This region anchored by its largest cities of Missoula and Bozeman, is nationally recognized for its outstanding quality of life, growing economy, and premier recreational amenities. Ambitious and adventurous pioneers founded the state and today’s entrepreneurial “pioneers” drive the regional economy. Low taxes, a dynamic business climate, an enviable cost of living, lovely residential communities, and natural beauty are all important factors in the area’s growth and development. Many of the region’s counties claim agricultural roots and even today the rich traditions of farming and ranching are preserved in sites throughout the state.

Quality educational resources can be found on every academic level. Outstanding public-school districts that rank highly in national programs and impressive private education choices are also available to interested parents, including parochial and independent schools. The University of Montana shines as a leading research institute on local and national level and offers outstanding programs across the board.

State-of-the-art healthcare facilities and services are anchored by exceptional medical centers that provide comprehensive services and continue to garner awards and recognition for excellence.

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