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Old 05-11-2015, 01:15 PM
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We moved to Northwest Montana based largely on James Wesley Rawles advice at http://survivalblog.com/retreatareas/ and never regretted it. It is what I'd describe as 'solid 2nd Amendment territory'. If you are a Christian, you will find that Christ is truly Lord Of Our Valley. Everywhere you look in town are signs and even billboards of the Ten Commandments.

Also through Mr. Rawles we met Liberty Pastor Chuck Baldwin. If you are thinking about moving to the Kalispell area, please join us and fellow patriots for Sunday service. Pastor Chuck founded this as a Liberty Church. It is NOT an IRS-censored 501c3 church where you must leave your Constitutional rights in the parking lot. If you love liberty you will feel right at home. Some of our most loyal members are probably not believers, but God works in strange ways. Details at http://libertyfellowshipmt.com/
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How is the job market? Doesn't Montana have an income tax?
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Been to Kalispell, I have family up there. Wanted to move in 2011. Might get to try again in 2016. Love it up there!!
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This is the exact area my wife & I want to move to. Our plan for the last 10 months is to move there once our son is a few years old & our careers are more secure. Since he was born just three weeks ago we have a bit of time. When we get a chance we plan to take a vacation up there and travel through Missoula, Bigfork, Kalispell and Whitefish. I really want to live close to the Flathead lake area but with the University of Montana right in Missoula it'll be a tough choice. Though I think Bigfork is my # 1 choice as of right now & Kalispell coming in second.
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I love the valley myself. But don't worry about the State Income Tax. You won't make enough money here for it to be much of a problem.

Seriously a lot of jobs are in the $9/Hr range with most between $10 to $13 or so unless you have a medical degree or the like. The only sure way to make a good living here is to bring your job with you. Still a beautiful place though.

Politics, check it out, still too many liberals.
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But no sales tax.
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Montana has insane taxes to make up for no sales tax. They rape in every other aspect. I love Montana but it's not perfect. I wish they had sales tax instead of some of their other craziness. At least then we could get some money from tourist instead of sole burden being on residents. Kalispell is a gorgeous area. However there is a lot of nut jobs out there too. Jobs are not great. I make 40.65 an hour where I am now the same job in kslispell area would be about 12/hr. There's pluses and minuses to both. Great area but I think I'd look into north Idaho or ne wa. Land is substantially cheaper in those locations.
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Montana has insane taxes to make up for no sales tax. They rape in every other aspect. I love Montana but it's not perfect. I wish they had sales tax instead of some of their other craziness. At least then we could get some money from tourist instead of sole burden being on residents. Kalispell is a gorgeous area. However there is a lot of nut jobs out there too. Jobs are not great. I make 40.65 an hour where I am now the same job in kslispell area would be about 12/hr. There's pluses and minuses to both. Great area but I think I'd look into north Idaho or ne wa. Land is substantially cheaper in those locations.

That is true but most of Montana does not have the high property values of Kalispell. Since Montana relies heavily on property taxes, you are going to feel it in high property value areas. But get out of the top five or six counties in population (and thus housing demand) and you are looking at a whole different situation. I live in a 1400 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and pay about $1000/year in property taxes, which is not unreasonable.
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That is true but most of Montana does not have the high property values of Kalispell. Since Montana relies heavily on property taxes, you are going to feel it in high property value areas. But get out of the top five or six counties in population (and thus housing demand) and you are looking at a whole different situation. I live in a 1400 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and pay about $1000/year in property taxes, which is not unreasonable.
How many acres is that on? I've known people with only a few acres get stung for PT's.
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Montana has insane taxes to make up for no sales tax. They rape in every other aspect. I love Montana but it's not perfect. I wish they had sales tax instead of some of their other craziness. At least then we could get some money from tourist instead of sole burden being on residents. Kalispell is a gorgeous area. However there is a lot of nut jobs out there too. Jobs are not great. I make 40.65 an hour where I am now the same job in kslispell area would be about 12/hr. There's pluses and minuses to both. Great area but I think I'd look into north Idaho or ne wa. Land is substantially cheaper in those locations.
It doesn't sound like our area is a good match for you. And to be honest, we prefer folks who move here because they love Montana, love liberty, and love our Lord.

'Nut jobs'? I'd love to hear your criteria for one to qualify as a 'nut job'. I have a hunch I'd be near the top of the your list. That's fine. Like our liberty Pastor says, 'If you are not taking flack, then your are not even flying over the battlefield."
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Montana has insane taxes to make up for no sales tax. They rape in every other aspect. I love Montana but it's not perfect. I wish they had sales tax instead of some of their other craziness. At least then we could get some money from tourist instead of sole burden being on residents. Kalispell is a gorgeous area. However there is a lot of nut jobs out there too. Jobs are not great. I make 40.65 an hour where I am now the same job in kslispell area would be about 12/hr. There's pluses and minuses to both. Great area but I think I'd look into north Idaho or ne wa. Land is substantially cheaper in those locations.
It's true that MT does have property taxes and few well paying jobs, but I think you're exaggerating the cost of living. I can't even figure out what you're getting at.

Job situation in ID or NE WA is going to be the same. And I'm sure they have property taxes as well.

Nut jobs! That's funny, coming from someone who lives in western Washington! Of course you don't have any nutjobs in Seattle, lol.

Personally I'd rather live with less money and have a better quality of life, than slave away in a liberal stronghold as part of the rat race with the goal of making the $3,000 monthly mortgage payment for the house on 1/8th acre that the bank owns, and make the $600 car payments for the cars that the other bank owns. While the socialist politicians hold their bootheels on my throat.

It's all about priorities!
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I have family in Kalispell. It's a goal for me to move there. Hopefully in the next 3 or 4 years. It is beautiful up there. After my last visit, all I wanted to do was come back and pack up the U Haul and go right back.
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Love the Kalispell area & west of there. Fishing the Clark Fork just outside of St Regis watching the Big Horns climb & play while fishing is awesome! Haven't been up there in a few years. Can't wait to get back.
Now that I think about it,
Any one have a small cabin outside of the city they'd rent cheap to a man & his dog?
Probably closer to Missoula so for work. Any road construction goin on there? I drive a truck but came off living over the road years ago & not looking to go back to it. Can drive and haul anything, cattle, logs, chips, poles, gravel, flat, dump, tanker, refer, but it needs to be a local day shift job.
Links to news paper job adds, places for rent out of the city, etc.....?

Any help would be apreciated!
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There's always work going on in MT with the roadcrews, especially in summer. Give that a buzz and see what's next!

It's one of the few states that doesn't have the Mexifornia brigade dominating them too! LOL
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Kalispell here, wouldn't live anywhere else except maybe Alaska.
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The Flathead was a great place to grow up 20 years ago.
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In what way has it changed since then?
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In what way has it changed since then?
Californians. Lots of them.
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Californians. Lots of them.
Yeah I've seen and met a few, but most tend to be conservative, so they get a pass for that one I guess.
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Montana is a Great place to live, I grew up here and wandered the U.S. for a while Always Came Home to Montana. I have my place in the Mountains FOR SALE now; we have a couple of California/Washington Nut Jobs here but a lot more Preppers and weekender City folks. My place is so well hidden that no one can see in but I can see them from my high ridges.
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