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Another nickname for Montana is "The Treasure State"

Montana is in the Mountain Time Zone

The State Fair is held in mid-summer in Great Falls


Total area: 147,046 square miles, the fourth largest state in size
Total land area: 145,392 square miles
Total water area:  1,490 square miles


Elevation range: 1,800 – 12,799 feet above sea level
Average elevation: 3,400 feet above sea level

 Highest point: 12,799 feet above sea level  at Granite Peak in Park County
Lowest point: 1,800 feet above sea level. At the Kootenai River

Longitude: 104° 2'W to 116° 2'W
Latitude: 44° 26'N to 49°N
Geographic Center: 11 miles west of Lewistown in Fergus County at Longitude: 109° 38.3'W Latitude: 41° 1.9'N

Borders:  To the south, you will find Idaho and Wyoming.  Idaho is also on the western border.  On the east, there are both North and South Dakota.  Canada is to the north.

Length: 630
Width: 280


2000 - 902,195 persons

population density: 6.20 persons per square mile, the 48th most densely population state

Montana's population grew 10% from 1990 to 1996

Other Information:

Per capita income: $22,518 (2000)
median income: $26,470 (2000)

Average age: 33.8 years

For fishing and hunting information:
Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
1420 E. Sixth Ave.
P.O. Box 200702
Helena, Montana 59620


The name of Montana came from the Spanish word "montana" which means mountain. In fact, Montana has many mountains with the altitude of more than one-half the state being over 5,000 feet above sea level. Not only does Montana have many mountains, but it also has expansive prairie land. There are also over 22 million acres of forest land. Outdoor recreation may be found in all areas of the state.

Montana was first searched out by French traders Louis and Francois Verendrye in 1743. Though remaining mostly unexplored and unsettled until 1805 when Lewis and Clark began exploring the area, new settlers finally began to come to the new wilderness. The capacity for hydroelectric energy in the state is the largest in the world. There are 25 major dams in the state. Over one billion dollars of minerals are mined here each year.

Montana has had its share of US history too!

1876, June 25 - Custer's Last Stand
1883, Sept 8 - Northern Pacific Railroad's last spike
1916 - Jeannette Rankin of Missoula, the country's first Congresswoman
1923, July 4 - The Dempsey-Gibbons fight (boxing)

Weather & Climate:

Record high temperature: 117 degrees, F. at Glendive on 20 July 1893.  This record was tied on 5 July 1937 at Medicine Lake
Record low temperature: -70 degrees, F. at Rogers Pass on 20 January 1954



Montana Disaster Center homepage

Government Links page for Montana
Great links page for all levels of government in Montana


Montana Road conditions and travel information

Official Montana State Travel Information Site


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This page was created 10 November 1998

This page was last updated 18 September 2006 at 11:40 am

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