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
28 Acre Property with Luxury Home, Lush Pasture, Perimeter Fencing & Live Water!

Roberts, Carbon County, Montana

You'll Love Red Lodge Montana and this stunning 4484 sq. ft. home on 28 beautiful acres only 8 miles from town. Home has lots of architectural appeal with lots of windows, exposed beams, massive fireplace and southern exposure with mountain views. Private master suite with fireplace and luxury bath, separate guest suite, walk-out basement with large family room. Perfect for a few horses with perimeter fencing and year-round Clear Creek flowing through. A beautiful home in immaculate condition! $990,000. Visit redlodgecountryhome.com

David Cobb , Western Heritage Realty

28.98 ACRES
4484 SQ FT
Affordable MONTANA Dream

Hall, Granite County, Montana

Montana horse and livestock property: * over 29 acres * IRRIGATED WATER RIGHTS *year round warm SPRING *Full mineral rights It is completely fenced and cross fenced for pasture rotation. 30+ trees planted including fruit trees. Over 5000sq.ft. house waiting for someone to customize & finish this Montana Dream home. Well is already in place. Very motivated seller, will consider all offers.

Nicol Rasor , Keller Williams Capital Realty

29.97 ACRES
5000 SQ FT
2 homes and a cabin on 480+ acres of great land with views in every direction

Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana

This property offers beautiful views in every direction, two ponds, gravity feed spring water, outbuildings, and a great little cabin nestled in on the hill that could be a hunters dream! There is a lot to offer here! Call today to schedule a showing

Michael Byers , Harrison Ave Realty

480.83 ACRES
2330 SQ FT
Lone Star Ranch

Florence, Ravalli County, Montana

Welcome to Lone Star Ranch! This gorgeous 4 Bed & 3 Bath home rests on 290+ acres of prime Montana countryside tucked into the Bitterroot Valley. Located in the "Banana Belt" of Montana, this luxury ranch has mild weather year round and plenty to offer in the way of summer living: fishing on the bank of your private pond stocked full of trout, horseback riding over the property, and splashing in the Bitterroot River just a few short miles from home. The acreage on the property has beautiful pastures and first-rate water rights along with multiple outbuildings to support plenty of riding horses and livestock.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

291.00 ACRES
3428 SQ FT
Horse Property with Spectacular Mountain Views

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Outstanding mountain views from this beautiful home on 10 level acres in Sky Ranch Estates. Runway is unpaved, 5000' x 120', elevation 2905' and 6 miles east of Kalispell.

Laurie Turner , Re/Max Glacier Country

10.00 ACRES
2400 SQ FT
Future Equestrian Estate

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

Price reduced on 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

40.00 ACRES
Luxurious log home on 20 acres - 40 minutes North of Yellowstone National Park.

Livingston, Park County, Montana

This custom log home with pond in Paradise Valley has it all. Ideal location10 minutes south of Livingston, situated at the foothills of the magnificent Absaroka Mountains. An impressive river rock fireplace is the focal point of the open floor plan. Spacious main floor offers a grand entry, office, 1/2 BA, and dramatic living room with exposed log beams, panoramic views, and the perfect mix of hand hewn logs and warm plaster walls. User-friendly kitchen has a 6-burner Viking cook top, pantry and granite counters. Deck access from the dining area. Master suite has a nicely appointed walk-in closet and gas fireplace. Walk-out daylight basement has a cozy family room, wet bar, game area, laundry room, access to the covered patio and pond from one of the 2 en-suite bedrooms. The attached 2-car insulated garage has radiant floor heat, and additional over-sized 2-car detached garage/shop. Less than 10 minutes to Yellowstone River access, 40 minutes to Yellowstone National Park. Property has 20 irrigated/fenced acres.

Jon Ellen Snyder , ERA Landmark

20.30 ACRES
4874 SQ FT

Darby, Ravalli County, Montana

STUNNING 360 DEGREE VIEWS OF THE SOUTH END OF THE BITTERROOTS AND THE SAPPHIRES MOUNTAINS. This home is a one of a kind home 3 miles north of Darby, MT on the west side of HWY 93. Lost Trail Ski area is only ½ hour away. The home was custom built in 2005 and sits on 7.03 acres. As the second owner, we have remodeled every room in the house over the last 5 years. The home is 2362 square feet on one level and has 4 separate entrances. A detached 30X 40 building houses a 2-car garage with l0 foot doors. The other part of the building is a large studio room that is currently being used as a trophy den. The home has the “old Montana” look on the outside as it is sided with reclaimed lumber. The metal roof of this house is unique due to its many angles. The inside is completely modern with open timber frame and vaulted ceilings. The house is heated with forced air propane (new furnace in Dec. 2017) and has a wonderful wood stove in the living area made of natural granite rock and slabs. All the floors are circle saw Douglas fir, except for the tile floors in both bathrooms and laundry room. The water is so good in this home the Kinetico dealer said it was one of the best he has ever tested in the Bitterroot. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. The master bedroom is at one end of the home. It is very large and has an office in one corner and features a new walk-in closet plus its own gas fireplace constructed of fire brick. The master bath has a new granite counter top and mirror and a large jetted tub. Two smaller bedrooms are at the other end of the house as well as the 2nd bathroom, which was totally remodeled in fall of 2016. Window blinds are installed in each room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances that are less than 4 years old. The cooking range has double ovens and an overhead exhaust fan. The cabinets are made of a knotty alder with glass fronts and a walk-in pantry. A large island provides lots of storage for oversized pots and pans. Outside is an easy maintenance hot tub with a hard covered top. New treated wood fencing on 2.5 sides of the property. Decking is on both sides of the house. The front deck has an outside fireplace made of natural granite rock. Lots of rock landscaping around the house for low maintenance. Water rights will be transferred on closing. The irrigation has a gravity fed sprinkler system. A large framed barn was built in fall of 2013 to accommodate 2 large RVs or trailers, RV plug in, tack room, hay area, trailer storage area, extra-large storage loft and 4 loafing sheds and 3-4 corrals. The laundry room has a stackable W&D which is offered with house plus a laundry tub and cupboards. Some furniture will be sold with the house while other pieces will be for sale. A few exempt items from the sale are the antler chandeliers and the hay huts. Round pen and antique wagon can be negotiated.

Susan K Slemp

7.03 ACRES
2362 SQ FT
Bring your horses home to this 21 acre private property with THREE homes!

Libby, Lincoln County, Montana

Peaceful, glorious, 21 acres with THREE homes offering end of the road privacy and 360° views. This is the picture-perfect horse property you have been waiting for. The main home has 4 bedrooms (two and laundry on the main floor), full basement, horse barn and shed/garage. Second home offers 2 bedroom, full/partially finished basement, and attached garage. The third charming home has 2 bedrooms, full basement and wonderful covered deck. Utilize the extra residences for rental income or as homes for family to create your own secluded community. Your horses will appreciate the barn and fenced pastures with protection from sun, wind, or snow. Saddle up and ride out from your property to high mountain lakes and enjoy this top of the world property.

Karen Nalley , ERA Lambros

21.00 ACRES
1080 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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