Are These 5 Common Montana Stereotypes Actually True Or False?
Montana isn't for everyone. We have long winters, lots of critters, crappy driving conditions, and a ton of tourists.
Here in Big Sky Country, you have to know some things to get by. For example, you should always have some sort of emergency kit in your vehicle. The last thing you want is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere without cell service and not have any supplies while you wait for help.
You should also get familiar with the wildlife we have here. If you're going to spend time outdoors, you should be aware of what could kill you.
The truth is, there are lots of stereotypes when it comes to Montana and our way of life. Some are true and some, well, they might be a bit of a stretch. TV shows like Yellowstone have been both good and bad for the state. While it's brought a huge amount of money through tourism, it's also painted a picture that might not be the most accurate.
Let's take a look at some of the common stereotypes associated with living in Montana.
Everyone in Montana is a Cowboy or Cowgirl
This is simply not true. Sure, Montana has more than its share of real cowboys and cowgirls, but just because you own a pair of boots, some Wranglers, a cowboy hat and a vest doesn't make you an actual cowboy, in most cases, it makes you look like Woody from Toy Story. While Montana is filled with ranchers and farmers, we also have plenty of folks who like to dress up for the part.
Montanans Are Super Proud Of Montana
This is true. Montanans love their home state and take great pride in being from here. You will hear many talk about what "generation" they are. In some cases, you will run across someone who is 4th, 5th, or even a 6th generation Montanan. State pride is a big deal in Montana, we just don't flaunt it as much as say someone from Texas.
Montana Is A Red State
That completely depends on who you ask. While there are many Montanans who identify as conservative, we have a pretty large number of liberal-minded folks as well, especially in the college towns. Many Montanans are a mix of both the left and the right. In fact, a large portion of the state is a little more libertarian in their thoughts and actions.
Montanans Are Friendly And Helpful
This is true. Sure, you'll run across a bad apple every now and then, but for the most part Montanans are friendly and more than willing to help out others. There are countless stories of Montanans coming together to take care of their neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers in times of need.
Montanans Love To Hunt, Fish, And Be Outdoors
Once again, true. The beauty of living in Montana is that there is something to do outdoors all year long. From hunting to fishing, from hiking to skiing, Montanans are active and enjoy their time in nature. When you live in an outdoor paradise, you tend to take advantage of it.
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