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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 Property for sale.

Belt, Cascade County, Montana

Enjoy peace and tranquility in this garden of eden setting on 175 acres on one of Central Montana's finest. Year round stream flows through the property with large cottonwood trees and abundant chokecherry trees. The 175 acres provides grazing for livestock on the ranch as well as abundant wildlife. The property provides privacy and peacefulness yet is only 20 miles from Great Falls and approximately 3 miles from Belt. Septic system installed is for 5 bedroom home so plenty of room to grow. Must see this property as many items too numerous to mention.

Gary Keaster , Belt Valley Properties

175.03 ACRES
973 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Beautiful equestrian property with a panoramic view of the Bitterroot Mountains

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

This home is surrounded by lush, well landscaped grounds with trees, garden spot and numerous flower beds. Property is serviced with irrigation rights from the Bitterroot Irrigation District. Features include large deck and patios from which to enjoy the park like environment and the mountain vistas. The many features include an outdoor barbeque area, detached 416 sq. ft. guest house, 3 stall horse barn with spacious tack area. A 30' X 48' shop, large 30' X 60' garage with additional storage area for tractors and other ranch equipment. Various run in sheds and pasture for the horse enthusiast. The acreage includes a pond, pasture and approximately 5 acres of productive hay ground.

Paul Kink , Eickert Realty, LLC

10.06 ACRES
2684 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Build Your Montana Legacy

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Create your own Montana equestrian center with this outstanding 127 acre property. The solid infrastructure has been forged and it allows for infinite possibilities to design and construct a spectacular equine estate with minutes to Kalispell and Rebecca Farm.

Jill Hinrichs , RRE-RBS-LIC-71278 Chuck Olson Real Estate, Inc.

127.00 ACRES
6295 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Homestead on Jerked Priarie

Wise River, Beaverhead County, Montana

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the largest national forest in Montana, covering 3.35 million acres in the southwestern part of the state. It is famous for its big game animals, so if hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling or skiing are among your pursuits, this is the place to be. Jerked Prairie is a rare inholding situated in the heart of the Pioneer Mountains with full automobile access in the summer and over the snow vehicle access in winter. Words simply will not do this special place justice. The hand-built custom log home and the guest cabins are works of art, but for details, let’s start outdoors with the vast acreage and all of its splendor: Lambrecht Creek — loaded with westslope cutthroat trout — runs the length of the property. Elk, moose, deer, bear, wolves and other wildlife will traverse your property every day, viewable from the deck of the log home. Mountain meadows, timber and creek bottoms combine to make this the most beautiful property on the market today. Access to hundreds of thousands of acres of forest lands is part of the joy of ownership. A meticulously handcrafted 3600sf log home is the main residence, with all the conveniences of modern homes, yet completely off grid. A stunning new guest cabin and two refurbished cabins from 1901 are on the property to accommodate guests. The main log home features a beautiful wooden interior, an open floor plan with big windows and lots of natural light, a spacious kitchen with an island, a gorgeous stone fireplace and many other amenities. One must visit this rare inholding in person to understand the sheer overwhelming beauty and how much privacy the forest location provides.

Cody Carestia , Ursus Montana Realty LLC

158.00 ACRES
3600 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Horse Property with Spectacular Mountain Views

Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

REDUCED!!! This was a good deal, now it's a great one! Outstanding mountain views from this beautiful home on 10 level acres in Sky Ranch Estates. All set up for horses with a beautiful new barn that is close to completion! Runway is unpaved, 5000' x 120', elevation 2905' and 6 miles east of Kalispell.

Laurie Turner , Re/Max Glacier Country

10.00 ACRES
2400 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
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 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. Lot next door also for sale, could purchase with this property and have over 40 acres together. Seller financing may be available, call for information.

Marge Tucker , Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

22.09 ACRES
691 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
Horse property for sale with gorgeous views

Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, Montana

Overlooks a canyon valley view. Look out windows from main foor and walk out basement. Beautiful deck around 2 sides and fantastic views. Has fenced and crossfenced areas on the property. Loads of wild life, deer, moose and much more. This property is off-grid and also has propane and wind turbine.Wood stove and propane heat.

Marge Tucker , Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc.

24.50 ACRES
1352 SQ FT
Horse Property for sale.
The Moondance Ranch

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana

What an amazing location! This Montana property is an extremely well-planned horse ranch with luxury amenities. The ranch is designed to facilitate maximum enjoyment of ranch ownership with minimum labor. The ranch is located in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana on land homesteaded by pioneers seeking privacy and good fertile land. The ranch has excellent water rights and the hay production is some of the best in the Valley. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a property that is already divided into 8 parcels with live creeks, pond, mountain views, privacy, and within an easy commute to Stevensville, Hamilton, and Missoula, Montana. Be sure to check out the lovely log home, deluxe barn, guest house and artist studio, machine shop, and all the top quality fencing, irrigation equipment, and paved interior roadways.

Jan King , Berkshire Hathaway Montana Ranch Properties

139.00 ACRES
4600 SQ FT

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