Montana, US

Montana: State of the United States of America


Montana became the 41st state admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889. Its name comes from the Spanish word for mountain.

Geography and Climate

Montana is the 4th largest U.S. state covering 147,039 square miles. It shares borders with North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Canada. The varied terrain includes the Rocky Mountains and eastern rolling plains. Major rivers are the Missouri and Yellowstone.

The continental climate produces cold winters and hot summers. The west is drier than the east.

Economy and Industries

Montana's economy relies on agriculture, energy, and tourism. Cattle ranching and wheat farming drive the agricultural sector. Coal, oil, and natural gas are important energy resources. Attractions like Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks draw tourists.

The service industry is growing in cities while high-tech firms are building data centers and creating jobs.

Culture and Demographics

Montana has just over 1 million residents. The population is predominantly white with significant Native American heritage. The culture reflects rugged individualism and outdoor lifestyles. Larger cities offer amenities with access to nature.

Government and Politics

The capital is Helena while the largest city is Billings. The current governor is Greg Gianforte, Republican. Montana leans conservative and has voted Republican in recent presidential elections.

Montana offers majestic natural beauty through soaring mountains and wide-open plains. Ranching, farming, energy, and tourism underpin the economy. Hardy, self-reliant residents enjoy the state's pristine wilderness and small town communities.

Montana locator map
Location of Montana

Quick Facts about Montana

Population : 1,080,577
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Montana
Area : 381154 km2
Water as percent of area : 1.02%
Land as percent of area : 98.98%
Northernmost point : Point(-107.366666666 49.0)
Legislative body : Montana Legislature
Named for : mountain
Official language : English
Altitude : 3,396 feet / 1035 meters
Capital : Helena
Establishment : November 11, 1889 (134 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−07:00, America/Denver
Local time : 17:16:32 (20th April 2024)
Seal of Montana seal image
Seal of Montana
Seal of Montana seal image


Montana is located at 47°0'1"N 109°45'4"W (47.0002500, -109.7510200). It has 8 neighbors: Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan.

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The largest city of Montana is Billings with a population of 117,445. Other cities include, Missoula population 76,848, Helena population 33,737, Kalispell population 25,329 and Belgrade population 10,390. See all Montana cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Montana (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Montana.

City Name Title County Population
Billings The most populous city in Montana. Yellowstone 117,445
Missoula The most populous city in Missoula County, Montana. Missoula 76,848
Great Falls Town in Cascade County, Montana, United States Cascade 58,353
Bozeman Town in Gallatin County, Montana, United States Gallatin 50,970
Butte Consolidated city-county in Montana, United States Silver Bow 34,190
Helena State capital of Montana, United States and seat of Lewis and Clark County Lewis and Clark 33,737
Kalispell City in Flathead County, Montana, United States Flathead 25,329
Belgrade City in Gallatin County, Montana, USA Gallatin 10,390
Havre City in Hill County, Montana, United States Hill 9,706
Anaconda Town in Montana Deer Lodge 9,417
Whitefish City in Flathead County, Montana, United States Flathead 8,713
Miles City City in Custer County, Montana Custer 8,264
Livingston City and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States Park 7,898
Lockwood Human settlement in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States of America Yellowstone 6,797
Laurel City in Yellowstone County, Montana, USA Yellowstone 6,715
Sidney City in Montana, United States Richland 6,297

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Montana has 8 neighbours.

