Is It Time Or Attitude That Makes An Official Montanan?
Let the debate to begin. How long do you have to live in Montana to be considered a "local"? I posed this question to a few of my co-workers and they all answered differently. I am not sure if it is just based on the length of time. Montana has been a popular destination for people moving from out of state. Let's get some rules for the new people who are making our fantastic state their home.
Is It A Specific Length Of Time?
Is there a specific length of time that someone needs to be here to be considered local? If someone is here for all four seasons will that work? Someone in the office said eighteen months because that will give someone enough time to get acclimated and to experience all the different weather we experience.
Is It Money?
If someone is able to afford to buy a house and pay their property taxes, are they considered local? If they work locally and contribute to our communities, are they considered local? If someone is working remotely out of state, but living in Montana, would they ever be considered local? Someone in the office said, as long as they work and pay their taxes, they would be considered local.
Get Rid Of The Out Of State License Plates ASAP
Another person mentioned that as soon as they can get to the DMV, get Montana license plates, then they can hide among us and at least pretend to be local.
Is It The Attitude?
Another person said that it comes down to "attitude." When I meet someone from out of state or talk to people when I travel, I always tell them that Montanans don't like being told what to do. It is as simple as that. If you can adopt that attitude, you may be able to fit in more quickly.
Will They Ever Be Considered A "Local"
For some people the answer is "never." I don't think that is very realistic. People are moving to our state and will continue to so because we are an awesome state. For me, if people are willing to move here, work here and be a part of our communities, I am willing to give them a chance. Until they try to tell me what to do.