Stevensville is a small town in Ravalli County, Montana just east of the Idaho border. Its prime location and affordable cost of living have made it an enticing option for retirees. Aside from that, Stevensville’s proximity to several nearby mountain ranges offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Climate & Geography
Montana is known for its seasonal climate with hot and sunny summers, and cold, often freezing, winters. Residents can also expect more rain than the national average and about 200 sunny days a year.
Stevensville is in Bitterroot Valley which is known for the Sapphire Mountains. The Bitterroot Mountain Range is just west of Stevensville and to the east is West Goat Peak.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Stevensville has plenty of opportunities for those who want to get outside and stay active. For example, whether it's fishing, hunting, hiking, or sightseeing, residents can visit the nature preserves of Kootenai Creek Trail, Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, and St. Mary’s Peak.
Aside from the outdoors, Stevensville has a quaint downtown with many local businesses and restaurants. These include several shopping options, such as some local favorites: Creamery Antique’s Mall and The Montana Chocolate Company. There’s also Blacksmith Brewing Company and Wildwood Brewery where residents can grab a drink and socialize with friends.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Stevensville is less than the national average which is due to its affordable housing.
Montana taxes all forms of retirement income, including Social Security. Pension and annuity income, however, both qualify for an exemption of up to $4,110 per person. Additionally, residents 65 and older can exclude up to $800 of interest income from state taxes. Also, Montana is one of five states that do not have a statewide sales tax.
There are three hospitals and medical centers within a 30 minute-drive of Stevensville. Out of these, St. Patrick Hospital is nationally ranked in pulmonology and lung surgery by U.S. News.