Bozeman, Montana 

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This IS our last best place! - 12/10/2017
We have lived on the west coast, in east-central, in the south, and in the midwest. The sense of humor of the residents of Bozeman, who often have also lived in numerous other areas of the United States, pleases us. Most people in Bozeman are articulate, honest, polite, and church members. If those attributes are what you value, then you, too, will value Bozeman. Admittedly housing is more expensive than expected, but this is a DIY-style place. Admittedly the dog population is hi, but the animal control officer is highly effective. Admittedly the winters are often very cold, but puffers and heavy jeans and cowboy boots are the style. Yep, in our opinion, Bozeman is the last best place.  Read More

Local Who Hates It - 5/24/2017
I grew up in Bozeman. I still live here. This place is overrun with 1) Californians, 2) East Coasters, 3) Boulderites, 4) trustfunders, 5) assorted rich assholes from out-of-state, and 6) itinerant bros coming for the skiing and flyfishing . Categories 1-5 move here, push up real estate prices, don't support the local economy by creating new jobs or working here, and in general have made it a hostile environment for those of us who grew up here and hoped to stay here. I make $60K a year (which is an anomaly in Bozeman), and I still can't afford a house here. Otherwise, the transplants who move here are cliquey and snobby.

Wages are REALLY low, and most of the jobs are in the service industry. Prices on EVERYTHING are near or above the national average. We get winter 6-7 months out of the year. This year, in fact, we had snow on May 17. If it's not snowing, it's cold. Even in the summer, it cools down at night enough to merit a jacket and long pants.

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Montanan suggesting living anywhere else in state - 4/24/2017
I'm a born and raised Montanan and have lived in every part of the state and Bozeman is my least favorite place so far. I came here for the college (which is way too experience for being taught only by TA's) and can't wait to get out.

Pros: Beautiful views, great hiking paths, dog friendly, low crime

Cons: Housing is insane! Everyone has a dog here and yet no rentals allow pets so you're forced to either buy a house or sneak your pet in. Bozeman is currently the fastest growing city in the U.S. at 4.6% growth and the city has not prepared at all for it. The streets are confusing and it is a 3-hour wait to get a title certificate or licence plates from the Treasurer's Office. The winter gets depressing if you aren't a snow bum because there is nothing else to do but that or become an alcoholic and join everyone downtown. It seems like everyone here is unfriendly and depressed, which actually could be the case considering how few sunny days there are. The Read More

Nice to visit, but you don't want to live there - 4/7/2017
I move to Bozeman in Sept of 2016. Nice weather at that time. Renting a house. $2200/month for 3br on a .5ac with a fenced yard. It's a nice little city. Expensive to live here. Very little pet friendly rentals. Housing costs are high, pay is low. There doesn't appear to be much crime other than graffiti. People are nice. Winter is long and very cold. Still getting snow in April. If you ride dirtbikes....forget it. There are only a handful places you can ride year round. Most places are closed from October to June. The local MX track costs $400/yr for 1 person to ride. I'm planning move further south as soon as Read More

Affordable rentals are a rarity - 1/6/2017
The housing stats are flawed for the cost of rentals in Bozeman. I don't know where they got their information. Perhaps they came to these rates based on an average including the surrounding communities. A quick search on Craigslist will reveal that there is no such thing as any housing for less than $600; if you found a studio apt for that price, or less, it would be a hovel an old motel room or a room in someone's basement. For one to live alone in this town would cost at least $800/month for rent. Most rentals are $1,000+. And if you have a pet, you can forget it. If a place is posted on Craigslist that is affordable and/or allows pets, it is snatched up immediately (within an hour or two). Good luck if you are a regular person trying to find affordable housing (30% of gross earnings); you will need it. Read More

Pls Review Bozeman MT - 1/30/2016
I currently live in the SF Bay Area and 3 of my empty-nester friends have recently moved to Bozeman. These 3 different families moved there because friends of theirs also moved there. It feels like a quiet migration is happening. Can you please do a more in-depth review of Bozeman, MT? Thanks, Read More

Earns the name "Last Best Place", if you can handl - 6/29/2014
I'm a southern transplant here & I've been here for over 12 years. I've lived all over the US. This is my Utopia. (Almost!) But it's not for everyone. The winter is WAY long, but if you enjoy snow, it is the perfect place. The air is very dry, and hot in the summer, although it is a brief season. Most houses do not even have A/C. The college MSU provides a lot of opportunities.
I've seen many young families move in and out over the years, because it is expensive - but still less than most major cities. You are paying for the view. And it's a good one, from almost every neighborhood in the Gallatin Valley you have a 360 view of mountains.
I'm not too worried about this post attracting too many people, because like I said, the winters are LONG, growing season is short, & I've seen a lot of people move away. Bozeman is perfect- for the right Read More

The Real Bozeman, MT. Told by a born and raised ci - 12/22/2013
(Sorry, this is really quite long and I didn't even get to share all the beauty of my town. Read if you like, I'm sure you'll get the gist of my opinion in the first few paragraphs! :) Have a nice day!!) Where do I begin? There are honestly so many great things to say about Bozeman. Some people like to think that the people here are snobby and rich and rude; and the world isn't perfect, there will always be people in every town that are like this. But the general population is not. We are however helpful, kind, energetic, caring and loving. There are so many non-profits and helping businesses that are eager to help out those who are in need of some extra care, whether they are members of Bozeman's community or they reside elsewhere. Some of these include but are not limited to: Habitat for Humanity, the Food Bank, the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Family Promise, Eagle Mount, various churches, Zoe Women's Center, Hopa Mountain, the HRDC, shelters for the homeless, and so many Read More

The Real Bozeman, MT. Told by a born and raised ci - 12/22/2013
(Sorry, this is really quite long and I didn't even get to share all the beauty of my town. Read if you like, I'm sure you'll get the gist of my opinion in the first few paragraphs! :) Have a nice day!!) Where do I begin? There are honestly so many great things to say about Bozeman. Some people like to think that the people here are snobby and rich and rude; and the world isn't perfect, there will always be people in every town that are like this. But the general population is not. We are however helpful, kind, energetic, caring and loving. There are so many non-profits and helping businesses that are eager to help out those who are in need of some extra care, whether they are members of Bozeman's community or they reside elsewhere. Some of these include but are not limited to: Habitat for Humanity, the Food Bank, the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Family Promise, Eagle Mount, various churches, Zoe Women's Center, Hopa Mountain, the HRDC, shelters for the homeless, and so many Read More


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