Montana is the fourth largest state in America and still remains one of the least populated for its size. There's no denying that the population of Montana is growing, which has caused a few problems, but it's still far better than many other states.

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For a really long time, Montana flew under the radar. To most Americans, it was considered a mystery and not much more than a barren frozen tundra. Whether you like it or not, Montana has been discovered and has become a popular place for city folk to buy a second home in an attempt to escape the rapid pace of big city life.

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There are still a lot of wide-open spaces in Montana where you can drive for miles and not see another person. However, those places are quickly disappearing and becoming harder to find. My advice would be to enjoy it while you still can.

Is Montana The Best State For Commuting?

One of the major downsides to living in a larger city is terrible traffic. You can't go anywhere without getting stuck in a traffic jam. Fortunately, that's not a problem that most Montanans have to deal with. If traffic does get backed up in Montana, drivers have the option of taking an alternate route or backroad to avoid congestion.

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I live in Manhattan and commute to Bozeman every day for work. Last week, I had a realization while I was heading into Bozeman on I-90, and it made me feel thankful to call Montana home. The sun was just peaking up over the top of the Bridgers, and I thought,

How lucky am I to get to see this beautiful panoramic view on my way to work every day?

Does anybody ever talk about commuting in Montana? Is it one of the few things that people don't complain about here? Commuting in a major city is absolutely awful. In Montana, we have it pretty good. It's easy to focus on the negative aspects of living in Big Sky Country, but sometimes there's a silver lining, even if it's hard to see at times.

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If states were ranked based on how scenic and beautiful they were, Montana would easily be number one.


According to U.S. News, Montana is the 4th best state in America when it comes to commute time. Maybe we all need to take some time to smell the roses. The next time you're driving into work, take a look around and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

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