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I'm not sure if I've admitted this on the forums before:  I wasn't so sure about moving to Montana.

You see, I'm from the suburbs of Seattle. I grew up with mossy, ferny, lush forested areas to play in just down the street. It's the land of plentiful rain, quite nearing a temperate rain forest ecology, actually. I'm struggling to describe how the forests there had such dense underbrush in most off-trail places that you would need a machete or something to hack your way through. Very, very lush growth. This was "normal" to me.

Montana is different. The area near Missoula (and much of the state I suppose?) is basically a high mountain desert climate. Less than half the rainfall - in some comparisons, less than a third the rainfall - than what I had been used to. It's a different kind of beautiful. So...Big Sky Country took a little while to grow on me. It's funny how the natural beauty of the place needed to be near and dear to my heart for me to be sure I wanted to live here. But there you have it. It did. And now it does.

It's strange to report this, because by most people's standards, and even some national rankings (more on that to follow), most people find Montana very beautiful. And then there are other assumptions about Montana being "cowboy country" or full of rednecks. Well, these kind of assumptions some times lead to other assumptions about the culture here. I have been guilty of this myself.

Living here, however, has turned out to be awesome in SO many ways. More than just the natural beauty. Though you don't have to listen to my opinions on that. Thanks to a friend in Missoula, I've learned there are rankings that confirm that Montana is a great place to live.

Montana rankings (most are 2016 rankings, if I recall) in all 50/51 states by:
  • fiscal condition #10 (source) - somewhere, for fiscal prudence, we might be #1, but I couldn't find that one
  • fastest growing economy #5 (source)
  • most beautiful #9 (by Thrillist - source)
  • best state for retirees #6 (source)
  • happiest state to live in #7 (source)
  • best business tax climate #6 (source)



  • largest land area and size (land and water) both #4 (source)
  • population #44 - or #8 (of 51) in lowest population ranking (source)
  • population density #49 - or #3 (of 51) in lowest population density (source)
  • most affordable college #7 (source)
  • household income growth rate #5 (source)

  • So how is that for some geeky stats?

    Please, add more about what makes Montana so awesome!




     
    Jocelyn Campbell
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    More good news about Montana! As the U.S. hits a record high organic acres, Montana ranks #2 in 2016 total organic acres!



    From Report: U.S. organic farmland hits record 4.1 million acres in 2016.
     
    Jocelyn Campbell
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    Montana has more bumble bee species than any other state. How cool is that?!

    Montana has more bumble bee species than any other state (Bozeman Daiky Chronicle article


     
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    cool things about Montana - one assumed you were talking about the weather
     
    Bill Erickson
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    David Livingston wrote:cool things about Montana - one assumed you were talking about the weather


    Well, it did get down to -30C last night in my corner of it. I had to put on a light jacket! 
     
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    Never been more proud to call Montana my home! Speaking of weather, Big Sky and Bozeman sure have been getting hit with some cold snaps as of late. Good Ol' Montana winters!
     
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