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
Luxury Equestrian Estate on 20 - 40 acres West Of Bozeman. 10 min. to Rivers !

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

Well maintained log home on acreage just West of Bozeman. 20+ acres of rolling pasture & views. 10 minutes to the Gallatin or Madison rivers to fish. Views of Tobacco Roots, Hylites & Horseshoe Hills & Ted Turners Flying D Ranch . Ride or hike out your back gate and enjoy MILES of dirt roads that meander through beautiful farm ground and takes you all the way to Gallatin Gateway ,Montana. Additional 20 acres available to make a 40 acre property plus improvements $1,550,000

Holly Pippel , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana Properties

20.00 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
The Moondance Ranch

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

What an amazing location! This Montana property is an extremely well-planned horse ranch with luxury amenities. The ranch is designed to facilitate maximum enjoyment of ranch ownership with minimum labor. The ranch is located in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana on land homesteaded by pioneers seeking privacy and good fertile land. The ranch has excellent water rights and the hay production is some of the best in the Valley. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a property that is already divided into 8 parcels with live creeks, pond, mountain views, privacy, and within an easy commute to Stevensville, Hamilton, and Missoula, Montana. Be sure to check out the lovely log home, deluxe barn, guest house and artist studio, machine shop, and all the top quality fencing, irrigation equipment, and paved interior roadways.

Jan King , Berkshire Hathaway Montana Ranch Properties

139.00 ACRES
4600 SQ FT
116 Irrigated acres with live water near Red Lodge Montana

Roberts, Carbon County, Montana

Located just 1 mile from Roberts Montana, and 13 miles from Red Lodge, the Promise Lane property provides easy year-round access to the home and local attractions. A beautiful log-built main home, 1 bedroom guest home, sauna, and shop, sit on 116+ acres of irrigated hay ground, which produce roughly 3 ton/acre. Dry creek feeds four live-water ponds as it travels the property, providing a range of outdoor activities from fishing the main pond for resident brown trout, to hunting waterfowl over decoys. The Promise lane property is a perfect location to downsize your current operation, create an event venue, or just enjoy the beautiful mountain views in your year-round sanctuary.

Drew Hedrick , Century 21 Hometown Brokers

116.67 ACRES
1678 SQ FT
Country Living Close In

Sand Coulee, Cascade County, Montana

Beautiful home close to Great Falls for country living. This is a great horse property with lots of room for animals and a producing hay field. Fully fenced and landscaped, sprinkler system and hydrants on property. Pellet stoves to enhance comfort on those cold days. Covered porch and maintenance free decks. Storage shed. Close access to Logging Creek, Sluice Boxes, Highwood and Little Belt Mountains with 4 season sports and trails.

Pete Schultz , Clearwater Montana Properties

83.00 ACRES
3808 SQ FT
4o Acres In beautiful NW Montana with a like new home !

Rexford, Lincoln County, Montana

If your desire is privacy, mountain views, and a like new home with an attached garage here is the opportunity for you! A like new 3 bed 3 bath Custom home on 40 acres at the end of the rd. The home has brand new custom cabinets and fine finish work throughout, The upstairs has an additional large office room and the main floor has it's very own laundry room as well. So much potential with a full walk out unfinished basement ! Home is ready for buyer to install light fixtures of your choice and Power is at the edge of the property and with an acceptable offer buyers will allow $20,000 towards bringing power to the home. Call Gideon Yutzy at 406-261-1246 or your real estate professional

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

40.00 ACRES
3381 SQ FT
Amazing custom home on over 160 acres of majestic Montana beauty

Victor, Ravalli County, Montana

Amazing custom home on over 160 acres of majestic Montana beauty. This large home is a treasure in space and design with all of the bells and whistles one would ask for. Top of the line in materials, appliances, components and execution. This home and acreage is not to be overlooked for its pure essence of place and feel. There is also a second home on the property for a possible managers residence or guest house. As you walk through the feature home you will see the grand qualities such as: travertine tile floors in bathrooms with granite counters. Amazing double oven with 6 burners and griddle stove to cook while you entertain. And if one incredible kitchen isn't enough, there is an outdoor kitchen with appliances and built in grill with over 1900 sqft of covered outdoor area. Hand pealed beams throughout with eight foot, solid knotty alder interior doors with coordinating trim and engineered hard wood flooring. State of the art security and entertainment system controls. Attached three car garage with floor drains and automatic eight foot doors. This home is a must see! Please call Kory Mytty 406-544-8071 or your Real Estate professional.

