Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Is Bozeman, Montana a good place to live, work and go to school? Absolutely! With a population around 43,000, it feels like both a small town and a lively city.

With indoor and outdoor activities for every taste, Bozeman ranks at No. 10 nationwide on Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2017.” And puts the city at No. 1 on its 2017 Best Places to live in Montana.

“A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Bozeman boasts easy access to world-class skiing, fishing, hiking, rafting, and more,” Money’s editors write. “It also offers a charming downtown area and a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene, thanks to the presence of Montana State University and a number of art and music events like the annual Sweet Pea Festival.”

Staying fit

If you like working out, you’ll find more than a dozen fitness centers and gyms in Bozeman. They include specialties in yoga, kick-boxing, climbing and jazzercise.

Healthy eats

If fresh organic food is your thing, you’ll find plenty of it at our farmers markets and at the Bozeman Food Co-op. In addition to locally grown produce and inexpensive bulk foods, the Co-op’s deli offerings are world-class. From appetizers to salads, ethnic entrees to desserts, the Co-op’s two locations have it all.

Coffee shops

Seattle and Los Angeles have nothing over on “Bozo,” as locals call it, when it comes to readily available coffee treats. Here you’ll find two locations each for Starbucks, City Brew and Café M. And then there’s Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot, Zocalo Coffee House, the Daily Coffee Bar & Bakery, Cold Smoke Coffeehouse and more.

Ethnic Cuisine

Here’s a short list of international cuisine to enjoy in Bozeman. But it certainly isn’t all-inclusive – pizza and sandwich shops are numerous!

  • Café Zydeco – Cajun specialties
  • Saffron Table – Contemporary South Asian dishes
  • Whistle Pig Korean – Classic Korean food
  • Fresco Café – Italian food
  • Mirch Masala – Indian fare
  • Santa Fe Red’s – Mexican food
  • Sweet Chili Asian Bistro – Thai, Chinese and Japanese
  • Watanabe – Japanese cuisine
  • Rice Fine Thai Cuisine – Thai food
  • Bamboo Garden Asian Grille – Chinese-American buffet

Grocery shopping

Bozeman now boasts six large chain supermarkets – all with deli counters offering a variety of prepared foods, from freshly made sushi and salads to fried chicken and burritos. We also have at least that many smaller, locally owned grocery stores.

For more info on music, farmers markets, theater, food, clubs, and a calendar of special events, check out the Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

For a fun visual tour of downtown with Chelsea McKenna, here’s a short video from AllTrips. Enjoy!

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