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Season 5 FinalistLivingston, MT

About the Town

Livingston, a town just shy of 8,000 residents, is conveniently located just 30 miles from Bozeman, Montana, and nestled along the Yellowstone River. With nearby Bozeman serving as a popular tourist destination, Livingston has experienced an increase in tourism that has led to some inadvertent challenges for this ranching community. Many homes have been converted into vacation rentals, making it difficult for locals to find affordable real estate. This demand for real estate combined with small businesses’ need for more employees has led to a housing predicament for current and prospective residents of Livingston.

Livingston was once bustling with activity from the railway, but declining demand led to job loss and a population decrease in the 1980s. Today, however, it’s the only year-round gateway to Yellowstone National Park and its main street boasts 360-degree mountain range views. Its small business community consists of many makers, as well as outdoor gear and rental businesses to support tourist activities. At the center of its main street businesses is the historic Murray Hotel, welcoming visitors since the early 1900s.

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