Bozeman, Montana is a beautiful place to live but look beneath the surface and there are some things you need to know before you move here.

Here are some important things to know before you commit to calling Bozeman home:

  • 1

    Cost of Living

    Whether you are buying or renting, the housing market in Bozeman is outrageous. You will be shelling out top dollar for a house and if you think you can live in a neighboring town on the "cheap," think again.

  • 2

    Long Winters

    Especially this past year, most Montanans know the winter season can last unexpectedly long. Many folks are equipped to deal with the cold, but if you are planning to move here expect cold temps through May.

  • 3

    Shop Local

    You could be judged on where you shop. Some locals will unleash venom on you for not supporting "local" businesses.

  • 4

    Transition Quickly

    If you move here, it might be a good idea to get rid of your out-of-state plates. Especially if they are sporting the word "California, Texas or Colorado."

  • 5

    Your Vehicle Will Be Judged

    With the long seasons and being an outdoorsy town, most residents drive SUVs, trucks or the popular Subaru. If you drive a "wimpy" car, you run the risk of blowing your cover.

  • 6

    You Had Better Like the Outdoors

    If shopping for nice clothes and hanging out at the mall is your thing, Bozeman might not be the place for you.

  • 7

    Get Involved

    One of the great things about Bozeman there is many nonprofits and events to get involved in. From 5k's to causes, it's a pretty great way to get integrated with the community.

  • 8

    Try A Local Brewery or Distillery

    Bozeman is a beacon for incredible drinks. Whether you want a great beer or a fantastic spirit, Bozeman has you covered with several breweries to choose from and three wonderful distilleries.

  • 9

    Cheer For the Bobcats

    You might have gone to college somewhere else but if you live in Bozeman, you need to cheer for the Montana State Bobcats. They have fantastic athletics and events.

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