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
Horse Lover's Dream in the Beautiful Big Flat Area of Missoula Montana

Missoula, Missoula County, Montana

Horse lover's dream in Missoula's prime horse property area, the beautiful Big Flat. Close to endless riding trails as well as the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers for fishing, floating, swimming. 4 level home on 5 flat, sunny acres, serene mountain and valley views. Paved road, easy access to airport, shopping, hospitals, schools.

Jan and Rod Rogers , ERA Lambros Real Estate

5.00 ACRES
3280 SQ FT
Indian Cliff's Lodge

Joliet, Carbon County, Montana

Step into central Montana's premier Log home. Welcome to Indian Cliffs Lodge. This exquisite 7000+ Sf Log Home features numerous outbuildings, an additional guest home and 40 acres along Rock Creek with a private island and a private pond. Multiple creeks and canals run through this lush property. The 5600Sf Barn with 1200SF Heated Shop will give you all the space you need. Authenticated Indian Paintings grace the rock cliffs of this estate. Visit us and take the tour at Indiancliffslodge.com

Leza Vargas , Western Skies Real Estate

40.00 ACRES
7014 SQ FT
Lifestyle with Horses - Enjoy the peace and quiet

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

Enjoy the peace and quiet from the lifestyle this Manhattan property offers. Custom Ranch Style energy efficient home with a very comfortable open design. Abundant natural light with large windows capturing spectacular views. Formal and informal dining areas, Granite counter tops in kitchen with large breakfast bar and pantry. Roomy Master Suite with two large closets and separate soaking tub. Spacious laundry/mud room with ample storage and half bath adjacent. Cathedral ceilings in living room with fireplace. Nine foot walls and radiant floor heat in lower level with family room, rec room, extra room, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and gear room for seasonal recreational storage. Three car garage is insulated and a new exercise room recently added. Backyard is tastefully landscaped and fenced for dogs. Terrific barn with nice tack room and stalls for livestock and hay storage. Frost free livestock waterer accommodate corrals and separate pastures for easy grass management.

Dan Reddick , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

10.00 ACRES
4496 SQ FT
Luxury Tuscan style equestrian estate

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

When you drive into this enchanting Tuscan style estate, the Bridger Mountains unfold before you. Set on a private 26 acre knoll in Bridger Canyon, the home blends organically into the hillside, surrounding meadows and trees. The varied living areas and outdoor terraces, decks and balconies offer numerous ways to watch the different seasons unfold in luxurious comfort. One of the finest lots in Bridger Creek Ranch, which includes a pond, creek and 180 acres of open space trails and woods. A magical experience awaits you only eight miles from downtown! This light filled home includes a master suite with sitting room, home theater, exercise room, sun room, office, guest suite with kitchenette and an enchanting children's wing with two bedrooms, bath and loft play areas. Views from every window!

Laurie Andrews , ERA Landmark Real Estate

26.59 ACRES
5599 SQ FT
Only 15 Minutes to Missoula

Florence, Missoula County, Montana

Mostly level 20 acre parcel, great for homesite and horse ranch. Irrigation rights from Ditch.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.00 ACRES
Former Buffalo Ranch

Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana

20 Acres of level ground with a great mixture of large mature trees, fenced perimeter and several fenced pastures with seasonal creek. This 2 story home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, double car garage with studio apt. & several outbuilding. Lots of potential with several RV hookups.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.18 ACRES
1800 SQ FT
Backs to National Forest

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

Beaver Creek meanders thru this 319 acre ranch near Tour Creek, MT. Great location for a guide service or private retreat. This rare find is in the heart of great recreational country w/excellent hunting. Property borders the Kaniksu National Forest and offers endless opportunities. The terrain of the ranch is gently sloped with some rolling hills and several springs. 60+/- acres are pasture, with the remaining acreage in timber. Just down the road 4 miles is the very desirable recreation area of Trout Creek, MT on the banks of the Noxon Reservoir. This lake is a warm water fishery which hosts bass, walleye, pike and trout, but is also great for swimming, boating & water skiing. Please call for a tour of a truly unique property.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

319.00 ACRES
1800 SQ FT
J&M Ranchette

Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana

This lovely home is on 19.88 acres with open meadows with a backdrop of pine covered hills. Close to shopping, medical facilities, schools and a small airport. We are only an hour away from major city of Billings, Mt. Large 1200 sq. ft. shop, insulated and wired for 220. Ample room to build a barn &/or stalls.

Susie Churchill , XL Realty

19.88 ACRES
1390 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
Equestrian Training Facility

Columbus, Stillwater County, Montana

MONTANA HOME w/Private River Access_River Rafting_Fly Fishing_Bow Hunting_ATV's & Camping. AMAZING 5,000 sqft- 5 Bed/3 Bath Home on 20+ Irrigated Acres w/ Great Hay production. Heated Indoor 8 Stall Horse Barn w/Breezway & Hot Water Wash Rack. XLarge Insulated SHOP for Equipment. Home has a MOTHER-IN-LAW LIVING AREA with a second kitchen & separate entry. Tons of storage & a secret Vault/Gun room. VIRTUAL TOUR - https://youtu.be/bj0GaeOaelw

Tannis Kramer , Western Skies Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
4952 SQ FT

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