Livingston : Montana

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What it's Like to Retire in Livingston

The small historical railroad and ranching town of Livingston, Montana, is the county seat of Park County. Considered to be the Northern Gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Livingston is in a picturesque setting located along the Yellowstone River and surrounded by Mountains. The population of approximately 7,000 residents includes artists, authors, and musicians. Liviability.com calls it the literary epicenter of the country, with visiting writers and popular bookstores that are the the hub of the community. Livingston is also a popular tourist and retirement destination known mainly for its fly fishing, but it has much to offer in outdoor recreation, and the arts. The popular movie A River Runs Through It was filmed here as were scenes from The Horse Whisperer. Picture of Downtown Livingston courtesy of Wikipedia and Haeber; picture of Yellowstone River courtesy of Wikipedia and Warrenfish; picture of Livingston golf course courtesy of Wikipedia and Montanabw. Enjoy this short Youtube video presented by Tammy Kerwitch :
 

Where to Retire in Livingston and Home Prices

The median home value here is $204,000 which is below the national average. We are not aware of any active adult retirement communities here.
 

What is special about Livingston

Livingston is a small, western town that not only boast a lot of outdoor recreation and some of the best fly fishing in the country, it is also a popular spot for authors to visit, as the local bookstores host lectures, readings, signing and other performance arts.
 

What is not special about Livingston

Winters are cold and windy, so retirees may want to have a winter home elsewhere.
 

Who will like retirement in Livingston

The scenic river and mountains are a big draw here for those looking for a small town, but Livingston also boasts a lot of outdoor recreation that includes hiking, biking, trout fishing, and winter sports that including dog sledding and skiing. There is also a library, museums, galleries, and a model railroad club and a farmers market. The International Federation of Fly Fishers is located here.
 

Local economy is driven by

Economy is driven by retail, tourism and manufacturing.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 28 degrees and July's average is 70 degrees. Livingston gets about 50 inches of snow and winters months are windy.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Livingston was founded as a stop along the Northern Pacific Railway and retains much of its Old West history, with over 400 buildings on the National Historic Register. As a tourist stop, the town offers many restaurants, pubs, galleries and shops. Museums include the Yellowstone Gateway Museum and the Livingston Depot Center, and there are several art centers and live productions. The bookstores host lectures and events for the many writers and readers who live in the area. There are also festivals and rodeos held annually.
 

Crime

The crime rate in Livingston is low.
 

Medical facilities

Livingston Health Care is a new hospital that offers many types of health care.
 

Transportation

The nearest airport is in Bozeman, about 35 miles away. Livingston is a biking community, although it is seasonal.
 

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