Deciding to move somewhere new is always a fun decision to make. If you have lived in the same small town all of your life, there may come a time in your life where you want to branch out and explore new lands.
If you are unsure of where you want to move this year and Montana is one of the places on your shortlist, this list will be perfect for you. Today wale want to have a closer look at what to consider before moving to Montana this year.
- You’ll want to be outside
Montana is a place which has some amazing outdoor spaces and it is a place where nature really is king. A lot of the activities you do at the weekend will likely revolve around being outside because this is how the Montanans live their day to day lives as farmers and ranchers. You’ll be able to enjoy nature close up and get outside for amazing hikes, fishing, canoeing and a whole lot more.
- Public universities are great
If you have a child who is currently looking to join a university, or you yourself are looking to head back to school this year, Montana State University (MSU) and the University of Montana are great choices. They both offer amazing facilities to learn a variety of subjects and you will be able to make the most out of university life.
- Population density is low
When considering where you want to spend the rest of your days, one of the factors which often doesn’t come up is population density. How many people are crammed into a small town or area? If you like the idea of being private and having land to enjoy for yourself, Montana is a good choice because the population density is low. You will often enjoy empty roads and you’ll be miles away from your neighbours in most cases.
- Winter sports are amazing
One of the things you might not initially associate Montana with is skiing and snowboarding, by both of these sports are incredibly popular in this part of the world. There are 16 ski areas in the state alone and this allows tourists and residents to play around on the slopes and really up their skill levels. If you yourself enjoy winter sports then Montana could be a great place to move to.
- Winters are cold
When searching for a place to live all year long, it is important for you to think about the climate all year long. There are some parts of the world which don’t experience the seasons like other places, and these areas are often great for those who hate freezing winters and hot summers. But Montana is a state which enjoys all of the seasons in their glory and winters are incredibly cold. If you enjoy the snow and cold noses, then this is a great place for you to spend the winter season and Christmas.
- Montana is politically divided
Whether you are into politics or not, you will know that there are a lot of places which are divided in their political stance and this can cause a lovely population of debaters. Montana is one of these places where there are many areas which support one side and others which support the opposite.
- Ranching is a way of life
When you watch programmes such as Pioneer Woman, you can’t help but feel like ranching is a lifestyle which is more old fashioned than society now. But in Montana, they love the simple life and ranching is still a whole way of life for many of the residents. If you are looking to go into agriculture yourself and you want to change your career scope; there is no reason why you can’t try ranching for yourself this year and see what it can do for you.
- Hunting and fishing
One of the main downsides in the eyes of many of living in Montana is the culture of fishing and hunting. If you love animals, this might not be the ideal place for you to move because hunting is a big sport and most people hunt at the weekends for fun.
- You’ll need a 4×4
With the vast distances from one place to another, largely untouched and untampered with terrain, and the open and wild nature of Montana, you won’t last long with a little Fiat 500. If you want to move to Montana permanently and spend your life here, you need a car which can handle all terrains, and a 4×4 is a great choice which will allow you to enjoy those country roads in all of their glory.
- Housing is scarce
Before you consider moving to Montana, it is important for you to be aware that housing is fairly scarce. There aren’t as many houses in this part of the world as there are in others and because of this, you may struggle to find your house to begin with. Make sure to research and don’t feel too wounded if you struggle to find a house for sale, as a rental can still be an option while you look for a home.
- Wildlife is everywhere
If you love wildlife and enjoy spending time around animals, Montana can offer you some amazing views and sights every single day. You’ll be sharing your home and landscape with a whole host of animals and they will often come to say hello and see what you are doing.
- Montana isn’t a go-getting place
If you are used to living in a city where you are the first person to hear about new trends, you’ll be surprised at what you find when you move to Montana. Montana is very old fashioned in the realms of technology, fashion, and entertainment, so any new trends which come about will very likely take a while to reach you. This is why it is a good idea to move here if you are sick of the city lifestyle.