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
Horse Property with Spectacular Mountain Views

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

REDUCED!!! This was a good deal, now it's a great one! Outstanding mountain views from this beautiful home on 10 level acres in Sky Ranch Estates. All set up for horses with a beautiful new barn that is close to completion! 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
Horse property for sale with gorgeous views and irrigated acres

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana

Sitting on a hill with views unlike any other, this tree covered oasis is a horse owners dream. On 40.68 acres, 24.66 of which are irrigated by wheel line, sits a home surrounded by trees, new split rail corrals and new page wire interior fencing, gardens, a 26x60 oversized shop, and an orchard featuring pears, apples and cherries. Use this property to watch birds, ride your horses, or start your cow herd. Call to see today!

Laramie Smith , Best of the West Properties

40.68 ACRES
2480 SQ FT
Dream Horse Property, Amazing Views

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

This is the Montana home you have been looking for and it offers the life you want to live. A beautiful home in the desirable Saddle Peak Ranch neighborhood north of Bozeman with spectacular views of the Bridger mountain range, sunsets, and the stars at night. A horse property with over 10 acres, perimeter rail fencing, a barn with two stalls, tack room and hay storage, as well as a loafing shed and heated waterer. This lot is bordered on the east by open space and the south by a conservation easement so your slice of heaven and views are secure. The neighborhood has trails for hiking, horseback riding or snow shoeing, as well as a pond stocked with fish to practice your fly fishing technique. Alpine skiing, snowboarding and nordic skiing are only a 30 minute drive and downtown shopping is only 15 minutes away. This Locati designed home is a must see. Bozeman Schools. Montana is calling and waiting for you to answer.

Debbie McEachron , ERA Landmark Real Estate

10.60 ACRES
3396 SQ FT
Remote Log Cabin with Spectacular Views

Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana

Love this remote property that has beautiful views and two creeks running through it. Built with a simple system that is eco friendly, such as the composting toilet using no water and uses a gray water system. The cabin is built with blue pine logs and has views of the Grassy Mountain and Mill Creek. You can listen to the water going over the falls down to Mill Creek below. Hiking and horse trails will give you many new discoveries to see the beautiful rocks and signs of the many forms of wildlife that abound in the area. The gorgeous log cabin home is perfect for the property.

Marge Tucker , Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

22.09 ACRES
961 SQ FT
Horse property for sale with gorgeous views

Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana

Overlooks a canyon valley view. Look out windows from main foor and walk out basement. Has fenced and crossfenced areas on the property. Loads of wild life, deer, moose and much more. This property is off-grid and also has propane and wind turbine.Wood stove and propane heat.

Marge Tucker , Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

24.50 ACRES
1352 SQ FT
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
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
Tbd Nursery Creek Road, Lot 43, Boulder, MT 59632

Boulder, Jefferson County, Montana

Mountain acreage with end of the road privacy. Views, boulders, trees variable terrain with seasonal springs. Easy Covenants. Borders Forest Service

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

20.01 ACRES
871636 SQ FT
611 E Main St, Elliston, MT

Elliston, Powell County, Montana

1200 feet of Little Blackfoot River frontage! 16.4 acres of beautiful pasture, tall cottonwoods, lilacs and Aspen tree lined lanes. Located in Elliston, MT, with famous Big Foot Burgers and Dogs. Fly fish on your own property and hunt nearby Forest Land,, close to 37,000 acre Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area. Property is only 25 minutes to Helena Airport. Can be divided. Modest 2 bed, 1 bath home. VALUE is in the land and owning a true Montana treasure!

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

16.04 ACRES

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