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
Gorgeous Flathead Valley Property; Big Skies, Open Spaces near Glacier Park

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

The owner has updated many parts of this immaculate, must see home. The ground floor (2,917 +/-square feet) of the residence has 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, hardwood floors, stone fireplace, formal dining and a casual eating nook in the spacious kitchen. The spacious bonus room over the garage with a three quarter bathroom (325 +/- square feet) doubles as a recreational room or a great area for guests. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances with granite countertops and custom wood butcher-block island with built in wine rack and a pantry. The informal den with stone fireplace has a custom elk horn chandelier which comes with the home. The ground floor also has a second room for entertaining or simply relaxing near the dining room. Granite countertops and beveled mirrors are located in every bathroom. The office offers custom built in cabinets and desk with views of the mountains and meadows. Additional features included with the property are: all window treatments, emergency generator, central heating and air conditioning, tankless hot water system, water purification system, triple car garage (with epoxy flooring), paved circular drive, Trex decking and great storage.

Stan Converse, Cedar House Partners (Stan Converse -- Broker)

5.00 ACRES
3250 SQ FT
A horse lovers dream property

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

This almost forty-five acre parcel is only eight minutes from downtown Missoula, Mt. , a thriving community in western Montana surrounded by the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Nestled in the Clark Fork River valley this property is close to three wilderness areas, world class blue ribbon trout streams, the University of Montana, exceptional medical facilities and the retail shopping hub of western Montana. Downtown Missoula is a vibrant, eclectic area with great dining options and numerous specialty stores that are unique to the area.

Bill Bangs, Ink Realty Group Inc.

44.65 ACRES
2527 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
Horse property in Boyd MT

Roberts, Carbon County, Montana

Great Horse property sitting on 20 acres. Approximately 1,872 square feet, 3 bedrooms 2 bath. Open floor design home with lots of windows to appreciate the outstanding views of the Beartooth Mountains. Large deck, patio with fire pit, and a enclosed sun room, allow you to enjoy the outdoor spaces through the year. Outbuildings include an oversized 2 car garage, Pole Barn, shed and a bunk house. The land is mainly level with a seasonal creek covered by trees provides a sense of seclusion without losing the outstanding surrounding views. Water sources include Two drilled wells for home, garden and animals, and Irrigation rights. Excellent recreation amenities with just minutes from fishing at Cooney dam, Rock Creek, and many streams and lakes in the Beartooth Mtns. With year round county road access, this property is located just 40 Miles South West of Billings MT and 40 miles North East of Red Lodge.

Carlos Davey, UBARS Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
1872 SQ FT
Ultimate private riverfront Horse property in southcentral Montana

Edgar, Carbon County, Montana

160 acres at the end of the county road on the east side of the Clark's fork of the Yellowstone river, away from highways, railroad and people in general. Perfectly sloped quarter section lot is gravity fed irrigation with lots of water on the top(east)side of the property courtesy of a private canal co. which this property is a major share owner of. County road forms the eastern border, the south side is framed by a mile long deepwater slough filled with fish and waterfowl, the west side runs along a little over a half mile of wild river and riparian habitat. Lots of sandhill cranes, pheasant, wild turkey & whitetail deer along the river, with scores of mule deer coming out of the eastern hills of the foothills of the Pryor mountains in the evenings to raid the hayfields. One of the largest blue heron rookeries in Montana is located on the tops of the tall cottonwood trees in the northwest corner along the river. Totally private and peaceful yet only 35 minutes away from the west-end of Billings, Montana's largest city and airport; 35 minutes away from the "poor man's Telluride" the beautiful little mountain ski-town of Red Lodge; and a little over an hour's drive north of Cody ,Wyoming and the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. Finally it should be noted that the world famous Edgar Bar, a rowdy little cowboy bar with giant steaks and prawns that folks flock to from far and wide, is only 6-7 minutes down the dusty little dirt road that takes you across the river and back to the highway from this property.

George Duke

160.00 ACRES
Montana retirement ready! Have it all the first day.

Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana

Great combination of land, home, barn, pond and views! Agent owned. * Fifteen level acres fenced and cross fenced into seven areas: home, barn, northeast and east hayfields, northwest dry lot pasture with with round pen, southwest pasture and southeast pond field. Rotating horses according to the season and hay production keeps horses healthy and happy. The barn with tack room, four stalls and a corral provide shelter and secure holding when needed. A heated automatic stock waterer is available to the horses at all times. This barn is fully contained by fencing. Located four miles from Hamilton and conveniently located to developed horse trails on the Bitterroot National Forest. The home is a beautiful five bedroom, 2.5 bath on one level with a three car attached garage and large loft. The great room has cedar ceiling, a stone fireplace with gas logs, hardwood floors, custom woodwork, two story wall of windows and space for mounts. The operating systems include propane gas furnace and water heater, central air conditioning, well and septic. Power from NorthWest Energy and a solar panel producing all but about $140 per year of our electric needs. Stroll from the living room onto a ground level concrete patio. Watch the kids run through the sprinklers as the auto system waters the lawn. Bring out the candles and dine in privacy until the stars shine. *Owner is a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Montana.

Carolyn Weisbecker, EXIT Reality Bitterroot Valley

15.00 ACRES
2742 SQ FT
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

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