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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
Horse Property for sale.
One of the most beautiful settings you will find in the Bitterroot Valley.....

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

One of the most beautiful settings you will find in the Bitterroot Valley..... This is the perfect Montana ranch ready for your livestock! Fenced and cross fenced, this 26.114 acre property is deeded in 3 separate parcels. Sunset Irrigation and Bitterroot Irrigation District deliver the sprinkler and flood water rights to this extraordinary breathtaking panoramic 360 degree view land.

JoyceAnne Jodsaas , Eickert Realty, LLC

26.11 ACRES
2604 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Riverfront Home on a Bluff

Saint Regis, Mineral County, Montana

Two-story log home with finished basement, plus a two-story garage/guest quarters combo, plus 6,200 sq ft shop with crane, all on 52 acres. The river frontage is 2,200 feet. 17 acres are currently used to grow crops, with the balance containing mature conifers. (Covenants are currently being amended to allow horses.)

William Mitchell , Regent Realty

52.00 ACRES
Horse Property for sale.
Experience Montana Carefully Crafted 3 - 4 bedroom beauty one level living

Arlee, Lake County, Montana

Outdoorsman's Dream Location! Beautiful grounds for horses and all pets, riding arena, outbuilding for horse and hay storage minutes to Missoula or the Polson Ronan areas. Views unsurpassed by few. Setting is quiet and convenient and ready for you to move in and call this incredible Montana property Your.

Mary Burke Orizotti , Burke Orizotti Real Estate Inc

5.01 ACRES
3100 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Two homes on 20+ acres with Panoramic Bittterroot Range views

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Ride straight onto thousands of acres of state land right from your property! Main house is 3200 sq feet with walk-out daylight basement, single attached garage, leatherwork shop and attached/covered hay storage (40x40). 2nd house is 2 bed/2 bath with vaulted great room. 2 wells, 2 septics, detached double garage with heated shop space, 2 heated waterers, arena.

Jack Wade , ERA Lambros Real Estate

20.03 ACRES
3200 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Shaggy Mane Farms - Kila, Montana - 23.32 acres w 7 pastures and Farm Home

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Welcome to the ''Shaggy Mane Farms'' in Kila Montana! This is a dream property to raise your own livestock and more! The 3B/2.5B farm house is situated on 23.32 beautiful grassy acres with 7 fenced pastures for all your farm animals. To make your ranch complete there is an animal shelter with dry lot, insulated 24x36' quonset shop, 26x40' vehicle barn, 12x16' storage shed, 12x40' pole barn, seasonal stream and pond, garden area, yard with underground sprinklers and plenty of room for trailers and more. Year round easy access off of County maintained Coon Hollow Road. Country living yet Kalispell is only a 15 minute drive away. No covenants or zoning! Explore the great outdoors with easy access to endless miles of trails! Call Ellie Johnson at 406-250-2575 for more information or to preview in person!

Ellie Johnson , Pure West Real Estate

23.32 ACRES
2016 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Your Montana Dream Come True!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

One-of-a-kind opportunity to own the Montana dream! You will fall in love with this spectacular log home with so many amenities--beautiful living space, roomy bedrooms, luxurious master suite that walks out to a private patio, rustic and cozy living room with double-sided wood fireplace, charming loft, and 2000 sq ft of decking to capture every possible view. The huge detached garage is fully finished, heated & cooled, complete w upper level game room made for entertaining. Secluded but 20 minutes from downtown, abundant wildlife and THE VIEWS of a lifetime!

Julie Seedhouse , Century 21 Hometown Brokers

31.28 ACRES
3064 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
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Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Custom built larch log home with beautiful landscaping, pond and plenty of room for your horses! Great location -10 minutes to Kalispell or Flathead lake, 35 minutes to Glacier National Park. Fantastic views of the mountains. Abundant wildlife-deer, bears, turkey, geese, swan, pheasant, eagles, humming birds, fox etc. This could be a great income property! You could get 3 cuttings of hay and possibly board horses!

Mark Kuhl , Performance Real Estate

9.01 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Montana Ranchette! Horse property bordering State Land & near the Missouri River

Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana

Welcome to the perfect Montana Ranchette! Bring the horses! Custom built home, shop/barn/garage, guest cabin and the “Silo Saloon”. This ~9 acres is fenced and borders public land. The exterior of this ~1640sqft home features live-edge siding and a wrap-around porch. Beautiful rustic accents include a rock fireplace, antique tin ceiling & kitchen cabinets inlaid with Saguaro cactus ribs. Option for a downstairs or upstairs master bedroom. Original floor plan was 3 bedrooms, so loft can be modified. Guest cottage w/ kitchenette and 3/4 bath. Barn w/ four stalls, paddocks, and covered storage area. Insulated ~1300sqft shop/garage w/ 3 over-sized doors. Everyone will enjoy the “Silo Saloon” complete with hand-made bar and saddle bar stools! Wildlife & game birds are your neighbors. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hunting, fishing, rafting, horseback riding and hiking. The Missouri & Gallatin Rivers are nearby. Year-round access. Area highlights include Ski Big Sky Resort & enjoy Yellowstone National Park. Only ~30 miles from Bozeman and the international airport.

J. R. Tonjum , Venture West Realty

9.00 ACRES
1640 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Gorgeous Grant Creek private estate on 15+ acres

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Welcome to this gorgeous Grant Creek private estate on 15+ acres with a Montana Mountain Cedar Home essence of style. Over 1500 feet of Grant Creek frontage make this a rare and unique property. Vaulted ceilings of windows bring the outside in and connect with the surrounding forest of pine and aspen trees. The stunning setting and high-end details complete this unique Montana retreat to call home. Call Kathy Cotner 406-207-0540 or your real estate professional for a showing. Private but conveniently located; 6 miles to Snowbowl chairlift; 4.5 miles to the interstate; and 13 minutes to St. Patricks Hospital.

Kathy Cotner , Burke Orizotti Real Estate, Inc.

15.21 ACRES
4576 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Amazing Horse Property in the Heart of the Bitterroot Valley

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana

This charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom ranch style home overlooks the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains. This amazing property features a shared high pressure irrigation system and the ag ground produces 38 to 40 tons of hay. This is a beautiful horse property that boasts a large hay barn with 9 or more horse stalls and each stall has an automatic waterer. The property also has a fabulous 47x87 indoor riding arena. Each pasture is separated with newer fencing and gates. Sit on the brand new deck and relax after a hard days work. This property is a must see!

Robin Rice , Engel&Voelkers

11.34 ACRES
1900 SQ FT

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