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Smaller mountain towns in either Colorado, Oregon or Montana?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Strongly considering leaving lovely Madison, WI to return to my laid back western roots and love of mountains. I welcome anyone’s input on smaller to medium sized, affordable mountain/foothill towns in Colorado, Montana or Oregon. Some I have been exploring include Corvallis, Bend, Missoula, Kalispell, Bozeman, Fort Collins, Loveland. I just graduated with my MSW and am hoping to find a town I can a) find a decent paying job in and b) afford to live in on a Social Work salary. I am realizing this rules out many Colorado mountain towns due to extraordinary housing costs.

Ideally I am looking for a community like Madison but with close access to mountains or foothills to hike & bike in. Somewhere that is more liberal, dog & family friendly, nurtures local business (coops, mom & pops vs. national chains/mass condo development), diversity, the arts, and community (festivals, public schools, local gatherings). Does anyone have any experiences living in these areas or suggestions of other areas to check out. Thanks very much for your two cents…

Sent by Christie from Madison, WI