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
Sugarloaf Mountain Ranch

Glen, Beaverhead County, Montana

Own the Montana dream! Nearly 90 acres with incredible views in every direction of the Big Hole River Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Private access to 1000's of acres of public land for pack trips, backcountry fishing, big game hunting, or an afternoon ride. The completely updated 4 bed and 4 bath home offers main floor living with complete comfort. The attached separate entrance guest suite is perfect for short or long visits. The shop, barn, outdoor arena, and round pens are ready for your horses! A large RV pad with full services rounds out this ideal Montana horse and sportsman's dream property. This property has it all at an incredible value. This property will not last at this price. Call today!!!

Brad Ehrnman , Pure West Christie's Bozeman

89.00 ACRES
3873 SQ FT
Horse Property on 60 acres in Montana

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana

Specs on place: 1700 Adams Lane, Dillon, Mt. 1388 sq. ft. custom log home 2 bedroom 2 baths  2 car garage 40'x60' work shop/tractor storage 14'x18' log bunckhouse with 3/4 bath 14'x18' custom built green house 8'x12' Catalina swim spa w/ 13'x33' redwood deck 12'x12' insulated/power, chicken house w/ 16'x16' enclosed run 8'x8' storage shed 10'x16' storage shed 7 horse runs' 4 w/ automatic waterers RV hookup mature trees private well steel entry gate 60 acres ( 3- 20 acre parcels ) 12 miles from hospital Spectacular Views View by appointment only

Deb Page

60.00 ACRES
1388 SQ FT
Horse property with a view and extra shop space close to Helena!

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Take in the incredible views from this property w/ acreage close to town! This solid brick home features updated kitchen & appliances, new flooring in the kitchen/dining room, remodeled bathroom, & 3 different gas fireplaces. Also included are separate living & family rooms spaces, & an office w/ built in desk & storage. Property is fenced for horses & includes an area to be used as a horse shelter or for hay storage. Separate 3 bay garage/shop space that can accommodate a boat or RV. Don't miss out!

Jeff Swingley , Windermere Real Estate Helena

5.00 ACRES
2070 SQ FT
Unsurpassed with River Frontage!

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Luxurious custom built home with an Old World feel located in exclusive Old River Farm. Riverfront property with over 20 acres. One of a kind masterpiece with breathtaking mountain views. Stone throughout the home and vaulted ceilings. 4 car garage with separate 2 car garage barn. This unique and elegant abode is a must see!

Sue Frye , ERA Landmark Real Estate

21.00 ACRES
6351 SQ FT
$1,000,000,000 View is Free of Charge!

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

Truly immaculate custom built home. Huge chefs kitchen with stainless appliances, center island and plenty of oak cabinets. Large main level master with 2 walk-in closets, private bath featuring dual vanities, tile shower and jetted tub. 2 additional main level bedrooms, with full bath. Pristine oak flooring. Large Great room open to eat in dining area.Formal dining room, currently being used as an office, making this a flexible use space.Unparalleled Bridger mountain views! Enjoy the spacious covered back patio and take in the vistas. Unfinished basement could have another bedroom, bath, media, & exercise rooms. 4 car attached garage. Set up for horses. Very private setting, yet only minutes to Bozeman.

Sue Frye , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
5400 SQ FT
Your slice of Montana Paradise!

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

Beautiful one level custom built home which includes an unfinished basement that is waiting on your creative ideas! This home features a chefs kitchen, spacious master suite, gorgeous wood floors, newer carpet and paint. The setting is unparalleled on this 20 acre parcel, including a fantastic set up for horses, a 36x80 4 stall barn that has extra space for equipment, 6x8 foot chicken coup with secure space for the hens to roam, an enormous fenced garden space and 360 degree views of the all of the mountain ranges surrounding the Bozeman area. Privacy and quiet, while only 20 minutes to downtown Bozeman. Come home to Montana Living!

Sue Frye , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.06 ACRES
3612 SQ FT
On Top of the World!

Gallatin Gateway, Gallatin County, Montana

Truly one of a kind! Custom home designed and built by Penny Lane Homes. This industrial-modern home sits on 20+ acres, has Minerva counter tops in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room and also features custom built cabinets and an island made from recycled pallet wood. The spacious living room and dining area are separated by a gorgeous rock stacked 3-way fireplace. Media room features a Murphy bed, tucked away until you need sleeping quarters for your guests! The building length pergola is plumbed for your gas BBQ, has a large hot tub, making it the perfect place to entertain your guests! Enjoy the panoramic views from every angle of this amazing, unique home!

Sue Frye , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3899 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
*Beautiful Mini Ranch with Panoramic Mountain Views of the Bitteroot Mountains*

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Beautiful mini ranch situated 12.8 irrigated acres, much of the property is already fenced. Property features large barn and 360 views of the Bitteroot and Sapphire Mountain ranges. The property also features a fruit producing orchard and expansive yard with underground sprinkler system.

Katie Guenzler , Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley

12.80 ACRES
3162 SQ FT
Horse Property in Picturesque Bitterroot Valley

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

Nestled on an 8.5-acre irrigated parcel, this Stevensville Airport Road home provides the perfect combination of relaxing outdoor space, interior comfort and working land ready for horses or other livestock. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features a main floor master, large entry area, and recently remodeled kitchen. The second floor contains two additional bedrooms as well as living area, office space or game room. Remodeled basement is perfect for entertaining or media room. Walk out patio with plenty of outdoor dining and cooking space, large backyard features privacy landscaping, fire pit and amazing views of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. Property is horse ready, with a riding corral featuring dust mitigating sprinkler system, holding pens, hay barn, and supply ditch shares. The entire property has been sectionally fenced for convenient separation of livestock or crop production. The property also features an income producing guest house. The charming one-room guest house has been rented in the past for $450 per month

Katie Guenzler , Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley

8.50 ACRES
2268 SQ FT

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