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Cost of moving: Montana

The cities near the rocks and mountains of western Montana are a great place to call home.

The cities near the rocks and mountains of western Montana are a great place to call home.

If you like big buttes and you cannot lie, then maybe Montana is the place for you. The Big Sky State, as it is known, has a remarkable landscape ranging from hills and valleys in the east to mountainous regions in the west. It may have a reputation as an expansive rural state, but rest assured, your moving company will be able to navigate the terrain.

Just south of Great Falls are three of the state's most recognizable natural landmarks: the Square, Shaw and Crown buttes. But that's not the only place to find beauty in the great outdoors. Though boasting a population of just less than 60,000, Great Falls itself is home to 57 parks and more than 40 miles of riverside trails. It's perfect for outdoor adventurers who are looking for a combination of hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

If you're thinking of making the trek to Great Falls, you wouldn't be the first - the area was visited by Louis and Clark during their famous expedition in the early 1800s. But while things have gotten a little more expensive since those days, the region is still quite affordable. Real estate expert Bert Sperling places the median home value in Great Falls at $136,000.

For a different taste of Montana, head further west into the hills and mountains near the Idaho border to Missoula, home of the University of Montana. Founded as a trading outpost in 1860, the town sprang to life when the National Pacific Railroad came to town 23 years later. It took several decades for the town's population to blow up, but today the city is home to roughly 68,000 people.

The town is proud of its reputation as the state leader in cultural entertainment, including historical reenactments, national musical acts and family-friendly entertainment. It's a little more costly living in Missoula, though. Sperling says the median home price is $246,700.

The state capital, Helena, was founded following the 1864 discovery of gold in them thar' hills. The city of roughly 28,000 people features a beguiling mix of Greek Renaissance architecture and wild west-sounding street names, like Last Chance Gulch Road. Geographically, the town is between Great Falls and Missoula, and its home prices reflect its location between the two - Bert Sperling puts the median home price at $171,400.