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
Luxury Equestrian Estate on 20 - 40 acres West Of Bozeman. 10 min. to Rivers !

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

Well maintained log home on acreage just West of Bozeman. 20+ acres of rolling pasture & views. 10 minutes to the Gallatin or Madison rivers to fish. Views of Tobacco Roots, Hylites & Horseshoe Hills & Ted Turners Flying D Ranch . Ride or hike out your back gate and enjoy MILES of dirt roads that meander through beautiful farm ground and takes you all the way to Gallatin Gateway ,Montana. Additional 20 acres available to make a 40 acre property plus improvements $1,550,000

Holly Pippel , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana Properties

20.00 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
Horse Property, Belgrade, MT

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

All showings by appointment only. Beautifully remolded home on 20 acres surrounded by views. If you're looking for a horse property, this is it! There are two exterior automatic water systems, one for horses and one for dogs. Conveniently located to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Bozeman, and Manhattan.

Donnie Olsson , Donnie Olsson Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3826 SQ FT
Stillwater River ValleyRanchette

Absarokee, Stillwater County, Montana

Majestic Beartooth-Absaroka Mtn. views from this Stillwater River Valley Ranchette on 20 acres with NO RESTRICTIONS. Two accesses off Hwy 78 (1 Asphalt) provide subdivision potential.Excellent horse property includes a 5 stall barn w/ alleyway, squeeze chute, tack room, storage, hay & calving shed. Well w/frost-free stock water & separate power. Crossed fenced with two corrals. Ditch rights w/ water saving gated pipe irrigation system. Hay potential of 35 Ton. Minutes away from the Beartooth-Absaroka National Forest and Stillwater River. 40 minutes to Red Lodge Ski area.

Jennifer France , Parks Real Estate

20.34 ACRES
2230 SQ FT
Idyllic Farmhouse In The Quiet Countryside

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Welcome to 44864 Kaiser Road. This 2 bed & 1.5 bath farmhouse lies on 120 acres of gorgeous countryside perfect for farming and ranching. This quiet and peaceful homestead is located just a few miles from the town of Ronan on a sleepy back road with very little traffic and none of the hustle or bustle of the big city. The surrounding land is a frequent host of swans, cranes, and geese along with plenty of other local wildlife making it an ideal paradise for nature enthusiasts. The home was previously updated and remodeled with modern improvements and high-end appliances for the kitchen, and the spacious master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and large picture windows that let in tons of sunlight. The home also features an open bar, cement walkways leading up from the driveway, and a large patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. The property includes multiple outbuildings for farming and ranching including a barn, stable, shop, tack room, and corrals, along with a 1 bed & 1 bath bunkhouse for extended visits. The local area has amazing opportunities for playing outdoors with plenty of acreage for horseback riding, the Flathead River only 5 miles away for anglers of all ages, and Flathead Lake is just a little bit further for swimming and boating. For an onsite tour, or property info including: Aerial Videos, 3d interactive Walkthrough Tours, Amenity Lists, and Associated Documents please call/text Rebecca Donnelly at 406-546-0067 and Cole Bergquist at 406-544-9817 or your real estate professional.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

120.00 ACRES
1783 SQ FT
Rare Horse property bordering BLM and yet so close to town

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Rare Horse property bordering BLM and yet so close to town! 10+ acres, with spring and irrigation ditch, well, fully fenced (smooth electric), AWESOME views of town and valley. Power and Natural Gas to the property. Quiet Cul-de-Sac street. Lots of grass and gentle south slope to make it easy to build. Saddle your horse and ride directly into the Scratch Gravel's 5800 BLM acres.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

10.10 ACRES
Own a Piece of Paradise on the Gallatin River

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Own a piece of paradise on the Gallatin River with this beautiful ranch property near Bozeman. Ideally suited for horses with multiple corrals and semi-enclosed shelters, and artesian wells located throughout the property. This well sited home sits on just shy of 72 Acres with views of the Gallatin Valley in every direction. This encompasses West Gallatin River below Gateway to below Nixon Gulch Bridge, an area expected to benefit from some flood plain map changes. The changes temper some of the stricter areas on this parcel. Please call agent regarding any questions or review. With mild covenants and plenty of space, this property has potential to fulfill a multitude of uses! Horse training, boarding, fishing, events, Air BNB, and many other possibilities that light covenants will allow.

Sue Doss & Jonathon Scauzzo , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

71.46 ACRES
4563 SQ FT
On the Sun River near Great Falls and the East Slope of Rocky Mountains!

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana

Settled quietly on the banks of the Sun River. A very comfortable home 6+ Bed 3-Bath, over 4200 Sq.Ft. and low maintenance features throughout: Two Barns! 1) is a 24' X 40' barn has a concrete tack-room, one auto-waterer & hydrant; 2nd barn is 84' X 96', (which features 9 stalls-12x16, 1-foaling stall-12x24, auto-waterers, 2 hydrants, tack-room, & 60x96 indoor arena w/sand floor. Outdoor arena is 105'x125' has sand floor. Two run-in shelters -12x16 & 12x36. Pipe and split-rail fencing for horses. Yard is fenced for dogs. Detached 3 car garage. Much more to see here! Views to the mountains, Sun River Frontage means you have a peaceful setting with wildlife viewing and some exploring (or exercise) opportunity to canoe and kayak the river.

Steve Gillespie , Gillespie Agency

5.00 ACRES
4274 SQ FT
A true oasis in the Madison Valley

Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana

A true oasis in the Madison Valley! Enjoy your Montana surroundings from one of many outdoor spaces on this pristine 23.65 acre property. One can take in the expansive valley views from the top of the bluff or from the observation deck built to mimic an old mine shaft. Enjoy the park-like landscape from one of the home’s large decks or from the outdoor fire pit or hot tub. This well-maintained home features a 500 sf walk-in sunroom, remodeled main floor bath, and updated stainless steel appliances. The 24x40 shop is heated via wood stove or gas furnace. Other outbuildings include greenhouse, storage shed/chicken coup. Large fenced garden and a variety of large mature trees surround the property. Part of shop easily converted into stalls for horses and great locations for future corrals or round pens. Ditch rights from Crowley ditch keeps it all green. Paved road all the way from I-90 exchange. Just 20 min to Bozeman airport, 25 min to N 19th exit, 4 mi to closest Madison River fishing access. Great horse property potential! NO ZONING, NO COVENANTS.

Melissa Ross , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

23.65 ACRES
2483 SQ FT

Butte, Jefferson County, Montana

Twenty seven beautiful acres! Small stream and lush grass make this an ideal property for your horses or 4-H projects. Property has an excellent well, shelter belt and underground sprinkling. There are no covenants on this property and it is very close to the national forest, thousands of acres of forest land are just minutes away!

Diana Morris , Homestead Real Estate

27.51 ACRES
1612 SQ FT
Gorgeous Montana views and a state of the art horse facility

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Ideally located, this custom Montana home on 40 acres offers everything that a buyer looks for with Beautiful views of the Gallatin Mountain Range. Only 15 minutes to Bozeman, Livingston, or Bridger Ski Resort. Head out of the barn and ride your horse to state land and experience all this property has to offer.

Rick Eisen , Legacy Lands LLC

40.37 ACRES
5238 SQ FT

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