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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Montana

Montana is known as "Big Sky Country" because of its vast size and rolling plains. The members of the Lewis and Clark expedition were the first white explorers known to have set foot in Montana. It joined the United States in 1889 as the 41st state. The name Montana comes from the Spanish word Montana, meaning "mountainous," although the eastern part of the state consists of gently rolling pastureland. The Anaconda Company had a stranglehold on the state's copper industry for about 100 years, but today Montana is known as a tourist destination for those drawn to its many trout streams and wide open spaces. Its capital is Helena and the state flower is the bitterroot.

   Miscellaneous    Montana

State Flower: Bitterroot

State Motto: Gold and silver

State Nickname: Treasure State

State Bird: Western meadowlark

   Geography    Montana

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 145,552

Length: 630 miles

Width: 280 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Billings, 104,170
  2. Missoula, 66,788
  3. Great Falls, 58,505
  4. Bozeman, 37,280
  5. Butte-Silver Bow (balance), 33,600
  6. Helena, 28,190
  7. Kalispell, 19,927
  8. Havre, 9,310
  9. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, 9,298
  10. Miles City, 8,410

Geographic Center: 11 miles west of Lewistown

Geographic Center County: Fergus

Highest Point: 12,799 ft. — Granite Peak

Lowest Point: 1,800 ft. — Kootenai River

Number of counties: 56, includes small part of Yellowstone National Park

State forests: 7 (214,000 ac.)

State parks and recreation areas: 110 (18,273 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 6.8

   People    Montana

Population, 2010: 98941500.00%
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 0
Population, 2000: 90219000.00%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.40%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 22.50%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 14.60%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.00%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 89.40%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 6.30%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.60%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.50%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 2.90%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 87.80%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 82.00%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 1.90%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 4.70%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 90.40%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 0
Veterans, 2005-2009: 100,259
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 17.3

Housing units, 2009: 44127900.00%
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 68.90%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 16.50%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $162,100

Households, 2005-2009: 372,947
Persons per household, 2005-2009: $2
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $22,881
Median household income, 2009: $42,222
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 15.00%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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