About Montana

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
 
$1,495,000
81 Rockinghorse Drive

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana


Immaculate home in Cameron Bridge Estates! At almost 6,000 square feet, this 2007 built custom home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, two kitchens, three living areas, a large bonus room over the 3 stall garage and tons of storage! Sit beside the wood burning fireplace and admire beautiful mountain views. This 10+/- acre property includes 3 fenced pastures, a barn with two stalls and tack room and a studio above it. Access to the Gallatin River!

Mike Basile , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

10.73 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
5931 SQ FT
 
$790,000
Quiet Water

Fishtail, Stillwater County, Montana


This rustic home is perfectly situated above the Stillwater River on 10 secluded acres with private access to the Stillwater River and National Forest. This area of Montana is blessed with blue Ribbon Trout Streams, highest peaks in Montana and the best backcountry trails leading into Yellowstone National Park.

Tim Torgerson , Beartooth Ranch & Land, LLC

10.00 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2247 SQ FT
 
$149,900
Horse Property For Sale with Gorgeous Views

Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana


Awesome acreage available with fabulous Mountain Views and ideal for horse lovers. No Zoning and Businesses Permitted!! Perfect for Family Residence, Bed and Breakfast, Rental Cabins, Etc.... Close proximity to major highway which make for ease of accessibility during heavy snow months. Come live and work just South of Heaven!! Call Listing Broker, Debi Hood for more details at 406-885-1878

Debi Hood , PureWest Christie's International Real Estate

0.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$1,095,000
Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic views.

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana


Delightful Mountain Home, nestled in a verdant forest, with fantastic Bridger Range and canyon views. Bring your horses! Easy access off Kelly Canyon Road - minutes to Bozeman and to Bridger Bowl. About 8 acres of lush horse pasture, with a 4-horse stable. Updated kitchen w/pantry. Spacious, vaulted and beamed living room w/massive rock fireplace, dining area w/brick fireplace and views. Lots of rooms for guests, offices, media, exercise, workshop. Storage galore, plus carport on west. Bridger Canyon Opportunity!

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

13.61 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4500 SQ FT
 
$1,200,000
Horse property w / arena - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, Bozeman MT

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana


Beautiful mini-ranch - 20 ac. in gorgeous Bridger Canyon, 10 mi. from Main St. and 6 mi. from Bridger Bowl ski area. Perfect setup for horses or other animals, with 60x120 insulated arena/barn w/8 stalls, large riding arena, tack room, workshop, water heater and sink, treadmill, washing area, pasture, fencing, and some cross fencing. Arena/barn could be RV/auto storage or greenhouse. 3284 s.f. 3bd/3bath home has been partially updated. Gorgeous views! Furnished apartment in bsmt. is ready for guests or caretaker/ranch hand. Historic brick fireplace in living room, cozy large wood stove on a brick hearth in family room. Hardwood floor under carpet in living room. House room dimensions available. To the west is private pasture land, fenced for cattle. Some new wood fences and some need work. Compact, functional horse operation in a beautiful location.

Sharon Tudor Isler , ERA Landmark Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3284 SQ FT
 
$1,200,000
Mission Valley Wonderland Estate

Saint Ignatius, Lake County, Montana


VERY MOTIVATED BRING OFFER MISSION VALLEY WONDERLAND ESTATE ON 200+ ACRES! Don't miss this bargain! Two quality homes perched high above the Mission Valley. Enjoy the gorgeous conifer forest, grazing meadows, flowing spring, pond & irrigation water. Tremendous panoramic views including the National Bison Range. A grand orchestra of Big Sky country. The horse lover will be impressed w/the immaculate 6-stall stable & all the amenities a horse could dream. Family fun & year round entertainment is just minutes away at McDonald Lake. The 4,400+ square foot main log home features two master suites, 4 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces & a massive wrap around deck. The guest residence is perfectly comfortable w/two large bedrooms, two full baths & pellet stove. Meticulous care abounds. The spring fed pond and... year round flowing water are big livestock bonuses. Amazing opportunity for the second home adventurer, the bed & breakfast minded enthusiast, the mountaintop seeking artist and/or the dude rancher looking for a cattle & horse friendly enclave.

Bob Mattson , Kelly Right Real Estate

203.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4442 SQ FT
 
$2,200,000
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
5 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3937 SQ FT
 
$699,000
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
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
3873 SQ FT
 
$499,999
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
2 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1388 SQ FT
 
$249,900
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
2 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS
961 SQ FT

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