Did you miss that line in the introduction? I moved here from San Diego, where you have to make more than $90,000 per year to afford a modest house.
Everything in California is so much more expensive than it is in Montana. From gasoline prices and grocery store bills to rent and taxes, there’s no getting around the “sunshine tax.” Unless you happen to be wealthy to begin with, living there will leave your wallet quite gloomy.
Montana has been much friendlier to my bank account.