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
Luxury Equestrian Estate on 20 - 40 acres West Of Bozeman. 10 min. to Rivers !

Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana

Well maintained log home on acreage just West of Bozeman. 20+ acres of rolling pasture & views. 10 minutes to the Gallatin or Madison rivers to fish. Views of Tobacco Roots, Hylites & Horseshoe Hills & Ted Turners Flying D Ranch . Ride or hike out your back gate and enjoy MILES of dirt roads that meander through beautiful farm ground and takes you all the way to Gallatin Gateway ,Montana. Additional 20 acres available to make a 40 acre property plus improvements $1,550,000

Holly Pippel , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montana Properties

20.00 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
Exquisite Montana horse property with barns,covered riding arena on 14 acres.

Kila, Flathead County, Montana

Three bedrooms 2.75 bathrooms Single level Guest quarters on property for possible Airbnb. 14 acres Two barns Covered riding arena.

Terry Christopherson , Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana

14.00 ACRES
2574 SQ FT
The Homestead River Ranch

Darby, Ravalli County, Montana

The Homestead River Ranch offers 1,500 feet of river frontage on the lower East Fork just upstream from the confluence with the famous Bitterroot River. Fantastic wade fishing and river floating opportunities are right from the ranch. Water rights and early records show the property was homesteaded in 1885 and the 864 sf historic cabin still remains, boasting additions and upgrades. The luxury cedar ranch home was built in 2008 and features handcrafted authentic materials including real stone, heavy timbers, extensive tile, granite kitchen with knotty alder cabinets. 2 huge shops plus a small apartment. The airplane hangar is used for tractors, cars, and airplane storage. The meadows are irrigated with efficient pivot irrigation systems, and are fenced and cross fenced. Amazing property!

Jan King , Berkshire Hathaway Montana Ranch Properties

85.00 ACRES
5800 SQ FT
Stunning & Well Designed Montana Equestrian Facility

Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana

This property has a large indoor coverall arena, 2 large barns, and 2 outdoor arenas on 120 acres. There are ample pastures that are fenced and cross fenced, all with heated water troughs. Enjoy the incredible mountain and valley views while riding your horse. Ther are miles of public land behind to trail ride for hours. This facility can be used for boarding, training, competitions or your own private oasis. The home is an absolutely charming newer farmhouse with shiplap walls throughout and an attached garage.

Pam Neumeyer , Best of the West Properties

120.00 ACRES
1232 SQ FT
11038 Corbly Gulch

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

Ride directly from property 3/10 of a mile to Corbly Gulch Rd that ties into a Forest Service trail system. Property is perimeter and cross fenced and has great pasture grass to offer paddock rotation.

Trent Lister , Pure West Christie's

100.00 ACRES
4050 SQ FT
White Deer Ranch

Fishtail, Stillwater County, Montana

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Beartooth Mountains just a few miles from the quaint town of Fishtail, Montana, the historic White Deer Ranch is a classic rural retreat in one of the most scenic regions of the state. Against the spectacular backdrop of the highest peaks in Montana, this 449-acre ranch rest amid gently undulating terrain in a landscape filled with lush irrigated meadows, shady aspen groves, meandering spring creeks, and an 11-acre lake, fed by a pristine 1256 GPM spring. The Lake is stocked with native Cutthroat Trout and is a destination for many migratory waterfowl. The various microsystems provide habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including mule and whitetail deer, turkeys, upland game birds, and numerous waterfowl. This property borders the 12,000 acres Tippet Rise Art Center (www.tippetrise.org). For more information on the White Deer Ranch, visit our website www.beartoothlandcompany.com

Tim Torgerson , Beartooth Ranch & Land, LLC

449.00 ACRES
3300 SQ FT
Horse Property, Belgrade, MT

Belgrade, Gallatin County, Montana

All showings by appointment only. Beautifully remolded home on 20 acres surrounded by views. If you're looking for a horse property, this is it! There are two exterior automatic water systems, one for horses and one for dogs. Conveniently located to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Bozeman, and Manhattan.

Donnie Olsson , Donnie Olsson Real Estate

20.00 ACRES
3826 SQ FT
Stillwater River ValleyRanchette

Absarokee, Stillwater County, Montana

Majestic Beartooth-Absaroka Mtn. views from this Stillwater River Valley Ranchette on 20 acres with NO RESTRICTIONS. Two accesses off Hwy 78 (1 Asphalt) provide subdivision potential.Excellent horse property includes a 5 stall barn w/ alleyway, squeeze chute, tack room, storage, hay & calving shed. Well w/frost-free stock water & separate power. Crossed fenced with two corrals. Ditch rights w/ water saving gated pipe irrigation system. Hay potential of 35 Ton. Minutes away from the Beartooth-Absaroka National Forest and Stillwater River. 40 minutes to Red Lodge Ski area.

Jennifer France , Parks Real Estate

20.34 ACRES
2230 SQ FT
Idyllic Farmhouse In The Quiet Countryside

Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Welcome to 44864 Kaiser Road. This 2 bed & 1.5 bath farmhouse lies on 120 acres of gorgeous countryside perfect for farming and ranching. This quiet and peaceful homestead is located just a few miles from the town of Ronan on a sleepy back road with very little traffic and none of the hustle or bustle of the big city. The surrounding land is a frequent host of swans, cranes, and geese along with plenty of other local wildlife making it an ideal paradise for nature enthusiasts. The home was previously updated and remodeled with modern improvements and high-end appliances for the kitchen, and the spacious master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and large picture windows that let in tons of sunlight. The home also features an open bar, cement walkways leading up from the driveway, and a large patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. The property includes multiple outbuildings for farming and ranching including a barn, stable, shop, tack room, and corrals, along with a 1 bed & 1 bath bunkhouse for extended visits. The local area has amazing opportunities for playing outdoors with plenty of acreage for horseback riding, the Flathead River only 5 miles away for anglers of all ages, and Flathead Lake is just a little bit further for swimming and boating. For an onsite tour, or property info including: Aerial Videos, 3d interactive Walkthrough Tours, Amenity Lists, and Associated Documents please call/text Rebecca Donnelly at 406-546-0067 and Cole Bergquist at 406-544-9817 or your real estate professional.

Bergquist Donnelly Team , PureWest Christies International Real Estate

120.00 ACRES
1783 SQ FT
Rare Horse property bordering BLM and yet so close to town

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Rare Horse property bordering BLM and yet so close to town! 10+ acres, with spring and irrigation ditch, well, fully fenced (smooth electric), AWESOME views of town and valley. Power and Natural Gas to the property. Quiet Cul-de-Sac street. Lots of grass and gentle south slope to make it easy to build. Saddle your horse and ride directly into the Scratch Gravel's 5800 BLM acres.

David Brandon , Avatar Realty

10.10 ACRES

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