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Montana State Profile

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Where is Montana? Montana is a state located in the Northwestern United States. It is bordered by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan on the north; by…

Where is Montana?

Montana is a state located in the Northwestern United States. It is bordered by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan on the north; by North Dakota and South Dakota on the east; by Wyoming and Idaho on the south; and on the west it is bordered by Idaho.

What is the capital of Montana?

Helena is the capital city of Montana. It is the county seat of Lewis and Clark County. The city was founded on July 14, 1864 with the discovery of gold in a gulch off the Prickly Pear valley by the “Four Georgians”.

What is the largest city of Montana?

Billings is the largest city of Montana, covering an area of 33.8 square miles. According to the 2010 census, the estimated population of the city is 104,170.

What are the administrative divisions of Montana?

Montana is divided into fifty-six counties. Yellowstone County is the largest county by population.

How big is Montana?

Montana is the fourth-largest state in the United States with an area of 147,042 square miles. According to the 2010 census, it has an estimated population of 989,415, the forty-fourth highest in the nation. Accordingly it has the third-lowest population density in the United States.

Who are the political leaders of Montana?

Governor – Steve Bullock
Lieutenant Governor – John Walsh

What are the languages spoken in Montana?

English is the most commonly used and official language of Montana. German, Spanish, French and Italian are also spoken by a few people.

What are the main religions of Montana?

Christianity is the official religion of Montana. The various denominations of the religion include Protestants, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and the Presbyterian Church. There are also a few Jews and Muslims in the state.

When did Montana achieve statehood?

Montana is the forty-first state of the United States. The discovery of gold and copper in the region in the late 1850s led the people from other states to enter Montana. On May 26, 1864, Montana became a territory of the United States and remained so for the next twenty-five years. It was only when the federal government passed the Enabling Act of 1889 that Montana was admitted to the Union. The constitution was then ratified by the voters and on November 8, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison declared Montana as a separate state.

What are the famous places in Montana?

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Glacier National Park, Beaverhead Rock State Park, Yellowstone National Park, Whitefish Lake Beach, and Montana Historical Society Museum are the most famous places in Montana.

What is the economy of Montana like?

One of the fastest growing economies in the United States, Montana is the leading producer of talc in the nation. Agriculture (including livestock), travel and tourism, timber, and mining are the major industries. Business, finance, insurance and retail comprising the services sector are also important. Montana is also the second-fastest growing US state in oil production.

The unemployment rate of the state in January 2010 was 6.8%.

What are the state symbols of Montana?

  • State Bird:

    The western meadowlark is the official state bird of Montana. It was designated as the state bird in 1931.

  • State Tree:

    Ponderosa Pine was designated the official state tree of Montana in 1949.

  • State Flower:

    The bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) is the official state flower of Montana. It was given the status of the state bird in 1895. Many places in the state, such as the Bitterroot Mountains, the Bitterroot Valley, and the Bitterroot River, owe the origins of their names to the state flower.

  • State Animal:

    The largest carnivore in the United States, the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) is the official state animal of Montana. It was designated the state animal in 1983. Grizzly bears are common in Glacier National Park and are also found in the mountains of northwest Montana.

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