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What Bozeman is like for active adults

Bozeman is a thriving town in west central Montana, home to Montana State University - Bozeman and its 10,000 students. Bozeman is located in the Gallatin Valley and surrounded by mountains on all sides. There is a vibrant downtown with a busy new library and great outdoor stores. Restaurants are full and people are on the street at 9PM. People move here for the access to the astonishing wilderness nearby. The population of 39,000  is growing very rapidly (42% from 2000 to 2008) and that includes active adults moving here to maintain an active lifestyle in retirement. Photos of Bozeman courtesy of Susan Cerulean.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

The average home in the Bozeman Metro sold for about $290,000 in late 2013, according to

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What is special about this retirement community

Montana State University lends a youthful, exciting presence. The various mountain ranges in the area provide outstanding recreational opportunities. Good skiing is available within an hour of town.  The Bozeman Community Food Co-op is an amazing place with great food and a wonderful vibe.

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What is not special about this retirement community
It is a long way to a big city
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What kinds of people like retiring here
If you retire in Bozeman you probably love the outdoors and you feel you must be near the mountains. Living in a college town is also important to active adults retiring to the Bozeman area.
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Local economy is driven by
Education, healthcare, construction, tourism
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Climate and Physical Environment

Gallatin Valley in west-central Montana. There are several mountain ranges in the area including the Bridger Mountains and the Tobacco Root Mountains. Bozeman gets more rain (24") than the rest of Montana, so the terrain is a bit more lush. Yellowstone National Park is just a short ride away over the Wyoming border.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Being a college town there is generally something always going on. There are a number of literary references to Bozeman - "Silence of the Lambs", "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", "CSI", etc.
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The crime rate in Bozeman is well below the national average.

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Medical facilities
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital servers Bozeman, other hospitals are within 50 miles
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Valuable Links
Wikipedia on Bozeman
Bozeman City-Data
Bozeman Visitor Information
Retirement in Montana
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Facts about BOZEMAN
  • State: MT
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,Biking Community,Equestrian,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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