place for rich people. It is a normal town with all levels of wealth. You only need a good job and high paying wages if you want to live on expensive lake property. Most recreational activities are free to the public, and there is a great school system. All-around, a great place to live.

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carolynn
Kalispell, MT

Kalispell - 9/3/2009

I have lived there for 16 years. It really is a beautiful place, and it is not just a place for rich people. It is a normal town with all levels of wealth. You only need a good job and high paying wages if you want to live on expensive lake property. Most recreational activities are free to the public, and there is a great school system. All-around, a great place to live.

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Dan
Kalispell, MT

stay away - 7/11/2009

Kalispell is a great city. Please do not move here. WE do not take to outsiders We cling to our guns and religion. This is a one party town Republicans If you are a Democrat we will run you out of town

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Kyle
Kalispell, MT

A little bored - 2/2/2009

All in all kailspell is a great place. very beautiful with lots of outdoor activities. thr only thing i hate about it is the night life after nine especially on the weekdays it's like they board up the windows and all is dead i can see where some would like that but for me i want a little more adventure

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April
Kalispell, MT

Transportation - 12/20/2008

Although there isnt a lot of public transportation there isnt a lot of traffic making it easier to get places

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Amanda
Kalispell, MT

Beware of Kalispell. Move to Missoula instead. - 11/6/2008

I do not advise anyone to move here. If you are moving from another state you will be seen as an "outsider". My husband has been called racial slurs to his face at work by his co-workers and boss. He happens to be half caucasion and half hispanic. He quit the first job because the harassment got to be too much. There are not many opportunities for advancement employment wise here and there are also not many things for children to do. Check out city-data statistics before considering a move here. It is very pretty and there are many outdoors types of things to do here but that is about it. It is also very cold in the winter time. This is not a community for the faint of heart. I would suggest moving to Missoula instead.

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Linda
Kalispell, MT

Living in Kalispell - 10/13/2008

I've lived in Kalispell for 9 years now and I must say I don't like it. If I was not married I would move elsewhere where it is always warm. What is it like to live in Kalispell? Well, if you like to live a very simple life, then this is the place for you. Clubbing is virtually non-existent, cultural events are scarce. Housing is expensive, jobs are plentiful if you like to work retail and not to mention salaries are horrible. If you like the great outdoors, then this is the place for you for ALL seasons. Winters are long and dismal but mild. Summers are virtually nonexistent. They don't last much. Lets say you have money, want a vacation home, are retired and don't mind winters, like doing all types of outdoor activities, then this is the place for you. As for me, I can't wait to move. If you're thinking of moving here, come prepared.

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Abhd
Kalispell, MT

Blah - 8/13/2008

I've lived on the West Coast...I've lived on the East Coast...and a few places in between. And this has to be absolutely the worst place I've ever lived. The winters are long, not as harsh as one would think, but long none the less. It's a beautiful place to visit but living here is amazingly difficult. It's hard to find a place to rent under $1000.00 per month, which may seem like a bargain to some (depending on where your at now) but not so much so when the average job for the average Joe pays $8.50 per hour. There seems to be a lot of married people here, not much in the way of "single life activities" The town it self isn't prepared for any kind of growth. It takes about 20 minutes to get from one side of town to the other and that's like 5 miles if that. There is no public transportation. On a positive note I will say the crime rate is relatively low. Most of what I've noticed going through the court is DUI's and domestic disturbance kinds of things.

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Brett
Kalispell, MT

Vacation vs Living Here - 3/31/2008

Kalispell is a great place to vacation if you like outdoor recreation or beautiful scenery. But if you’re thinking of moving here be prepared: there are definitely not 151 sunny days – there are about 70 (trust me, I’ve been here for years - and check the chamber’s page too). Kiss the stars goodbye – it’s always cloudy. Expect to miss all wonderful astronomical events because of this. The Flathead Valley has only 6 weeks of true summer weather (shorts & tshirts) – beyond that you will be wearing jackets and pants at some point every day or you will be cold. Lakes and rivers don’t get real warm, even in the summer. Winters are mild, but it’s definitely a long, dark season with short daylight hours, and thick cloud cover – expect to have SAD most of the year. Job opportunities are limited, and often seasonal. People with college degrees can expect to do work that does not require a degree. The cost of living (especially housing) is expensive in comparison to average earnings. The average Joe needs a working spouse to afford an entry-level house. Property taxes are high. Communities are highly conservative-Christian. Social hot spots are non-existent. Shopping is limited, but improving due to area growth. There is a community college, but no university. If you like to read genres other than fiction, expect to use inter-library loan. Airline ticket prices are off the charts! On the upside, it is a safe and caring community, still fairly quiet, and definitely beautiful all year long. Great views, no tall buildings around. There is no sales tax and you don’t have to wait in line anywhere.

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Erin
Kalispell, MT

Can't wait to leave - 1/26/2008

Cliquish, clannish, SAD, conservative, good ole boys, maniacs w/ guns; easy to see why the Uni-bomber made Montana home.

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Marshall
Kalispell, MT

Ho-hum - 1/9/2008

Kalispell is a safe, easy going place to raise a family. Be prepared to compete for your wages and your home though, as the job market and cost of living are unfavorably skewed. Logging and construction are big industries here, as well as tourism, but the economy comes to a screeching halt during the winter. There isn't much for a social scene, and the public is fairly close minded. All in all, it's boring and a bit depressing here, but the wilderness is nice. It's just hard to make friends here.

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Dianna
Kalispell, MT

Kalispell-Western Montana - 3/25/2007

It is a beautiful place to live but very expensive. The wages need to catch up with the cost of living. It is a clean city low crime and close to lots of beautiful and remote recreation areas. Great if you have the money and a good high paying job. Dianna H

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