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
Whitefish, Montana. This exquisite 4400+ square foot 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home,

Whitefish, Flathead County, Montana

This exquisite 4400+ square foot 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home is located on 10 open and level acres nestled inside the premier gated subdivision of Stillwater at Whitefish off Farm to Market Road. Country living at its finest, this home features an outstanding open floor plan with uniquely incredible views of the Salish Mountain Range. The premium appliances are tastefully done in stainless steel, with impeccable wrought iron work highlighting the stairs and perfectly complimenting the fir and larch wire brushed hardwood timber floors. The design of the kitchen, combined with the materials used to construct it, is simply a chef's dream. The dining room, which features a tray ceiling and chandelier, is the perfect place to enjoy meals with family and friends. The master suite on the main floor is very well thought out as is the design of the entire home. The home also features a very efficient four zone geothermal heating and cooling system, a floor to ceiling rocked gas fireplace with custom cabinetry on either side, custom white fir doors and trim as well as a wall of windows in the great room facing the mountains. Also in the floor plan are two offices, an exercise area, mudroom with cubbies, walk in closets and an oversized two car heated garage with side storage area and custom wood garage doors. Horses are very welcome at Stillwater at Whitefish. Enjoy access to the Stillwater River through the homeowners park. The drilled well on the property offers plentiful flow of water to the home. The property also includes surface water rights to the Stillwater River for irrigation purposes.

Lee Gray , Great Northern Real Estate Brokers, LLC

10.00 ACRES
4433 SQ FT
Burgess Ranch on Meadow Creek

Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana

This is one of the most pristine ranches located on Meadow Creek near Fortine, Montana. The views of the Whitefish Mountain range are spectacular. The 360 degree views of the surrounding meadows and timberlands are equally spectacular. The house overlooks the grassy meadow that Meadow Creek peacefully meanders through. The interior of the house has wooden beams and rustic barn wood accents and trim. There is also a large sitting area with a propane fire place as well as a living room. The views from these rooms and the large exterior deck are phenomenal. The Ranch is located 15 minutes from Eureka and 45 minutes from Whitefish and all the amenities of the Flathead Valley. For more information please Contact Josh Letcher 406-249-8909 or your licensed real estate professional.

Gideon Yutzy , High Mountain Realty

10.00 ACRES
2664 SQ FT
Exquisite "Fir" log home with barn and 500 acres of alfalfa, grass and hay.

Hilger, Fergus County, Montana

The Double B Ranch is located in the shadow of the Judith Mountains on a plateau overlooking the rolling hills of Hilger Mt. The ranch has one of the most beautiful 'Fir" log homes in the state of Montana. It was cutom built and no detail was overlooked. The ranch has 500 acres of alfalfa, hay and grass with water in each pasture, two large wells and a spring feed reservoir. The ranch runs 100 pair of Black Angus. The ranch is located 15 miles north of Lewistown MT and approx 150 north of Billings MT. Several mountain ranges can be seen form the ranch which include the Judith, Snowies, Belts and Moccasins. Lots of hunting in the area. There are mountain lions, elk, deer, bear, upland game birds plus migratory geese and ducks.

James Huskey , ERA American Real Estate

500.00 ACRES
3937 SQ FT
Independently Powered 10 Acre Horse Property With Home & Guest House

Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana

Quintessential Montana property offered on over 10 fabulous acres in the greater Three Forks area. Enjoy the secluded lifestyle of Montana living where the Missouri River is less than a half mile from home and public land can be accessed within a short distance.This property is independently powered with solar paneling and wind turbines which operate this custom 4 bedroom 3 bathroom, 3700 sqft. home and the 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1250 sqft. guest house. The home and guesthouse are separately metered with individual wells and septic systems. Live on site and rent the guest house - nightly or monthly! The property has been well manicured and upgraded with a fire suppression system, drip system for the mature landscaping and R 22 value insulation in the crawl space for those chilly winters! This is a unique property that offers lots of potential for maximizing your quality of life and is a terrific investment. Set up your appointment with me today to tour!

Bobby Goodman , Windermere Bozeman Downtown

10.21 ACRES
4950 SQ FT
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
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
Incredible 60 - acre property bordered by Forest Service

Bigfork, Flathead County, Montana

Incredible 60-acre property bordered by Forest Service, minutes from Bigfork, with 2 custom log homes built with light-colored logs creating a bright interior, year-round trout pond, Bear Creek & 4-5 other smaller creeks, a bridge, & the majestic Swan Mountains as a backdrop. The Cabin by the Pond is 1,008 sf, 1 bed, 1 bath single level home with maple, slate & travertine tile floors, an amazing kitchen with antique wood cook stove, & a Lopi wood burning stove. The Carriage House is a 2-level 1,419 sf 2 bed, 2 bath home with main level bedroom & full bath, & a bedroom suite on the loft level. Furnishings negotiable. All this and Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Resort, Blacktail Ski Resort, Jewel Basin Hiking area, & Bob Marshall Wilderness nearby.

Jennifer Shelley , PureWest Christie's

60.00 ACRES
2427 SQ FT
Dalton Mountain Ranch with amazing views and fully fenced.

Lincoln, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Dalton Mountain Ranch, overlooks the Blackfoot River watershed from east to west. Magnificent views are east to Roger's Pass, west to the Missions, north into the Scapegoat Wilderness, South to Dalton Mountain and every place in between. The 200 acres has Willow creek meandering thru, along with large and small wildlife abound and has a conservation easement in place. South and east boundary is state land. Beautiful log home is 2598 sqft with wrap around deck for enjoying the views. A must see...

Becky Garland , Action Realty of Lincoln

200.00 ACRES
3855 SQ FT
Charming Historic Estate - 5 Acre Horse Property in Billings.

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

CHARMING HISTORIC ESTATE Owned by Original Family- Corner of 56th St W & Neibauer boasting 3000+sq ft completely remodeled house on 5+ irrigated acres. Beautifully Landscaped & has a decorative fish pond. Relax in the Hot Tub. A magnificent place, perfect for the traditional Horse Lover. Bunk House above garage. Near 2 Equestrian Centers, Riding Trail behind the property, Irrigation Rights, 4 Acres suitable for development, Private Schools nearby. Bunk House above the Garage

Reatha Montoya , Magic City Real Estate

5.62 ACRES
3121 SQ FT

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