I've lived in Livingston since 1992. As time goes by, it's getting more and more gentrified, but it's still pretty rough and tumble -- as it was when Calamity Jane hung out here over 100 years ago! Its population of around 7500 people is made up of a very eclectic mix of characters: writers, cowboys, artists, actors, fisherman, hunters, hikers, skiiers, railroad workers, foreigners, National Park Employees, Blue Chip CEOs and EVPs, poor working class, as well as doctors, lawyers, teachers, goverment workers, etc. Most people "in town" live here full-time, while the outlying areas are made up of part-time residents who spend anywhere from 3-9 months here/year. The Yellowstone River, Absaroka Wilderness area, the breathtaking scenery, and Yellowstone National Park make up the foundation of our lifestyle which tends to cherish the rugged individualist, non-conformist. Yet there are churches on almost every corner and lots of people move here so their kids can grow up experiencing the epitome of traditional small town Americana.
It's hard to make a living here. People who come here without a job last an average of 5 years before packing it in and moving back where they came from -- either they can't find a good job or the wages are sooo much lower. The good scenery will only sustain you for so long. There was a statistic about Bozeman a few years ago that said over 50% of the people buying homes here don't work -- they have trust funds, are independently wealthy, or have retirement income. Self employed individuas tend to make it using just the minimum of business fundamentals: show up and do what you say you're going to do.
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Jon Ellen Snyder
Broker Associate, CRS/GRI
ERA Landmark Western Land