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 Lovers Retreat

McAllister, Madison County, Montana

Dot Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

40.23 AC
3 BR
2 BA
3146 SQ FT
Luxury Equestrian Estate, with gorgeous home and property with expansive views

Belt, Cascade County, Montana

Greg Bahny , Bill Bahny & Asociates

300.00 AC
4 BR
4 BA
4266 SQ FT
Turn Key Horse Property

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

Wendy Wilson , 45th Parallel Realty

7.16 AC
3 BR
2 BA
Creekside Log Home with Horse Faciliites

Goldcreek, Powell County, Montana

Michele Churchill , Clearwater Montana Properties

11.00 AC
4 BR
2 BA
2924 SQ FT
Horse Property with Views & Pond!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

Bryan Gentry , BSG Real Estate Solutions - Montana Real Estate Brokers

20.00 AC
6 BR
4 BA
3698 SQ FT
Flying H Ranch is a secluded mountain sanctuary

Superior, Mineral County, Montana

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

255.00 AC
4 BR
6 BA
8389 SQ FT
Room to Roam - Beautiful 5 bedroom, 2 3 / 4 Bath home on 36 Acres near Trout Creek

Trout Creek, Sanders County, Montana

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

36.00 AC
5 BR
2.75 BA
2648 SQ FT
Country Living near Missoula, Mt

Florence, Missoula County, Montana

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.00 AC
- BR
- BA
Former Buffalo Ranch

Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

20.18 AC
3 BR
3 BA
1800 SQ FT
Horse Property For Sale With State of The Art Irrigation System

Darby, Ravalli County, Montana

April Hawkes , Flying Hawkes Real Estate

20.59 AC
4 BR
4 BA
5920 SQ FT

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