Californians moving to Montana isn't anything new. In fact, it has been happening for years. That doesn't mean Montanans have accepted it though. It's still something that gets under the skin of longtime residents. While Californians aren't the only ones moving to Montana, they certainly seem to get blamed for "ruining Montana" more often than not.

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Moving to Montana may seem like a great choice at the start, but a lot of newcomers are caught off guard when they arrive. Here are a few things about Montana that surprised people when they first moved to the state.

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California has the highest population of people in the country, whereas Montana ranks 43rd overall. Did you know that there's actually a website encouraging Californians to move to Montana? It features tips on the best time to move and how to find housing. Montana and California are a lot different, and most Montanans don't want anything about their beloved state to change because of out-of-staters.

We've all read the endless articles that essentially advertise Montana as a great place to relocate, and it seems that there's not much that can be done about the mass migration of transplants from California and other states. Whether you like it or not, people with money are buying up Montana as fast as they can.

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Many Montanans hope that once people experience a long harsh winter in Montana, they will pack up their belongings and head back to where they came from. The weather is one of many things that can serve as a rude awakening for newcomers.

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