Why Bozeman, MT is a Best Place to Live

Home of Montana State University and year-round natural amenities, Bozeman is a tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow.

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<p>Bozeman’s year-round natural amenities are hard to beat: world-class skiing in the winter at <a href="http://www.bridgerbowl.com/">Bridger Bowl Ski Area</a>; whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River come spring; hiking&nbsp;Baldy Mountain or fishing miles of designated Blue Ribbon trout streams in the summer; and basking in the fall colors while viewing the abundant wildlife in and around nearby <a href="https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm">Yellowstone National Park</a>. It’s an outdoor-lover’s paradise.</p>

<p>But Bozeman is also a tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow. <a href="http://www.montana.edu/">Montana State University</a> students have earned prestigious scholarships and research grants that place the relatively small school on par with top research universities nationwide. University research has helped carve a niche in the laser optics industry, making Bozeman second only to Albuquerque for laser optics companies.</p>

<p>“We have about 35 companies in town that work in the lasik industry – everything from equipment for lasik eye surgery to military weaponry that uses lasers,” says City Manager Chris&nbsp;Kukulski.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Software giant Oracle also employs about 1,000 people in Bozeman, and manufacturers of American-made outdoor recreation gear – such as <a href="http://www.simmsfishing.com/">Simms Fishing Products</a>, <a href="http://www.mysteryranch.com/learn">Mystery Ranch handmade backpacks</a> (used by the U.S. military), and <a href="http://www.sitkagear.com/">Sitka Gear</a> ­– call Bozeman home.</p>

<p>No wonder the city’s population grew 36 percent between 2000 and 2010. Furthermore, 54 percent of that population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.</p>

<p>“We’re a safe, small town that’s grown into a small city,” Kukulski says. “People are very comfortable raising a family here.”</p>

<p>Bozeman's elementary, middle and high schools all get high marks from Great Schools, as well as strong community support. Three private schools – one with a 105-year history – round out the city’s attractive lower education offerings.</p>

<p>Downtown restaurants, breweries, arts and shopping define Bozeman’s unique culture. “Probably the best gem we have is a very successful Main Street,” Kukulski notes. “Our Main Street is fully occupied, dynamic and successful, with a very eclectic mix of businesses.”</p>


Carol Cowan began her writing career in 2006 as a staff writer for JournalCommunications. In 2010, she made the jump to full-time freelancer and continues to this day to write for ... more
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