For many, the idea of living in Montana is a dream come true.  For those not born here, there is a mystic that surrounds Big Sky Country.  From the amazing scenery to the charming small towns, Montana is unlike any other.

I like to refer to it as the "Montana Migration".

Folks deciding to make a new start and see all that Montana has to offer.  They buy a pair of boots, a cowboy hat, and a 4-wheel drive. They decide to become a Cat or a Grizz fan, and then stuff their closet with the appropriate colors. Plus, let's not forget about their newfound love for everything Huckleberry.

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For the last few years, people have been flocking to Bozeman so that they might enjoy the "Montana Lifestyle".  If you're one of those who've recently made the move, there are some pretty important things you need to know to make your transition as smooth as possible.

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Bozeman Is Not Like The Rest Of Montana

You've no doubt heard all of the nicknames for Bozeman by now, and many of them are meant to be insulting.  The truth is, Bozeman is different.  What was once a cowboy and college town has turned into a place where the rich and famous hang out. While our historic downtown has fantastic locally-owned businesses, we also have shops that cater to the fancy folk. So, if you're looking for that "authentic" Montana town, it's not here.

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Don't Worry About Being A Transplant In Bozeman

You'll hear the term "Transplant" often.  This of course refers to anyone that wasn't born here in Montana. However, I wouldn't worry too much about it, because the truth is, about 70 percent of the area isn't from here. My suggestion, change your plates as soon as possible and get to living your life while enjoying all that Bozeman has to offer. There will always be haters that scream "GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM" but 99.9 percent of those folks are internet trolls that hide behind their keyboards and complain about any type of change.

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Bozeman Roads Can Be An Issue

There is a joke that there are two seasons in Montana. Winter and Road Construction. The winter months can be a bit much to take, especially if you're not used to driving in the conditions.  Roads can get bad, and stay bad for a while. When you combine snow and ice, and then more snow and ice it can be a challenge.  Then there is road construction and tourist traffic, which will most definitely make you swear. My best advice, give yourself extra time no matter the season.

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Your Tastebuds Are Going To Love Bozeman

Whatever food you're into, you'll find it here.  Bozeman has an impressive culinary scene and it's certainly fun to check out different restaurants to find your "new favorite".  From simple, down-home cooking, to award-winning cuisine, there is something for everyone. Not to mention, we have two restaurants that have been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives".

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Everything Is More Expensive In Bozeman

It's not cheap to live here.  Houses, apartments, utilities, groceries, gas, all of it adds up and for many folks, it's simply too much.  In fact, and this might be hard to believe, but according to some research, Bozeman is the poorest city in Montana. So, if you're new to the area, hopefully, you're in a financial situation that allows you to enjoy your new life in Bozeman and Montana

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