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‘Rural is not dying’: Quality of life is driving migration to Montana, says survey

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Montanans throughout the state are feeling the population squeeze as affordable housing evaporates and newcomers bring in wealth and remote work from other states. The change isn’t just the talk of the town, but has also promoted a number of research initiatives to determine where people are coming from and why they’re choosing Montana.

Results from a newly published survey showed that most of Montana’s migrants, both from out of state and within, are giving rural communities a try for quality of life reasons, according to Tara Mastel, Montana State University Extension associate specialist for community development.

Throughout Montana the most common reason for moving was to have better access to the outdoors and to live in a less congested place. Movers sought a slower-paced lifestyle and a smaller community, according to the study.

 

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