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

40+ acres (31+/- high producing irrigated hay ground w/ water rights from Nugget & Green Acre ditches as well as 3 wheel lines & 2 pumps to irrigate the land which will convey at closing). The beautifully remodeled 3 bed- 2 bath home & multiple outbuildings make this private-serene escape a perfect place for your new home. No HOA to contend with and no covenants which allows you a multitude of possibilities yet it is protected as all of the neighboring properties have covenants. Pride of ownership & a true craftsman’s love of wood (walnut, oak, maple, cherry, chestnut, alder & reclaimed woods - some from the Yellowstone fire of 1988) have created a unique custom retreat. Large wood shop, equipment barn, hay storage with attached large shop, corrals, arena, round pen, barn, pastures, & bunk house are all surrounded by professional landscaping & mountain views! It is hard to find properties that are as unique and special as this one is - make an appointment to see it today!

Dot Merrill , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties

40.23 ACRES
3146 SQ FT
Luxury Equestrian Estate, with gorgeous home and property with expansive views

Belt, Cascade County, Montana

This 300 acre ranch offers excellent livestock grazing, several year round springs, two ponds, and a 100 acre dry-land hayfield. The habitat on this property is the real treat. The upland bird hunting includes pheasant, partridge and sharp-tail grouse and includes a sharp-tail grouse Lek to watch the spring courting ritual. *The perimeter fencing is good, and the corals and pens are all metal fenced for years of maintenance free upkeep. *There are two new 40 X 60 buildings one being a barn/shop the other being used as a Veterinary clinic. Both are insulated. *Located 3 miles from Belt Montana at the end of the road overlooking the Highwood Mountains. Available to view by appointment only, please call to set up. Buyers must be pre-qualified.

Greg Bahny , Bill Bahny & Asociates

300.00 ACRES
4266 SQ FT
Turn Key Horse Property

Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana

7+ acre property fenced and cross fenced. 3-stall barn, 60' X 80' riding areana, 600' round pen, outstanding mountain views close to all amenities that Bozeman, Montana has to offer. Hyalite Canyon is very close with outstanding recreational activities, Hyalite Reservoir is 14 miles from the property.

Wendy Wilson , 45th Parallel Realty

7.16 ACRES
Creekside Log Home with Horse Faciliites

Goldcreek, Powell County, Montana

Your Montana dream is right here in quaint Gold Creek. This gracious log home offers the ultimate in recreational opportunities right from your door. The entire southern boundary of the 11-acre property is formed by ¼ mile of gurgling, fishable Gold Creek. Hundreds of miles of trails in USFS land provide endless places to explore on horseback, ATV, hiking or snowmobiling. The property is well set-up for horses. Additionally, the property offers opportunities for gardening in the raised beds, and a root cellar to store your produce.

Michele Churchill , Clearwater Montana Properties

11.00 ACRES
2924 SQ FT
Horse Property with Views & Pond!

Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

Room to play! Bring your horses & toys! Views of 4 mtn ranges. Loaf shed w/tack room. 14 hayable acres in grass/alfalfa mix. 2 spring fed reservoirs. Double XL heated garage 30' deep w/8' x 18' door. 30x40 detached heated/insulated shop-220 on every wall, internet, 10x10 & 10x16 OH doors & air comp. http://2730blackhillslane.isforsale.com/

