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
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
Inspiration Ranch: Luxury turn - key ranchette with private ponds and views

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Mountain Majesty: Nestled on the corner of Inspiration Lane of Innovation Drive, sits the ranchette of your dreams. 40 contiguous gated acres with striking views of the Mission Mountains, private ponds, an updated 4,168 square foot luxury home with an expansive deck and multiple outbuildings including a stable, storage shed and greenhouse. Inspiration Ranch offers the best of country living in the heart of Big Sky Country. Both ranch and home have been meticulously maintained and carefully updated, resulting in a turnkey property to suit any taste. Call Cole Wallace (406-570-7321) or your real estate professional. Features include: renovated kitchen and bathrooms, new brand appliances, updated flooring, new windows and doors throughout, large deck with retractable awning, 1 acre main pond with fountain, new fencing, sealed driveway, heated greenhouse, oversized 2-car heated garage, storage shed, stall stable with fenced corral, apples/plum/pear fruit trees, orchard, alarm system with surveillance. Feel your worries slip away from the picturesque gazebo wired and ready for a hot tub. Watch the wildlife roam across the rolling acres, and observe the diverse bird population that regularly visits the property's main pond from your impressive outdoor deck. The property is already fenced and ready for your cattle and horses. Tend livestock in the stall stable or simply soak in the stunning scenery, all set in a backdrop of nature's finest masterpiece. Live out your western dream at Inspiration Ranch.

Cole Wallace , Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate

40.34 ACRES
4168 SQ FT
Equestrian Log Home Ranchette with Unobstructed Views in Montana

Roscoe, Carbon County, Montana

Dream Dance Equestrian Ranch-A picturesque ranch with spectacular PROTECTED views of the Beartooth Mountains and Montana big sky countryside. Close to national forest, 44X40 barn, garage, & shop. 24 x 20 loafing shed, electric horse walker, corals, kennels, aerated pond, Roscoe CCreek & water rights. Sauna, deck & hot tub. Seller will look at all reasonable offers.

Nancy Curtiss , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Floberg Real Estate

18.51 ACRES
4327 SQ FT
40 acre country estate with luxury home and magnificent views!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

This is an amazing 40 acre country estate, located just 10 mins drive to downtown Billings and 20 mins to Billings West end. Downtown and West end feature all the restaurants, entertainment, shops and grocery stores you could ever need. There is a 30x35 detached heated & insulated shop with 12 ft doors and concrete floors as well as an attached 2 car garage. PLUS room for the RV parking. Front and side yards are all landscaped with underground sprinkling and have drip systems to all foliage. WELCOME TO YOUR DREAM HOME!

Jeanette Busony , Keller Williams Premier Brokers

40.00 ACRES
5392 SQ FT
Beautiful 10 acre property in Paradise Valley MT.

Livingston, Park County, Montana

Enjoy all that Paradise Valley has to offer; peace & quiet, views, history, & wildlife. Driving down Old Yellowstone Trail N reminds you that you are on the backroads of Montana and it is ok to slow down and enjoy the views. Sheep ranches, cattle ranches, and birds of prey greet you as you make your way to this property. Seasonal ditch water keeps the large trees growing that provide great bird habitat and privacy for the home. Covenants exist pertaining to ditch. Famed writer, Jim Harrison, called this special place home. Perhaps you would like to enjoy a little piece of heaven under the Big Sky in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Katie Kilfoil , Small Dog Realty

10.00 ACRES
4563 SQ FT
Montana Paradise - ideal horse property, fishable creek, custom home, guesthouse

Joliet, Carbon County, Montana

The custom 4,575± SF 6-bedroom, 4½-bath log home has high quality amenities including an indoor swimming pool and overlooks a pond. This is a private 47.3± acres of ideal horse property with lush green pasture, water, corrals and outbuildings. Crystal clear Rock Creek has frontage for the fisherman and two ponds provide a serene setting and habitat for wildlife. An added 3-bed, 2-bath home could be used as a guesthouse or caretakers cottage. The versatile 4,500± SF shop/bonus space includes additional living quarters, a lovely recreational area perfect for indoor entertaining as well as a patio overlooking the creek. The shop allows for a large RV storage and there are outdoor RV hookup for guests. Only 30± minutes from skiing at Red Lodge Mountain and 45± minutes from Billings Logan International Airport. The nearby Beartooth Mountains, in the Northern Rockies, provide multiple recreational opportunities including trails for horseback riding, hiking, camping, skiing and fishing. Enjoy blue ribbon fishing in the Yellowstone River and Stillwater River, panoramic Rocky Mountain vistas and Montana's blue sky. This area is within close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Ski Resorts.

