Big Sky is a very small town located in the state of Montana. With a population of 2,455 people and just one neighborhood, Big Sky is the 33rd largest community in Montana. Much of the housing stock in Big Sky was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Big Sky economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Big Sky, where the median household income is $65,602.
Real Estate Prices
Big Sky home prices are not only among the most expensive in Montana, but Big Sky real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, Big Sky isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Big Sky are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Big Sky is a town of service providers, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Sky who work in management occupations (13.00%), sales jobs (12.45%) and food service (12.32%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Big Sky is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Big Sky’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Big Sky has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Big Sky has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Big Sky than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Big Sky may be for you.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Big Sky spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.51 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Even though Big Sky is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.