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
Affordable Equestrian Property near Bozeman MT!

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

A fantastic value for country living in the Bozeman area! Located just 15 minutes to bustling West Bozeman and 14 minutes to the Madison River, this Manhattan property is in the Bozeman School District. The large home accommodates a crowd or possible multi-generational living arrangements. Covenants allow for a shop and guest home. Impeccably maintained, the home and grounds have had many recent updates, including stainless appliances, new kitchen flooring and high efficiency furnace. Southern exposure floods the vaulted family room and kitchen with light, while spectacular views of mountains and the quiet rural neighborhood beckon you outside to the extensive deck. Enjoy comfortable, main level living and plenty of recreation space in the walk out basement with wet bar and gas fireplace. Convenient parking for horse trailers or RVs and cross fenced for up to 4 horses. This is a country paradise not far from amenities. Fruit trees and mature landscaping are a bonus!

Lori Hart , Hart Real Estate Solutions

5.98 ACRES
3823 SQ FT
Affordable Horse Property right outside Great Falls!

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana

5 acre horse property w/updates & improvements abounding. In the last three years this property has been updated with a new furnace, AC unit, metal roof, gutters & downspouts, front & back decks, interior, exterior & garage doors, energy efficient windows, plumbing fixtures & all new stainless appliances. Updated kitchen and bathrooms just last year. Fenced yard for pets, cross fenced horse pasture, riding arena, round pen, and 16X20 barn with stall and loft storage. Additional livestock shelter. Room for RV/Horse trailer parking. Sun Prairie irrigation system produces lush pastures and possibilities for your own hay crops. Passed thorough home inspection for VA loan. Come take a look! Call or email anytime to schedule a showing.

Colleen Pacheco

5.00 ACRES
2346 SQ FT
1560 Little Sleeping Child, Missoula MT

Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana

Welcome to 1560 Little Sleeping Child Road. This gorgeous 5 Bed & 6 1/2 Bath home lies on premium ranching acreage deep in the Bitterroot Valley. The tall mountains, verdant forests, and rolling meadows under the summer sun create breathtaking views that can be seen from every room in the home. The property has easy access to US Forest Service lands for hunting, hiking, & horseback riding, and has two year-round creeks with a stocked fish pond to be enjoyed by anglers of all ages. There are multiple outbuildings to facilitate the needs of the ranch, including corrals, hay sheds, storage sheds, a well-house, a stable with tack room, and a barn with a private apartment for ranch hands. The home itself is a magnificent display of elegant architecture, complete with beautiful interior design and modern amenities. The deluxe kitchen features extra-deep granite countertops providing plenty of working space, custom-built cabinets with pull-out shelves, stainless steel appliances, and a sleek porcelain tile floor that is incredibly easy to maintain. The master bedroom has a spacious walk-through closet and skylights that provide warm natural light during the day with views of an unbelievably starry sky at night. The upstairs great room & dining room share a hand-crafted stone fireplace decorated with custom ironwork and both have plenty of space for entertaining friends and family. This gorgeous property lies a few short miles from the town of Hamilton for all of your daily needs and is less than an hour away from the city of Missoula. This home is perfect everyone who loves being outside under the warm summer sun enjoying the fresh air, cool breeze, and soul-cleansing satisfaction that comes from living in the best part of Montana.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

200.86 ACRES
7680 SQ FT
Montana Horse Property

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

An awesome horse property at an affordable price! The home has been completely remodeled and features wood floors, open kitchen with island, and many, many custom finishes. Property improvements include a large barn, tack room, detatched garage, and 6 horse pens (over 40' x 40' each) with shades and continuous welded fencing. The home comes fully furnished. This turn-key property is an amazing set-up for horses!

Mark Stahly , Big Sky Brokers Real Estate

1.59 ACRES
1360 SQ FT
Madison County MT Horse Property

Ennis, Madison County, Montana

Make this your own horse training facility or use it for private boarding. Many possibilities on this 20 acres with no covenants in place. There is a 100'x60' indoor arena with sprinkler system, connected to a 14 stall barn which is 100'x36' and comes complete with wash rack, bathroom, heated tack room and stalls can be expanded to foaling size stalls by pulling dividers. There are also 8 pipe stalls under a shed row with runs and an outdoor arena and round pen. A modest 1994, 2 BR, 2 bath manufactured home completes the offering which just had the septic upgraded. The 20 acres has an upscale subdivision on one side and commercial development on the other so your possibilities for developing this property in several directions are endless. There is a definite need for boarding and very few facilities with an indoor arena.