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

20.00 ACRES
3698 SQ FT
Flying H Ranch is a secluded mountain sanctuary

Superior, Mineral County, Montana

Welcome to 625 Longhorn Lane! Despite being only 10 minutes away from civilization, this private ranch is your own secluded mountain sanctuary. Surrounded by the tranquility of nature, this home is frequently visited by local wildlife, including deer, elk, & moose and is an unbeatable location for nature walks and enjoying the beauty of Montana. The home has plenty of acreage to explore while hiking and horseback riding and lies on a Forest Service access road connecting it to public lands, along with local favorites such as Diamond Lake and Cliff Lake providing exceptional hunting and unbeatable fishing. The property is horse-ready, has a gorgeous main home, 3 guest cabins for friends & family, and a rustic saloon perfect for hosting celebrations or spending an evening with the family. The main home is 4 bed & 6 bath with 8,300+ square feet of living space. The wide-open rooms & tall ceilings create an open atmosphere while the warm colors and rich hardwood decor keep the home feeling intimate and cozy. The master bedroom is incredibly spacious with a vaulted ceiling and the wall-to-wall windows let in plenty of light along with breathtaking mountain views. The master bedroom also includes a sleeping porch for sleeping outside during the warm summer nights. The kitchen is also quite spacious and stocked with top-of-the-line appliances making it a breeze whether you're grabbing a coffee & a quick bite or cooking meals for an entire household. The home also includes a private theatre room decked out with stadium seating and an innovatively decorated starry night sky ceiling that gives every movie night a charming & serene mood. The property includes 3 additional guest cabins with a total of 7 bedrooms & 8 bathrooms for guests and family. Each cabin is in excellent condition and have private amenities including full kitchens and entertaining spaces. The saloon is 2,700 square feet of open space making it perfect for hosting gatherings & events and includes a fully functioning bar with a restaurant-grade pizza oven. Other additional features include a free-standing sauna made from a historical log stagecoach stop, a skeet range built to competition specs, a shooting range, horseshoe pits, a half-court basketball court, and a high-fenced garden with berry bushes along with extra room to grow anything you might desire. The riding arena, corrals, stalls, and tack shed combined with pastures and on-site trails and trailheads make owning and riding horses a pleasure. This home is the perfect combination of rustic style and modern comfort making it an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting their own private paradise surrounded by all the best parts of Montana. 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

255.00 ACRES
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

Beautiful 5 bedroom, 2 3/4 Bath home on 36 Acres near Trout Creek. 34'X36' insulated & heated garage/shop, 34'X32' Barn, Hay Shed, 29'X40' Quonset Hut, & Rustic Cabin with power. Surrounded by trees and meadows, close to boat launch, campground, and the Noxon Reservoir.

Lynnette Robinson , Red Carpet Realty

36.00 ACRES
2648 SQ FT
Country Living near Missoula, Mt

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
Horse Property For Sale With State of The Art Irrigation System

Darby, Ravalli County, Montana

This immaculate 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 5900 square foot custom Neville log home is located just outside of the quaint town of Darby Montana. The attention to detail is visible throughout this 1999 Bitterroot tour of homes Neville log home. From the etched glass on the front door to the massive 20-ton rock fireplace that extends to the lower level to the large bank of windows in the living space allowing natural light and endless views of the Bitterroots this home is sure to impress even the most discriminating buyer. The inviting and spacious kitchen with hickory cabinets and oak flooring are accented by a Harland stove and oven, tile counter tops and large wooden bar. This kitchen is sure to provide the opportunity for making memories with family and friends. Enjoy the views of the stunning mountain peaks while you do dishes through the large bay of windows over the kitchen sink. Real stone from the Big Hole Valley accents much of the home as well as the landscaping on the grounds. Situated on 20.59 acres, this property is in two parcels and features underground sprinklers, exposed aggregate sidewalks, meticulous landscaping, and a large log gazebo. The large well-built 30 X 54 shop features concrete floor, is heated and insulated, automated 10x10 garage door and spacious 1-bedroom apartment upstairs. The apartment has full kitchen, full bath and a lovely deck. Downstairs in the shop you will find a large laundry and bath. Large pool house featuring an endless pool, radiant floor heat, kitchenette, full bath and laundry. Which could easily be repurposed as a guest house if you so choose. Attached to the pool house you will find a lush garden area protected by deer fencing with built in drip system and deer fencing. Excellent water rights form Tin Cup. State of the Art Irrigation System.

April Hawkes , Flying Hawkes Real Estate

20.59 ACRES
5920 SQ FT

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