1. They’re friendly.
Going days at a time without seeing another human tends to make people pretty excited when they do cross paths with someone.
2. They’re polite.
When you live in a town with only a few hundred people, you can’t really get away with being rude or unkind without people realizing it and calling you on it.
3. They will help you when you need it.
Montanans are the most generous people ever, and small town Montanans are especially eager to lend a helping hand to their neighbors.
4. They can show you exactly where to go to have a great time.
They’ve spent their lives figuring out the best spots in the area to watch a sunset, go fishing, fill your gas tank, stargaze, and enjoy a good meal or a cold beer. If you visit a tiny town in Montana, just ask a local for anything you need.
5. They’re very imaginative.
Anyone who grows up in a small town knows you have to get creative with your time, especially as a child. When there aren’t many places for young people to go, you’ve got to use your imagination to create your own fun.
6. They’re family-oriented.
Small towns tend to attract people who want to raise families. And even child-free small town Montanans either love children or have accepted the fact that they’re part of small town living.
7. They tend to have a great work ethic.
Small town Montanans can be some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
8. They appreciate the simple things.
Give them a blanket under the stars in summertime, a bonfire in the wintertime and a long drive down the backroads anytime.
9. They will cook you a meal that tastes better than any fine dining experience you’ve ever had.
People who live in small towns don’t always have a lot of restaurant options, so they learn to cook, and they do it well.
10. They know how to celebrate.
From Fourth of July fireworks to country Christmas celebrations, the holidays are never dull in Montana’s towns. This photo is from West Yellowstone's Fourth of July Parade.
11. They’re tough.
Without the convenience of the nearby amenities that people in big cities have at their disposal, small town Montanans have to get creative with things like repairing clothes and appliances and doing home projects.
12. They have a beautiful sense of hometown pride.
Even if they said they hated it at one time and that they couldn’t wait to move away, and even if they did move away… say their hometown’s name and watch their faces light up.
Hug a small town Montanan today. They’re the best!