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Living a Biking Lifestyle in Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman is a thriving town in west central Montana, home to Montana State University - Bozeman and its 10,000 students. Bozeman is located in the Gallatin Valley and surrounded by mountains on all sides. The population of 39,000  is growing very rapidly (42% from 2000 to 2008).  A lot of people who live here are interested in biking; either for transportation or recreation. The hills in the area provide quite an outlet for mountain bikers.

Where to Retire in Bozeman and Home Prices

Zillows reports the median home value was $648,084, in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Bozeman

Montana State University lends a youthful, exciting presence. The various mountain ranges in the area provide outstanding recreational opportunities. Good skiing is available within an hour of town.  The Bozeman Community Food Co-op is an amazing place with great food and a wonderful vibe.

What Is Not Special about Bozeman

It is a long way to a big city, and the town is growing very fast.

Climate and Physical Environment

Gallatin Valley in west-central Montana. There are several mountain ranges in the area including the Bridger Mountains and the Tobacco Root Mountains. Bozeman gets more rain (24") than the rest of Montana, so the terrain is a bit more lush. Yellowstone National Park is just a short ride away over the Wyoming border.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Being a college town there is generally something always going on. There are a number of literary references to Bozeman - "Silence of the Lambs", "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", "CSI", etc.


The crime rate in Bozeman is well below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital servers Bozeman, other hospitals are within 50 miles


Bozeman offers free public bus transportaion on Steamline which covers the University, the hospital, and downtown; Interstate 90 passes through the town; Bozeman Yellowstone International Airpot is 8 miles west of Bozeman.

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