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Dr. Stacy Shomento, who moved to Bozeman with her family in 1999, is typical of newcomers to the area, according to employment data from the 2000 census, which shows the community attracting more and more professional workers.

As Shomento was completing her residency at the University of Rochester in New York, she and her husband, Bill, checked out places to settle down. They looked at mountain towns such as Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyo., and all around Montana. They picked Bozeman.

"We wanted to live in kind of a small town that has all the amenities of a bigger town, like the university and a good medical community," Shomento said.


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