has written 4 SperlingViews. Currently, Todd is living in Gillette, WY and has a little something to say:
re: Will Bozeman Work for Us? - 8/25/2008 Posted On: 9/1/2008 1:15:03 PM
With the university, Bozeman is pretty tolerant of other races. The thing to be more concerned about with your kids is that they would be in a very cliquey town. Depending on how much money you have, many people in Bozeman are not afraid to remind you if you are a "have not." Also, many life-long Montanans are suspicious of Californians. The traffic in town will probably remind you of Los Angeles though. If you are buying a home you will probably be OK, but if you have to rent, be aware that there are a lot of slumlords in town. I hope this helps!
Big, Wonderful Wyoming! Posted On: 8/14/2008 8:42:34 PM
Casper is a very nice town to live in. It is big enough to have most of what you need and be self-sustaining yet it has a small town feel. The people there are some of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet. It is a very working class town and people don't care if you come from out of state, as long as you are a hard worker. I have found this town to be very accepting, contrary to the popular stereotype of Wyoming. The school system here is wonderful as well. Even though there are over 50,000 people, you can still see antelope and deer in the parks and golf courses. Wonderful place to live, I only left due to a job opportunity I couldn't refuse.
*If you are planning a move to Casper (and most of Wyoming) be sure to look for housing as soon as possible. It is tough to find! Also remember that the wind blows nearly non-stop in the winter and highways and interstates close at the drop of a hat.
A sad story of a nice town ruined Posted On: 8/14/2008 3:51:20 PM
Bozeman has some very nice people living there, although the locals are very few and far between as hardly any Montanan can afford to live there anymore. There are too many people who are trust fund babies (all the Audis and Cadillac Escalades on the streets) who don't work and just drive around all day and clog up the streets in the most poorly planned city I have ever lived in. They call it Bozangeles because it is overrun by rich people (mostly from California but not all) who have turned it into a little LA. Just about every chain store and restaraunt is in town and it has little unique character now. It has overrun most of the once beautiful Gallatin Valley to where all vestiges of middle class people are moving further and further away. While Montana State University is a wonderful university(one of the nation's best in engineering and architecture), my experiences there after leaving the dorms were not so pleasant. The businesses are in denial of students being there and will barely wait on them and most will not hire them. Landlords are the worst I have ever seen, they will not do anything to improve or maintain their properties but will expect the already poor students to pay for everything. By the way, these same landlords will buy or manage properties in the "middle class" cookie cutter neighborhoods with no yards and will let them go to pot. I saw a neighborhood do this in a three year period. This web site says Bozeman has a population of about 35,000 but I think it is easily 50,000+ now. To get an idea of how much this area has grown, it was probably only about 20,000 (if that) in the 1990 census, when it was a nice little town. If you plan on coming here to MSU, plan on staying on campus (there are alternatives to the dorms that are nice), otherwise give this town a pass. Unless you have access to a small fortune or are a brilliant entrepaneur, you will almost certainly not make it.
I also agree with Dogville Posted On: 8/11/2008 4:19:06 PM
I survived the outsider screener process but ended up getting laid off. They were stunned I looked outside of Missoula for another job. It's strange that people around this area hate outsiders so much, considering how inbred this place would be without outsiders moving in.