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
Horses, Fishing, and Amazing Views

Condon, Missoula County, Montana

Relax and watch wildlife in this cozy Log cabin with 580' of Swan River frontage and incredible mountain views. 7.13 acres and a great spot for fishing and easy access year round. This is a premier spot for your horses, close to hundreds of trails. The Swan Valley is unbeatable for access to millions of acres of public land - on the east side into the Bob Marshall and the west side into the Mission Mountains Wilderness. Lakes, rivers and endless trails for summer riding and hiking and winter snowmobiling. The huge shop can accommodate all your toys, also has a pit for easy work on vehicles. The shop also has two separate rooms and is set up if you want to put a smoker for meat and fish if you would like. This is your Premier Swan Valley Property. Call Heidi Lane at 406-546-8718 or your real estate professional for a showing. This property has been parked out to also be used as an airfield. Perfect setting to land a small plane.

Heidi Lane, Builder Creek Realty

7.13 ACRES
1500 SQ FT
Bull Mountains Horse property - North of Billings MT

Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana

Great horse property sitting on 80 acres just 45 minutes North of Billings MT. Approx. 1,920 square feet home, built in 1999. Two bedroom two baths, family room with stove. Propane forced air and central cooling. Large deck and metal roof. Large attached garage. Outbuildings include a 24X40 Hay Barn with power and water hydrant. Lean-to on both sides of the building. 36X48 Horse barn with six stalls, matted floors, and a tack room. Power and water hydrant. Lean-to on both sides of the building. 16X16 Bunk house with power. The 80 acres are fenced and cross fenced. Good balance of hay ground, pasture and tree covered areas. Drilled well provides water for home and 4 hydrants for stock water. The Bull Mountains offers excellent hunting, including Elk, mule-deer, mountain lion, and turkeys.

Carlos Davey, UBARS Real Estate

80.00 ACRES
1920 SQ FT
Future Equestrian Estate

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

This beautiful piece of property would make a first class equestrian property. There are almost 45 acres that sit back off the highway, easy access but you are totally secluded. There are some very private building sites right next to the stocked lake that sits entirely on this parcel. Lots of wildlife, marketable timber, parked out nicely, this would be a one of a kind place to live!!

Laurie Turner, Re/Max Glacier Country

0.00 ACRES
A Horse Haven in Montana

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Spectacular horse property and custom home on the edge of town. The views are breathtaking from this lovely abode on 7+ acres. The grounds are like a park, completely fenced for you critters with an additional single detached garage, barn and creek. The home is open with wood flooring, stone fireplace and lots of windows. Lawn is irrigated and tastefully landscaped. Don't miss out on this beauty!! Call your real estate professional or listing broker Laurie Turner (406-253-4448) today!!

Laurie Turner, Re/Max Glacier Country

7.46 ACRES
2736 SQ FT
1013 Last Mile Drive Whitefish Montana 5993 7 (AKA 665 Haskill Basin)

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana

Country Living 10 minutes to downtown Whitefish! 5 Bedroom 4 bath home on 9.43 acres in sought after Haskill Basin! Vaulted ceilings, 3 fireplaces,deck,hot tub. Full daylight walk out basement with kitchenette, bedroom,bathroom,laundry room, wood stove. 2 car garage. Walker creek runs thru the property with water rights. 2 ponds, 2 wells. Fenced pasture for horses. . Call Mark Berney 406-270-6714 665 Haskill Basin Road Whitefish, MT 59937 $649,000 www.tourfactory.com/1805892