  • Missoula County
  • Ravalli County
  • Cascade County
  • Silver Bow County
  • Hill County
  • Stillwater County
  • Yellowstone County
  • Chouteau County
  • Broadwater County
  • Petroleum County
  • Beaverhead County
  • Garfield County
  • Flathead County
  • Wibaux County
  • Mineral County
  • Custer County
  • Toole County
  • Treasure County
  • Teton County
  • Powder River County
  • Judith Basin County
  • Blaine County
  • Daniels County
  • Jefferson County
  • Fallon County
  • Glacier County
  • Granite County
  • Roosevelt County
  • Lake County
  • Sheridan County
  • Fergus County
  • Lincoln County
  • Sweet Grass County
  • Carbon County
  • Rosebud County
  • Big Horn County
  • Pondera County
  • Valley County
  • Liberty County
  • Richland County
  • Gallatin County
  • Wheatland County
  • Dawson County
  • Carter County
  • McCone County
  • Meagher County
  • Madison County
  • Golden Valley County
  • Musselshell County
  • Phillips County
  • Sanders County
  • Lewis and Clark County
  • Prairie County
  • Powell County
  • Park County
  • Deer Lodge County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 376,053 - census
1920 548,889 31.49% census
1930 537,606 -2.1% census
1940 559,456 3.91% census
1950 591,024 5.34% census
1960 674,767 12.41% census
1970 694,409 2.83% census
1980 786,690 11.73% census
1990 799,065 1.55% census
2000 902,195 11.43% census
2010 989,415 8.82% census
2011 997,316 0.79% estimation process
2012 1,003,783 0.64% estimation process
2013 1,013,569 0.97% estimation process
2014 1,021,869 0.81% estimation process
2015 1,030,475 0.84% estimation process
2016 1,040,859 1% estimation process
2017 1,052,482 1.1% estimation process
2018 1,060,665 0.77% estimation process
2019 1,068,778 0.76% estimation process
2020 1,080,577 1.09% estimation process

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People born in Montana (94)

People born in Montana, including costume designer Irene Lentz, film director Erle C. Kenton, diplomat Spruille Braden, .


  • Bill Bowers (American actor) he was born in 16/04/1959
  • Brandon Eggum (American amateur wrestler) he was born in 04/08/1976
  • Brent Weeks (American fiction writer) he was born in 07/03/1977
  • George Montgomery (American actor and artist) he was born in 29/08/1916
  • Dennis Meadows (American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management, widely known as a coauthor of The Limits to Growth) he was born in 07/06/1942
  • William McPherson Allen (American businessperson) he was born in 01/09/1900
  • Joe Rickson (actor (1880-1958)) he was born in 06/09/1880
  • Julia Heron (set decorator) she was born in 21/11/1897
  • Kendall Cross (Olympic wrestler) he was born in 24/02/1968
  • Marvin Camel (American boxer) he was born in 24/12/1951
  • Jeanne DuPrau (American writer) she was born in 09/06/1944
  • Will Roscoe (American scholar) he was born in 01/01/1964
  • Looking Glass (Nez Percé War leader) he was born in 01/01/1823
  • Morning Star (great chief of the Northern Cheyenne people) he was born in 01/01/1810
  • George Theodore Boileau (American priest) he was born in 10/09/1912
  • George Flynn (American composer (b. 1937)) he was born in 21/01/1937
  • Jack A. Marta (American cinematographer) he was born in 05/03/1903
  • Jack Aeby (American mechanical engineer and photographer) he was born in 16/08/1923

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Montana Counties (more)

Yellowstone County
Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County, county in Montana, United States of America

Missoula County
Missoula County

Missoula County, county in Montana, United States

Gallatin County
Gallatin County

Gallatin County, county in Montana, United States

County Name Population
Yellowstone County 162,990
Missoula County 121,630
Gallatin County 116,806
Flathead County 105,851
Cascade County 81,346
Lewis and Clark County 70,229
Ravalli County 45,002
Silver Bow County 35,180
Lake County 30,986
Lincoln County 20,343
Park County 16,760
Hill County 16,358
Glacier County 13,594
Big Horn County 13,063
Jefferson County 12,360
Sanders County 12,157

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Map of Montana Na 1
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Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge Map
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Mtmap Doton Fortbenton
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Montana 1990
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Montana Locator Map With Us
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Montana Locator Map
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Montana Map
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Wpdms Washington Territory 1863 Legend 3
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Yellowstone Caldera Map2
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Usa Montana Location Map
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Montana Flag Map
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Counties Map of Montana
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Montana Relief Map
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Where Is Montana Located
Montana Cities And Towns
Montana Cities And Towns
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Montana County Map