Montana Facts and Trivia

Montana Facts and Trivia

As you contemplate purchasing a Montana ranch or recreational property, I thought it may be useful for you to know a little bit about our state. Needless to say I have compiled a list of information concerning “Big Sky Country” that may interest you. The population of Montana as of 2010 was 989,415. It sustained an 8.1% growth rate for the past decade.

On average there are 6.2 people per square mile in Montana. 90.3% of Montana’s population is Caucasian. Montana has seven Native American reservations within its borders. Tribal entities include: Crow, Cheyenne, Sioux, Blackfeet, Salish-Kootenai, Assinaboine, Cree, and Gros Ventre.

Montana has the largest migratory elk population in the nation. The Montana Yogo Sapphire is the only North American gem to be included in the Crown
Jewels of England. In 1888, Helena the state capitol had more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the world. No state has as many different species of mammals than Montana.Montana is called the “Treasure State”. The “Bitteroot” is the official flower. Montana’s highest point is Granite Peak in the Beartooth Mountains. It’s elevation is 12,799 feet.

The state’s official animal is the “Grizzly Bear”. Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word mountain. The “Western Meadowlark” is the official state bird. Montana’s deer and elk populations outnumber humans. The official state motto is “Oro y Plata” which means silver and gold. Some famous Montanans include; Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, and Dana Carvey. Montana’s favorite sports pastime is football… especially the contest between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats.

Montana has the longest free flowing river of all the lower 48 states. It is the Yellowstone River which has its source in Yellowstone National Park. There are three arteries of the United States Interstate Highway system within Montana, I-90, I-94 and I-15. Some notable movies that were made in Montana include, “Far and Away”,
“A River Ran Through It”, “The Untouchables”, “A River Wild”, “Legends of the Fall”, and “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”.

Agriculture is Montana’s primary economic contributor, followed by natural resource extraction, then tourism.

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