“Californian Transplant” Pleads for Acceptance in Bozeman

If you talk to someone that has lived in Montana for a long time, they’ll most likely tell you that Californians are ruining the state. Even though not everyone moving to Montana is from California.

Blaming Montana’s problems on Californians isn’t a new concept. It was the same way when I was growing up in Idaho. Californians just seemed to get blamed for a lot of stuff. People think Californians are to blame for the housing boom in Bozeman, but that’s simply not the case.

Bozeman has become a popular destination for people from all across the country, not just California.

Recently, on the Bozeman Reddit page, a self-proclaimed “Californian Transplant” that goes by the name of u/Porkbellied tried to create some understanding by explaining that not all Californians are bad people. They also explained that a move to Montana had been in the works for a while, but the COVID-19 pandemic sped up the process.

For long-term Bozemanites, the rapid growth and change in Bozeman are definitely frustrating, but being rude to newcomers won’t really change anything.

u/Porkbellied explained why he decided to move his family to Montana.

After high school 20+ years ago I spent a summer in Hamilton building coffins and fell in love with the Bitterroot and

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