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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 13Low Cost of Living Ranking: 31
State Economy Ranking: 18
|Average Temperatures (Helena):
The Short of It
The state of Montana is brought to you by the following awesome OFB readers:
1) Arielle S. // 2) Catherine L.
What food best represents Montana?
- Health food! There are people there who take the granola lifestyle very seriously! 1
- Steak 2
What song best represents Montana?
- Wide Open Spaces? (I don’t actually know that song, or have any particular affinity for the artist, but the title says it all!) 1
- America the Beautiful 2
How does MT refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda or pop 1
- Cold one 2
If you could take a friend to one place in MT, where would it be?
- Glacier National Park 1, 2
Glacier National Park (photo by Dave Sizer)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about MT?
- That there’s no one there. When I left for college in OK, I joked that we were really excited about getting roads because our horses were getting tired, and people nodded sympathetically! Joking, people! We have running water and indoor toilets, too! 1
- We are all ranchers and cowboys and the whole state is mountainous. It snows all the time (though we do see snow every month of the year). 2
Best aspect about living in MT?
- It’s clean. The air is crisp and clear and in the summer it gets very warm, but not hot. I’m from the northwest part of the state, from a big valley about an hour from Canada, and the scenery is beautiful. Most days look like postcards. Everywhere you look you see mountains and trees (and wildlife!) that I haven’t seen since I moved away. 1
- Easy access to beautiful places, awesome fishing and hunting and outdoor activities. You can drive 30 minutes and be in the middle of nowhere with no one around. 2
Worst aspect about living in MT?
- Well, it is kind of cold. For a long time. But come on, that’s why we have heaters! My perfect scenario would be to have a summer and holiday home in Kalispell, MT and live the rest of the year in Oklahoma or Texas. 1
- If you drive for four hours, you are still In Montana and flying can be expensive from our tiny airports. 2
Summarize your feelings about Montana in five words.
- You would absolutely love it. 1
- We are tougher out here. 2
Our Freaking Take
Every time I think of Montana on a map, I always think of it as a giant buffalo. The shape sorta looks like one, right? Regardless, having spent a number of years in college in the Mountain West, I’ve grown to love big sky country. So much so that I feel claustrophobic now if I can’t see miles ahead everywhere I turn. I think the biggest pro and con of the state can be summed up by this answer: “You can drive 30 minutes and be in the middle of nowhere with no one around.” Part of me absolutely loves that idea. Isolation. Self-sufficiency (at least more than most places). Nature. And yet, those very same reasons also scare the crap out of me. I feel like I’d need to give the whole isolation thing a few dry runs before committing to a forever move to the state. To date, I don’t know if there’s any state we’ve covered that would alter our lifestyle and way of life as much as Montana. And there’s something cool to be said for a state that can claim that.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Montana? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?