The People are Welcoming
There are more cows in Montana than there are people. This can take some getting used to if you are moving from a state as densely populated as New Jersey. The residents like to describe their state as one big small town. And as in any small town, the people like to gossip and get in each other’s business. But they also believe in old fashion neighborliness, of helping each other out, and pulling together in an emergency. If your car breaks down on the highway, do not be surprised if someone stops to help you fix it, offers to wait with you until the repair crew arrives, or offers to give you a ride to the nearest town. You need not fear an ulterior motive. It is more than likely that the person who stops means well.
Montanans spend a great deal of time outdoors. If you are to make friends, you will need to get into fishing, hiking, camping, and other types of outdoor sports. Hunting is big in the state. Coming from the city, you may have certain objections to it. Don’t worry. The locals will not judge you, but you should try to make some effort to enjoy the wilderness of the state with people in the community.
A word of caution is needed here. If you have no or little experience in outdoor recreation, you should not go out into the wild alone. This is no minor matter. Grizzly bears, cougars, and poisonous snakes are everywhere. As soon as you move to Montana, you should get a tutorial on how to handle these dangerous creatures. The staff in the numerous outdoor equipment shops will be more than willing to give you a few tips. You can also get information on the Internet. But your safest option is to accompany a Montana native on all outdoor excursions until you get the hang of things.