About Montana


imgFrom antelope-speckled, short grass prairies in the east to snow-capped mountain ranges and free-flowing rivers in the west, it’s no wonder Montana has been dubbed “the last best place.” Inspiring landscapes and easy-going, friendly towns combine to form Montana’s six distinct regions. 

In fact Montana has several nicknames, none official, including: "The Treasure State" and "Big Sky Country", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place". 

The state ranks fourth in area, but 44th in population, and accordingly has the third-lowest population density in the United States. 

Montana is well known for its mountainous western region, most of which is part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. About 60% of the state is prairie, part of the northern Great Plains.

The economy is primarily based on services, with ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining in the east, and lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west.  Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Montana's total state product in 2003 was $26 billion. 

Montana is a relative hub of beer microbrewing, ranking third in the nation in number of craft breweries per capita. 

Montana's personal income tax contains 7 brackets, with rates ranging from 1% to 6.9%. Montana has no sales tax. 

In presidential elections, Montana was long classified as a swing state, though in recent years, Montana has been classified as a Republican-leaning state, as the state supported Republican presidential candidates in every election from 1996 to the present.

The Montana State University Department of Animal and Range Sciences estimates that in the State of Montana are between 150,000 and 180,000 horses.

Montana is home to one herd of wild horses which is located in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings along the Montana-Wyoming border. For more than a century, the Pryor Mountains have been home to free-roaming bands of wild horses. In 1968 Montana set aside 31,000 acres in the Pryor Mountains as a public range for the wild horses living there.  The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is unique in both its setting and for the wild horses that inhabit it. Many of the horses have primitive striping on their backs, withers, and legs and are reputed to be descendents of "colonial" Spanish horses. 


img Horse Population: Between 150,000 and 180,000horses
img Population: 989,415
img Land area: 145,552 sq. miles
img Capital: Helena
img Counties: 56
img Highest Point: Granite Peak 12,807 feet
img Lowest Point: Kootenai River 1,800 feet
img Geographic Center : In Fergus Co., 11 mi. W of Lewistown
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Billings, 98,721
  • Missoula; 62,923
  • Great Falls; 56,338
  • Bozeman: 33,535
  • Butte-Silver Bow:1 32,282
  • Helena: 27,383
  • Kalispell: 18,480
  • Havre: 9,390
  • Anaconda–Deer Lodge County: 8,948
  • Miles City: 8,162
Blodgett Ranch Home

Arlee, Lake County, Montana

Well-maintained 4 bedroom 2 bath house on beautiful ranch setting that sits at the base of the Mission Mountains! Over 13 acres of land with spectacular views. Great country setting with access to hiking trails and yet only minutes from town. Just 35 minutes to Flathead Lake and 25 minutes to Missoula International Airport.

Bill Mcquirk, ERA Lambros

13.40 ACRES
2079 SQ FT
Lake View Horse Property

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Spectacular home and horse property!! Home has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, office, in house fire suppression system, central air and huge family room/bar area. Some added features are a wrap around deck, concrete patio, fire pit, hot tub, fenced garden area, seasonal creek and underground irrigation. Home has outstanding Smith Lake and valley views. Guest house is 2 bedroom, 2 bath with laundry and excellent views also. Immaculate stall barn with heated tack room, wash bay and equipment/hay storage. Lighted outdoor arena, nicely fenced paddocks and horse shelters for the critters. Property borders bird preserve. To view this amazing property, call your real estate professional today or listing broker Laurie Turner @ 406-253-4448.

Laurie Turner, Re/Max Glacier Country

7.67 ACRES
4000 SQ FT
Private Country Estate at Elk Ridge Ranch

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

This property is in the small community of Evaro, just 20 min from Missoula (or 10 min from the airport) on 23.85 acres with views of the Mission Mountains. Situated on a hill where no other homes are visible. This custom built, 3 level home is secluded amid a lush forested area and manicured lawns. Yet, despite the privacy, panoramic views of the Mission Mountains and Gray Wolf Peak with its waterfall are exceptional, and the home sits above the clearing below with pastures, the barn, and year round Finley Creek. This classic country manor home has brick exterior accents, angled roof, expansive windows, high ceilings, three car attached garage, and large decks. The gourmet kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, with Viking range/self-cleaning convection oven, Bosch dishwasher, wood floors, granite countertops, etc. in addition to three levels of over 4000 sf of living for your enjoyment.