Mary Lair , ML Properties

47.30 ACRES
4575 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 , Eickert Realty, LLC

12.80 ACRES
3162 SQ FT
Ranchette on the edge of an elk reserve and close to world - class fly fishing!

Greenough, Missoula County, Montana

If you're a horse lover, you will fall in love with this beautiful Home On The Range! Located near the foothills of the Swan Range, the 1768 square foot, ranch-style home overlooks the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area - home to hundreds of head of elk! Fenced and cross-fenced with 3 pastures, the 19.48 level acres provide ample grass and room for your livestock. There's a 36x48 horse barn with 2 stalls, a tack room and plenty of hay storage. An 864 square foot garage/shop with covered wings has bonus storage space or room for your hobbies. The home features 3+ bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Relax in your living room and view the wildlife from the the custom-built picture windows. Enjoy the warmth and coziness of the majestic wood burning river-rock fireplace. A 1000 square foot basement adds extra space for living or storage. Hickory cabinetry, a large laundry room and an attached 24x24 garage will seal the deal! The property is only a few short miles from trailheads accessing millions of acres of national forest and wilderness areas. Just a few miles from the Clearwater and Blackfoot Rivers, home to world class fly fishing. Contact Kim Koppen today at 406-210-1985, or your agent for a personal showing.

Kim Koppen , Great Bear Properties Inc.

19.48 ACRES
1768 SQ FT
Country living on 4.32 Acres with 3 stall horse barn, 2 fenced pastures

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Enjoy country living close to town with this attractive property on Helena Flats Road in Kalispell, Montana. Panoramic views of four mountain ranges. Minutes from Presentine Fishing Access site on the Flathead River. Views West over adjacent Conservation Land. This 4.32 acre property is ready for your animals with a 1300 sq ft barn w three horse stalls, tack room, hay storage, corral & two fenced pastures. Close to schools, shopping, airport, hospital, recreation and Kalispell or Columbia Falls. Call Ellie Johnson 406-250-1575 or Lisa Mack 406-250-8330 or your real estate professional for more details.

Ellie Johnson , Pure West Real Estate

4.32 ACRES
2834 SQ FT
20 Acres / 2 Parcels / 360 Unobstructed Views / Indoor Arena,Charming 3 Bdrm / 3Bath Hm.

Corvallis, Ravalli County, Montana

Permanently UNOBSTRUCTED 360 degree VIEWS, this property is surrounded by conservation easement and located in an agricultural Ecobelt with flood irrigation and a 35 gallon per minute well. Two adjoining parcels 12.37 acres and 7.14 acres both with independent entrances insure your privacy. The home, situated on the larger parcel, 3 bedroom, 3 bath offers a spacious 650 sq.ft. master bedroom w/ jetted tub, and office area. Two additional bedrooms on the main floor with adjoining bath offer wheelchair accessibility. The home is wheelchair accessible with an attached double car porte cochere providing shelter from the elements with a welcome garden adjoining. The kitchen offers a large butler's pantry, ample storage and is an ideal work space for entertaining. A three car garage, and 2200 sq. ft., two story, heated and air conditioned shop with 300 amp single phase will surely please the man looking for ideal work space no matter what the weather! A second 1000 ft. finished shop with stove for additional projects is a garden spot away. Property is divided into two parcels the top acreage is 7.14 acres and has a separate drive accessing a rental ($500 per month)l and the 60 X 140 lighted indoor arena. (Previously the home of Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding), Included on this upper parcel are septic, 5 outdoor runs w/ automatic stock waterers, 5 stall shed row and pastures w/Electro-braid fencing. This 7.14 acre parcel could easily be sold separately as it commands a gorgeous unobstructed view of the Bitterroot Mountains and Valley as well as the Sapphire Mountains to the East. No known covenants Further information please feel free to call: 406/880-6599

Linda Olson

20.00 ACRES
3000 SQ FT

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