Montana is by far one of the most beautiful states in the country.  We have amazing views and ample wildlife, and if you're an outdoor enthusiast, well, I can't think of a better place.

However, Montana is also one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and if you pay any attention to the real estate and rental markets, you know that certain parts of the state show no sign of relief in the near future.

So for those of you who might be considering making a move to Big Sky Country, it's going to cost you...a lot.

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According to the folks over at SoFi, the average cost of living is 47,887 a year. As someone who has lived here for years, I think that figure might be a little off. The website claims that the average cost of expenses per month is just under 4 grand, which if you do the math comes out to 48,000 a year.

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So is that accurate? Can you live in Montana for 48 thousand a year?  Of course, the answer to that question is you can, but just how comfortable are you going to be? Before we break down the numbers, let's take a look at the cheapest places to live in Montana.

These are the Top 8 Cheapest Towns To Live In, In Montana

Have you been contemplating moving to Montana? Maybe you already live here and the town has gotten so expensive you are having to relocate by no fault of your own. The good news, you can stay in Montana by moving to one of the cheapest towns in Montana.

PropertyClub.NYC has announced its 2023 list of the 8 cheapest Montana towns.

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I live in Bozeman and pay just under 2300 a month for rent for a two-bed/one-bath apartment, which apparently is a deal according to Zillow. However, that 2300 a month ends up being over 27 thousand dollars a year. Now granted, Bozeman is the most expensive city in the state, but let's take a look at the cost of rent in other cities across the state.

  • Billings-the average rent per month is 1495 a month
  • Bozeman-the average rent per month is 2,500 a month
  • Butte-the average rent per month is 1350 a month
  • Helena-the average rent per month is 2125 a month
  • Kalispell-the average rent per month is 1950 a month
  • Missoula-the average rent per month is 1695 a month

So we've established that renting in Montana isn't cheap, the problem is nor is buying a house.  With big asking prices for homes combined with high-interest rates, for those looking to buy a home in Montana, you're certainly going to need more than 48 thousand a year.

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In fact, SoFi says that living in Montana is more costly than over half of the rest of the nation.

The truth is, for those thinking of moving here, you might want to reconsider.  For those living here already, if prices continue to climb, many Montanans are going to have some tough choices ahead.

Top 5 Safest Cities In Montana, 2023

Like every state, there are always going to be a few towns that make us think twice about moving there or deciding where to raise our kiddos. But like I always say, "negative yells and positive whispers". The same goes for crime and violence; we hear about all the drug busts, assaults, break-ins, etc. It's not very often we hear about all the great things right?
Well, the list came out from Safewise, and we now know where the Five Safest Cities In Montana are.

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20 License Plates Banned In Montana

This is just a small glimpse at banned license plates in the state of Montana. There are well over 4000 that could be added to this list.

Now why some of these are banned is beyond me. I don't find any of them offensive, that's for sure; the state of Montana has the right to refuse:

"any combination of letters or numbers, or both, that may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency or which are misleading or a duplication of license plates provided elsewhere."- Montana Motor Vehicle Department

What plates are banned in your state? Hopefully, they are not as picky as Montana.

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Private Montana Island Listed For 72 Million Dollars

The largest private island west of the Mississippi River is located on Flathead Lake in Montana. The island which is well over 300 acres comes with two "villas" The main villa and the guest villa. The main villa is over 45 thousand square feet and has an underground shooting range.

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