Mark Berney, Keller Williams Northwest Montana

9.43 ACRES
4540 SQ FT
Clark Fork River Frontage

Frenchtown, Missoula County, Montana

Montana living at it's best! This exquisite riverfront property boasts over 2,000 feet of beautiful Clark Fork River frontage with 47+ acres of the most peaceful and serene setting you could wish for. In addition to the amazing views of the river and the mountains surrounding this property it also features 2 Ponds stocked with Largemouth Bass and Trout. Truly A fisherman's dream! Sit and relax from one of the 3 beautiful decks around the house and enjoy the abundant wildlife that continuously frequent the property. Imagine all this plus a spacious luxury home with a gourmet kitchen, gorgeous wood and tile throughout, 3 extra-large bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a Great Room, Jacuzzi whirlpool bath in the Master Suite, and a finished heated 3-car garage. Only Minutes from Missoula this amazing one of a kind property is a dream come true for anyone looking for that quiet private location yet still close to town. Please call Bill McQuirk 406-532-9234 or your agent today for a showing.

Bill Mcquirk, ERA Lambros

47.00 ACRES
4378 SQ FT
Montana Equestrian Center / Small Boarding Business / On premise Living quarters

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana

State of the art equestrian center & horse boarding facility! Approximately 4,000 sq.ft. Barn complete with seven comfort stalls. Indoor 15,000 sq.ft. (75X200) riding arena, hay loft and Living Quarters! Electricity, Well, Natural Gas, Radiant (hot-water) in-floor heat in the Living Quarters and part of the barn floor. Unique space and opportunity to have a live/work 20 minutes from town...Utilities on site: Natural Gas, Electric, Well/water Property tax: $1440 annual Available for purchase: Bobcat Versahandler 623 for hay management. Boarding demand is high in the region for income potential. Built in features include: Permanent Comfort stall flooring: Automatic heated waterers: In floor radiant heat: All wiring in conduit: Wired for Auxiliary generator power: Engineered to hold 50 ton of hay in the hay loft: Stall runs: Round pen and outdoor arena are not continuous panels but custom welded steel fencing: Low maintenance electro-braid fencing around all 13 acres: RV dump into septic system: Apartment wired for Dish Network, internet, and arena is wired for sound system: Inexpensive natural gas heat for boiler, hot water, stove... Underground rain drainage system taking water away from the building

Steve Gillespie, Gillespie Agency

13.00 ACRES
20243 SQ FT
Whitefish MT Horse Ranch with two homes, outdoor arena, corrals and more

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana

Unique private setting in the Valley. Whitefish horse ranch. This 29.25 acre property is located south of Whitefish MT with easy access to hospitals, shopping, and recreation. Public State land adjoins property to allow riding, hiking, biking from your front door. Property features two homes, large truck shop, hay barn, tack building, bunk house, corrals with 6 self waterers and shelters, outdoor riding arena, orchard, timberland and fenced pasture. Main home is 4 bedroom, 3 bath with gas fireplace, ceramic tile, new carpets, large covered deck, motorized blinds, fenced landscaped yard, heat pump with A/C, wood stove in Rec room. Guest house features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with a full unfinished basement. Guest home has been a VRBO and monthly rental in the past, but offered for sale now for the first time in 12 years.

Ted Dykstra, Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana

29.25 ACRES
3000 SQ FT
Country MT Home & 6 Acres

Rudyard, Hill County, Montana

According to MT Cadastral records, this property consists of 6.02 acres that is in grass/pasture except for where the buildings or the home are located. The other improvements include a large 28’x32’ detached garage/shop with concrete floor & built in 1985, and a vintage 56’x60’ barn with concrete floor & built in 1955 with room for your large RV, camper-trailer, and boat plus other storage items.

Mark Pyrak, Fort Benton Realty LLP

6.00 ACRES
1536 SQ FT
Spacious Home and 208 Acre Ranchette Property

Harlem, Blaine County, Montana

Irrigated Hay Farm: 208 acres located 5 miles E of Harlem, MT. There’s 153 acres of flood irrigated hay, a newer & very nice 5-bedroom home, 30’x60’ heated shop, storage shed - tack room, and older set of corrals. Includes some of Seller’s farm equipment. Good Pheasant hunting area

Mark Pyrak, Fort Benton Realty LLP

208.00 ACRES
2360 SQ FT

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