Bill Mcquirk, ERA Lambros

23.85 ACRES
4564 SQ FT
Fabulous views from this 4 bed on 80 acres , 3200 sq ft shop, pond and more

Polson, Lake County, Montana

See incredible views of Flathead Lake's Polson Bay from this 4 bed room home on 80 acres, 5 minutes from town on a paved county road , spring fed pond, 2 wells, 1920's barn, 3200 foot heated shop , oversized 2 car detached garage ,10 acre garden/ lawn area Polson is a city in Lake County, Montana, United States, on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. The population was 4,488 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County. Flathead Lake : is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area that is west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States,

Bo Carpenter, Chuck Olson Real Estate

80.00 ACRES
2688 SQ FT
*** 38+ Acres and Large Home Priced To Sell***

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

From the incredible, roomy kitchen to the 38 acres with breath-taking Mission Mountain views, this home has it all. Complete convenience with kitchen and dining area, living room, 2 large bedrooms, 2 baths and the laundry room on the main level, complemented with two bedrooms, a full bath, family room, large storage room and walk-out basement on the lower level. Large shop building and several outer buildings.


38.00 ACRES
4300 SQ FT

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Charming rustic-ranch style home with horse property surrounded by breathtaking 360° views of the Bitterroot & Sapphire Mountains! You’ll love this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home situated on 12.8 irrigated acres with water rights. Large cozy living areas with built-in storage, central air & central vacuum for convenience and multiple sources of heat to add to the appeal of this home. Newly remodeled full walkout basement with attached sunroom. Oversized two car attached garage, a 36’x36’ barn with 4-stalls, tack room and hay loft. Large well landscaped yard is equipped with underground sprinklers and outlined with a mature, delicious fruit orchard (apple, pear, apricot, choke cherry, Bing & Rainier cherry trees). For Info, call your agent or Thaiv Armerding 406-728-2138 with David C Armerding RE.

Thaiv Armerding, David C Armerding Real Estate

12.80 ACRES
3846 SQ FT
Irrigated Horse Property, Dillon, Montana

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana

This property includes 27.77 +/- acres, with several buildings - a 5 car garage with an unfinished 2BR, 2BA upstairs apartment and a smaller barn that has been remodeled with a studio apartment and an upstairs apartment that needs to be completed. There are large mature trees and corrals on the backside of the barn. The property has water rights for irrigation, two domestic wells, and easy access onto a well-maintained county road.

Pam Neumeyer, Taylor Realty

27.00 ACRES
Horse Property in the middle of Deer Lodge National Forest, Montana

Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana

Ride out to the Deer Lodge National Forest, straight from your barn located on this in-holding parcel of 160 acres, complete with pond and log home. Tucked away in the forest, the property is surrounded by recreational amenities right out the front door - hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, not to mention all the trails for horse back riding. Picturesque views in every direction. Year round access. Close to the Butte Airport.

Pam Neumeyer, Taylor Realty

160.00 ACRES
5250 SQ FT
Fabulous 2 story log home with new 72'X80 horse barn on 170 acres in Roundup MT

Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana

This beautiful property is located 5 miles north of Roundup, MT. which has a population of 1,800+/- Roundup was a railroad town and is located just north of the Bull Mountains. The town has not changed much in the last 50 years. This property is also just 60 miles from Billings, MT. The states largest city of just over 100,000 people. Billings is the shopping hub for a 250+ mile radius. - Airport, 2 hospitals, 2 refineries, access to I-90 & I-94 Billings has an historic growth rate of about 2% per year.

Bill Stene, Metro Realtors

170.49 ACRES
7120 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale in the heart of Missoula MT

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Incredible 5 acre parcel, that has been used as horse property, large hay operation, and a 7 hole golf course. The property has been owned by the same family since 1970. They have raised 4 children here, and still hold family gatherings for all the children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The large 4 bedroom home has been their anchor through all these years despite several sojourns around the world. Their home has been lovingly tended and maintained for 46 years. The large sunroom at the back of the house is the family gathering place. With windows on three sides, the room is warm bright and inviting overlooking the back 3 acres. The oak kitchen is ergonomically designed to provide access to all the necessary appliances & tools to make meals for family gatherings. The large fireplace in the living room is not operational per County requirements, but a gas insert could easily be installed. Up a half flight of stairs there are three bedrooms and a full bath. Down a half flight of stairs is the family room, a bedroom, the laundry room, bathroom and an exterior exit. Outside, the large property has inground sprinklers for much of the front and sides of the property, while the back 2.5 acres also has an irrigation system. The well is a strong well with 50 gallons per minute complete with water rights dating back to the origins of the subdivision. That back field produced 60 pound bales of hay this summer. The property is fenced and cross fenced. There is a large shop with an oversized door and lots of interior storage. The barn and tack rooms have been used in that capacity, but also as storage, an office and more. The location is very near Target Range School, Big Sky High School, all of the playing fields, the equestrian center and the Bitterroot River. Five acres within minutes of downtown Missoula is a rare find. Please call for an appointment - it's always nice to know who's coming.

Sherry Fields, Berkshire Hathaway HS MT

5.10 ACRES
2124 SQ FT

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