Sarah Weitz , Berkshire Hathaway

20.00 ACRES
15 Juniper Lane, Clancy, MT 59634

Clancy, Jefferson County, Montana

Beautiful acreage 1 mile from Clancy, paved Lump Gulch Rd or Juniper access to property. 30 plus acres of trees, grass, rock outcroppings and amazing views. Very private, would make a great estate property, or just a place to live and explore what's in your own back yard. Horse friendly.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

30.96 ACRES
1348618 SQ FT
Blue Mountain View Ranch

Boulder, Jefferson County, Montana

Privacy, Serenity, Seclusion, all waiting for you on this 306 fully fenced acreage. Lots of live water with Spenser Creek flowing through the entire property. There are aspen lined meadows and timbered hillsides that stretch out to the horizon. Power, Natural Gas, well and septic are already in at two sites on the property. Elk, Deer, Moose signs and rubs are everywhere on this property, you can cross the north border to thousands of acres of BLM property, borders Sky Top Ranch to the South and West borders. Located 30 minutes from Helena, 9 minutes from Boulder on maintained and mostly paved roads (1 mile unpaved). This is a perfect place to stake your claim.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

306.00 ACRES
Tbd Lyons Creek, Wolf Creek, MT 59648

Wolf Creek, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

You can't beat the beauty or the price on this one! 2240 deeded acres with an additional full state section lease. Miles of year round creeks, springs, timber, wildlife, privacy, hunting and fishing. Very clean fresh water straight from the source at the Continental Divide. Surrounded by State Lands. Conservation Easement in place.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

2,240.00 ACRES
97574400 SQ FT
Views of Big Hole River and Adjacent to Public Land

Wise River, Beaverhead County, Montana

Overlooking the Big Hole River at the Jerry Creek Fishing Access, this beautiful home commands stunning views in every direction. Enjoy fishing the Big Hole or exploring the thousands of acres of public land out your back door. This stunning Montana property provides gracious living amidst spectacular scenery and incredible recreation. Two bedroom-bath suites on the main level, with kitchen, dining, great room, & laundry room are complemented by the balcony looking to the mountains and the deck facing the river, to afford amazing views in all directions. Upstairs is the loft office. Downstairs is the indoor shop, storage, & double garage. In the detached 4-bay garage plus another workshop, you will find room for all your toys and hobbies. Approximately 20 acres of fenced pasture land will accommodate the horse lovers. There are 2 adjacent legal parcels in this offering. The home sits on 13.12 acres. The adjacent parcel of 9.75 acres backs to BLM land, and thousands of acres of USFS land behind that. The garages consist of a double-car garage that is part of the main home and a detached building that houses the workshop and a 4-bay garage. RV Parking and complete RV Hookup with water, septic and electricity are an added bonus.

Michele Churchill , Clearwater Montana Properties

22.87 ACRES
3053 SQ FT
47,200 Sq. Ft. Commercial Indoor Horse Arena - Restaurant and Storage Building

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

Investment Opportunity with Potential Owner Financing for Qualified Buyer! There is a total of 47,200 Sq. Ft. of usable space and 20 acres included in this price. 36,000 sq. ft. indoor heated horse arena with 16 indoor stalls. Use as a manufacturing facility, indoor sports arena or ??? Also included is 7,600 sq. ft. separate storage building and 3,600 sq. ft. of office space including a restaurant/bar. Location is perfect for high traffic exposure from Hwy 93. Located next to Riverstone Family Lodge and their popular cabins, develop an RV park w/cabins to support the needs of those who come to vacation throughout the summer and enjoy the recreation of the many lakes nearby including Lake Koocanusa.

Melinda Morton , Clearwater Montana Properties

20.00 ACRES
47200 SQ FT

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