Kory Mytty , Windermere Real Estate Missoula

160.00 ACRES
9562 SQ FT
Build Your Montana Dream Home at Shades of Gray Ranch

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Welcome home to the Shades of Gray Ranch located in the Jackson Creek area of Bozeman, MT. Shades of Gray is 192 acres of beautiful land-the perfect location to build your Montana Dream Home with plenty of space for a barn and arena. Beautiful rolling fields that are wonderful for riding or for having lovely fenced pastures. The back section of the property has a creek for watering and gorgeous slopes with trees for shade. Enjoy the quiet of this "off the beaten path" property to connect with nature and provide a peaceful place for your horses to graze or train. Plenty of acreage to grow hay as well. Spectacular views of the Bridger, Bangtail and Absaroka mountain ranges and two flowing tributaries of Jackson Creek make this a place you will never want to leave. A legacy property with multiple building sites makes Shades of Gray perfect for a family compound. This property has paved road, year round access and there are possibilities for subdivision. Enjoy nearby hunting, fishing, hiking, and photographing the local elk herd. Shades of Gray is 20 minutes from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and perfectly located between Bozeman’s sophisticated, vibrant downtown and Bridger Bowl ski hill. Montana is calling and now is the time for you to answer.

Debbie McEachron , ERA Landmark Real Estate

192.00 ACRES
Once in a Lifetime Horse Property Close to Billings Bordering Canyon Creek!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

Rare Tudor style home sitting on 9 1/2 acres just minutes from Billings. Plenty of water with 4 well rights and access to Canyon Creek! (borders entire western side) Home sits on 1 landscaped acre with 8 1/2 acres of level, dry hay fields. Inground pool for summer fun! Large entertainment deck to have friends/family over.

Kent Ickes , Century 21 Hometown Brokers

9.56 ACRES
2744 SQ FT
42 Acre Fully Functioning Guest Ranch With USFS Access

Saint Regis, Mineral County, Montana

CONTACT LISTING AGENT: William Mitchell -- RegentWestEnd@gmail.com -- (323) 919-5391 OWNER FINANCING! $250k down and 8%. Expansive 41 acre operating guest ranch with government permits, located in DeBorgia, MT. Structures include ranch house, lodge, bunk house, cabins, barn and other ranch buildings. Supports outfitting, horseback riding, rafting and fishing, BBQ and cookouts, USFS ranger talks, hay rides, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and ski packages (for Lookout Pass Resort). Owner currently leases additional 100 acres of pasture. Includes trucks, backhoe, numerous other vehicles and trailers. Email listing agent for supporting documentation.

William Mitchell , Regent Realty

42.00 ACRES
11000 SQ FT

Roberts, Carbon County, Montana

Enter this enchanting property through a private road and explore the Eco-friendly Equestrian Luxury Ranchette that overlooks breath-taking views of the scenic Beartooth Mountains, rolling hills, valley and open fields. A contemporary home sits on a beautifully landscaped home-site. Custom kitchen with reclaimed antique maple hardwood flooring, beautiful cherry wood cabinets, upgraded appliances including a Wolf gas stove and leathered granite counter-tops. Master bedroom suite has a reading/sitting/office area, walk in closet, patio doors and master bath. Main floor laundry with cabinets, sink with 2nd disposal and area for second refrigerator if needed. Unfinished daylight basement with walkout to patio to expand if needed. In-floor heat and all duct work ready for an AC unit if desired. Enjoy magnificent sunsets & sunrises on a maintenance free expansive back deck. Wind turbine and solar panels help cut utility costs. 79 acres total with 30 irrigated acres of certified weed free hay and approximately 48 acres of pasture that Clear Creek runs through. Catch brown trout on the property. 2 wells, water stock certificate and ditch rights convey with property. Outbuildings include Horse Barn with Corrals, Hay Barn, Heated Shop w/16 ft doors and Power House for equipment that provides approximately 60-80% of needed power. Newer fencing surrounds the property. Please watch the attached video.

Nancy Curtiss , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

79.00 ACRES
4734 SQ FT

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