5 Depressing Facts About Montana
Montana is for the adventurous, spirited people in mind – if you are able to see beauty in a dry, cold/hot area with a long history of pioneers who live a simpler life, come on – we're waiting for you. Montana has it's arms open waiting for anyone who would like to be part of the life here.
However, we can't deny that Montana does have it's downfalls. Everything from the violent seasonal weather, to the lack of shopping options can drive most residents crazy. Yet, rather than be a Debbie Downer and rehash the negatives about our state, it's best to glance over this list and prepare yourself what might depress you in the long run. This way you can be aware of what might make you sad and counter it with other, more positive activities like family time and outdoor activities.
Hot Summers, Cold Winters
If you aren't much of a snowboarder or skier, winters in Montana can wear out it's welcome pretty quickly. Starting in late October, and hanging out like an unwelcome guest until the middle of March, the snow is possibly the one thing that would keep most coastal residents away. When it comes to summer time, the heat can reach as high as 110 degrees. Not exactly Phoenix weather, but still pretty scorching.
What's next for the US economy? Nobody knows, but the constant bad news is taking its toll on people in Montana. The American Psychological Association (APA) conducted two online surveys of more than 2,500 people this year and found that respondents' stress levels spiked last winter. Last February, 66 per cent said that the economy was a source of stress.
Lack of Shopping
If you're looking for the shopping that you're accustomed elsewhere, you'll have to drive about 200 minutes west to Spokane for their Northtown and Valley Mall. While Southgate Mall in Missoula gets the job done, the variety of stores may not be enough to satisfy your shopping desires.
Small Town Isolation
Living in a small town in Montana can get pretty depressing. With the lack of entertainment and things to do, one can get pretty bummed out. Coupled with the less connections you have in a place, the less happier you’ll be with the place itself. This means that it’s not city size that matters so much as the quality of your social ties. The lack of connections will influence your experience of place, no matter where you are.
According to the recent 2012 Survey, the divorce rate in Montana is hovering around 30%. That's 1 in 3 marriages ending with irreconcilable differences! However, on the plus side, the ratio of women vs. men is near 50/50. This means the odd of finding the perfect match next time is very good!