“Don’t California my Montana,” implies Kalispell, Montanan.
A local Montanan driving through Kalispell shared a sign they saw on the back of a rental Toyota to the “Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Signage” Facebook group informing locals that, although the Toyota they’re driving has California plates, they themselves aren’t Californians moving into town.
Check out their post below.
“People here in Kalispell,MT despise Californians so much this person felt it prudent to let everyone know they are locals,” the caption reads.
As you can imagine, the photo drew so much controversy and bickering among Facebook group members that mods first turned off commenting, either forcing OP to delete the post or mods deleting it for them.
Here’s a sample of the comments that forced mods to turn off commenting.
If you don’t understand why they felt the need to put that sign, you’re either living under a rock or are from California.
Basically, as has been the trend as of late and for many years prior, as the cost of living has increased in California, California residents decide to leave the Golden State to find a cheaper place to live.
Californians move to these less populated states, like Montana, buy up a lot of homes reducing supply and, consequently, driving up the home prices for everyone else.
Don’t take my word for it, here are some Montanans on Reddit confirming my thoughts.
With the pandemic accelerating inflation and the cost of living, so too did the rate of Californians headed East to cheaper states.
Underlying this contempt is the fact that these so-called left-leaning Californians fleeing their high-taxing state are moving to mostly conservative areas, like Montana, not only driving the prices of their homes up, but “injecting” progressive ideals into their community.
It’s why phrases like, “Don’t California my Texas/Arizona/Florida” are a thing.
While this sign on that rental is a form of passive aggressiveness, it’s also quite funny, a bit of local humor if you will.
I don’t think anyone in Kalispell or in the greater state of Montana would actually be directly hostile to a Californian moving into the state driving into their town with California license plates, but it does make you stop and think.
Regardless, if you’re moving to Big Sky Montana from California, it would probably behoove you to register your car in the 406 sooner rather than later.