Montana Facts


Montana Location In The US Montana State Map

Montana is known for:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Bighorn Mountains
  • Wildlife
  • Sapphires
  • Rich deposits of minerals, particularly copper, gold, and silver

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation MT
State Capital Helena
State Size Total (Land + Water): 147,042 sq miles; Land Only: 145,552 sq miles
Number of Counties 56
Time Zone Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
Highest PointGranite Peak, 12,807 feet
Tallest Building First Interstate Center in Billings, 272 feet
Largest StadiumWashington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, capacity 25,200
National ParksGlacier National Park
State Population (2020)1,084,225
State Population Density7.4 people / square mile
Area Codes 406
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Billings (109,736)
Missoula (76,848)
Great Falls (58,353)
Bozeman (50,970)
Butte-Silver Bow (35,180)

Government & Legislature

Statehood November 8, 1889
Electoral Votes4
State Flag Montana State Flag
GovernorOfficial Montana Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Montana
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Montana
State SenatorsList of Montana State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Montana State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionMontana State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateNovember 19, 2014
Road ConditionsMontana Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 29, 2007

State Symbols

State BalladMontana Melody
State Bird Western meadowlark
State ButterflyMourning cloak
State FishWestslope cutthroat trout
State Flower Bitterroot
State FossilDuck-billed dinosaur
State GemSapphire and agate
State GrassBluebunch wheatgrass
State MammalGrizzly bear
State Motto Oro y plata (Gold and silver)
State Nickname Treasure State
State SongMontana
State Tree Ponderosa pine

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of Montana (Big Sky)
Montana State University (Big Sky)

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Montana. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Whitefish Winter Carnival February White Fish
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks June to September Various cities in Montana
Lewis and Clark Festival Late June to early July Great Falls
Big Sky Country State Fair July Bozeman
Big Sky Balloon Rally July Billings
Montana Folk Festival July Butte
Red Ants Pants Music Festival July White Sulphur Springs
Bigfork Festival of the Arts August Bigfork
Crow Fair August Crow Agency
Huckleberry Festival August Trout Creek
Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous August Lewistown

Popular Iconic Montana Foods

Montana is famous for the following foods:

  • Huckleberries
  • Bison burgers
  • Flathead Cherries
  • Wheat Montana Cinnamon Roll
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters
  • Elk Burger
  • Pasties
  • Montana Trout

Famous People Born In Montana

Nobel Prize Winners

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Jerry Kramer (Offensive Guard. Inducted in 2018)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Denise Curry (Forward. Inducted in 1997)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Gary Cooper
  • Patrick Duffy
  • David Lynch

Montana Fun Facts

  • Montana's name is derived from the Spanish word "montaña" meaning "mountainous."
  • Montana is the only state in the United States to share land border with three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
  • Montana is home to the hydrological apex of North America on Triple Divide Peak. From this spot, water flows to three oceans: Hudson Bay (Arctic), Gulf of Mexico (Atlantic), and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jeannette Rankin of Missoula, Montana, was the first woman elected to the United States Congress. On November 9, 1969, she was elected to the House of Representatives.
  • The coldest temperature on record for the contiguous United States was -70°F (-57°C) recorded on January 20, 1954, in Rogers Pass, Montana.
  • The largest snowflake ever observed was 15 inches wide. It was recorded at Fort Keogh, Montana, on January 28, 1887.
  • The Montana city of Loma holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. On January 14-15, 1972, the temperature rose from -54°F to 49°F, a change of 103°F.
  • Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the United States.
  • In Montana, it is illegal ro pretend to abuse an animal in the presence of a minor.

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