Located at an elevation of 4,793 feet, Bozeman has four seasons and a temperate climate. With an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, Bozeman does not experience the extremes of heat or cold that are found in other parts of the state. Summers are pleasant, characterized by warm days, cool nights and an abundance of sunshine. Fluctuating temperatures define winter months. For the winter sports enthusiast, the relatively low humidity and light winds provide an ideal climate for outdoor winter activities. Ski season usually extends from mid-December to the beginning of April and although Bozeman has its fair share of tourist attractions, the prime tourism spots in Gallatin County are in the neighboring communities of West Yellowstone and Big Sky. The Big Sky Ski & Summer Resort is the perfect place to escape from the doldrums of everyday life without having to travel far from home. Additionally, West Yellowstone considers itself to be the “Hub of Yellowstone Country” because of its excellent location to all the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. The area is filled with wildlife, breathtaking views and activities for warm season enthusiasts that include touring, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and river rafting.
When most people think of Montana, they imagine a state of farms and ranches where the cattle outnumber people. While that is a fair description of a large part of the state, we are also home to some amazing and cutting edge businesses. The Gallatin Valley and the city of Bozeman in particular are home to almost 90 technology companies, which require state-of-the-art telecommunication capabilities and redundant systems in order to function. The largest private employers in the county include RightNow Technologies, Martel Construction, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, First Security Bank, Wal-Mart, Simkins-Hallin Lumber, Costco, Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Home Depot. Bozeman's ideal location enables businesses in this community the opportunity to reach out to five adjacent counties, opening the door for mega companies and local retailers alike to solicit goods and services to over 150,000 people.
Bozeman's educated workforce is a byproduct of the quality of education provided to students in the county in addition to the presence of Montana State University and its subsequent spillover effect of graduates remaining in the region after they earn their degrees. Bozeman civic leaders believe that quality education is a vital component in creating a vibrant community. This commitment and philosophy has equated to 93.3% of adults over the age of 25 holding a high school diploma and 441% of adults over 25 holding a bachelor's degree or higher. This is consistently higher than national averages of 80.4% of adults possessing and diplomas and 24.4% having degrees. There are 32 schools within 16 school districts in Gallatin County, offering educational programs from kindergarten through high school. The average student to teacher ratio is 14.4. Additionally, there are currently 16 private schools in Gallatin County with programs ranging from religious to alternative.
Recreational and cultural life is also very important to the city of Bozeman. It is home to three museums, the Museum of the Rockies, American Computer Museum and Pioneer Museum. Cultural events abound and range from rodeos and country fairs to the Intermountain Opera and Shakespeare in the Parks. Some of the most popular events include Music on Main and More, the Bozeman Symphony and the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts.
Bozeman is truly a remarkable place to call home. Despite its economic prowess, the presence of the state's second largest airport, an advanced transportation network and a revitalized downtown district, the city still dearly cherishes its intended small town feel, filled with quiet neighborhoods, safe public areas, quality schools, clean streets and lush terrain. So, if you are looking for a thriving city set against the backdrop of a naturally beautiful setting, then look no further than Bozeman and discover for yourself why so many are proud to call this city their home.
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