Bozeman Relocation Guide

There are a number of reasons why Bozeman, Montana has become a desirable place to live and relocate to. Bozeman is home to some of the most fantastic fishing spots, plethora of outdoor activities available, world renowned ski mountains, a vibrant downtown, and so much more. I relocated to Bozeman in 2015 from the Bay Area and have found so much appreciation for this community, what it offers, how it's continually evolving and growing, and proud to call this place home.

Downtown Bozeman 

Downtown Bozeman is the heart of Bozeman offering great restaurants, retail stores, cafes, bars - you name it. Our strong Bozeman economy is largely part to our vibrant, young downtown atmosphere that attracts tourists year-round. Our Main Street is the heart of our downtown and runs east to west.  

In fact, Montana State University is located in our downtown area! If you are interested living in downtown Bozeman, simply bookmark this link to search for downtown properties. 

Downtown properties while charming and unique, will have a higher price tag. Know that these homes will have their challenges so be ready to spend a little more money and have a sizeable cash fund for maintenance items after you close on a home.  

Check out these awesome downtown homes for sale. 

Communities / Subdivisions

Most neighborhoods located in town will have the following:

  • Here is a map of most of the subdivisions here in Bozeman
  • HOA fee (most are mandatory, few voluntary)
  • Subdivision parks and trail systems
  • Most subdivisions will have covenants (please inquire with a Realtor to confirm - I would be happy to confirm)

    Check out these homes by subdivision for sale. 


The Bozeman School District has a great reputation and a big reason why families choose to live in Bozeman over other Gallatin county cities and towns. There are public and private schools and a top rated University, Montana State University, located right in downtown Bozeman. In the Fall of 2019, Montana State University enrolled 16,766 students and has shown an increase in enrollment pretty consistently. If you are looking to be in a particular school district, it is always recommended to confirm directly with the school district as boundary lines can change.

Click the following links to view more information:

Montana Taxes

Montana does not have sales tax. The state relies on individual income tax. For additional information, contact the Department of Revenue (406) 444-3494.

Property Taxes

All property, except agricultural land, is assessed by the County utilizing a calculation to calculate property tax. The County uses the following formula to calculate your taxes = Property Tax = (Mill Rate x Taxable Value)/1000. For additional information, you can visit the Gallatin County Tax website


Water/Sewer/Garbage - City of Bozeman: 406-582-3200
Gas & Electric - Northwestern Energy: 888-467-2669 

*In town properties run on City of Bozeman utilities. Any rural areas will have septic and well systems so be sure to cross check when looking at homes. 

Internet/Cable TV Providers

  • Charter
  • Spectrum
  • CenturyLink
  • Montana Opticom
  • DirectTV
  • Dish

    It can be difficult to know which internet/cable providers service what area. The easier way to attack this is to ask the seller (via your Agent) what service provider is currently servicing the home. Fast internet is a MUST these days so be sure to pay attention to this nuance. 



  • City of Bozeman – 406-582-3200
  • Republic Services – 406-586-0606
  • L & L Site Services – 406-388-7171


  • YES Compost - Compost 406-219-7011
    Compost service that picks up compost from your home. Super easy and reduces waste to our landfills. 

  • Gone Green - Recycling Company (they even take glass!) 406-855-9870
    Recycling service that takes glass, cans, plastic and paper 

Drivers License

Bozeman Drivers Exam Station
2005 Gilkerson Drive Suite B

If you are looking for more information, Chamber of Commerce - Relocation Package has additional resources.  


Donating Items

Call the organization or try emailing a photo of your donation item to the below email address for a helpful response back. 
Love Inc
 (*recommend emailing items wanting to donate) 
Habitat for Humanity 
(*recommend emailing items wanting to donate) 
Drop off Address2130 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715
Salvation Army ~ unfortunately the Bozeman location has closed 

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If you have any questions about relocating to Bozeman, please contact me, Realtor, Marisa Owen at 925-785-2596 or email me at:

Marisa Owen - Realtor 
Cell: 925-785-2596


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