I lived here for three torturous years. The people, oddly enough, are very elitist and snooty...I don't know why because it's basically a lousy place to live. Extremely hostile to 'outsiders', especially Californians. Many old, rundown houses. Air quality bad due to wood burning fireplaces/stoves; many days you are banned from using them.......but you must to keep from literally dying of the cold. It is cold, but gets Chinook warming. Roads are poorly maintained and snow plowing slow/absent. One mall of 'OVER 30 STORES'! A few decent restaurants, a few nice hotels. About 4,000 ft elevation. Road from the west is very steep and mountanous. Road to Spokane one of the worst in the US. Road south to Butte is good. My son-in-law upon visiting, asked if there was any grass at all in Montana. Nope. Some nice rivers/streams for fishing close. The Bob Marshall wilderness is awesome as is the Smith River for fly fishing. Go to Ennis for the best fly. The salaries are attrocious here; less than 1/3 of what I made in Washington state or California. Really, really, really horrible economic outlook. To the south one hour on a good highway is the Continental Divide and Butte, MT. It is a truly ugly mining town which has always been a union town. Salaries are 3-4 times higher and housing is 3-4 times cheaper than Helena. Still good access to recreation, some pretty areas. HOWEVER, these are the VERY nicest, welcoming, fun, honest, and genuine people I have ever met ANYWHERE. If I go back Mintana, I would definitely choose Butte/Silver Bow again.