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State of Montana
Flag of MontanaOfficial seal of Montana
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Anthem: Montana
Map of the United States with Montana highlighted
Map of the United States with Montana highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodMontana Territory
Admitted to the UnionNovember 8, 1889 (41st)
Largest cityBillings
Largest metroBillings metropolitan area
 • GovernorGreg Gianforte (R)
 • Lieutenant GovernorKristen Juras (R)
LegislatureMontana Legislature
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. senatorsJon Tester (D)
Steve Daines (R)
U.S. House delegationMatt Rosendale (R) (list)
 • Total147,040[1] sq mi (380,800 km2)
 • Land145,552[2] sq mi (145,552 square miles (376,980 km2) km2)
 • Water1,491 sq mi (3,862 km2)  1%
Area rank4th
3,400 ft (1,040 m)
Highest elevation12,807 ft (3,903.5 m)
Lowest elevation1,804 ft (557 m)
 • Total1,068,778
 • Rank43rd
 • Density7.09/sq mi (2.73/km2)
 • Density rank48th
 • Median household income
$53,386 [5]
 • Income rank
Demonym(s)Template:Pluralize from text
 • Official languageEnglish
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
USPS abbreviation
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ISO 3166 codeUS-MT
Trad. abbreviationMont.
Latitude44° 21′ N to 49° N
Longitude104° 2′ W to 116° 3′ W
Montana State symbols
Flag of Montana.svg
The Flag of Montana.

Seal of Montana.svg
The Seal of Montana.

Animate insignia
Bird(s) Western meadowlark
Butterfly Mourning cloak
Fish Westslope cutthroat trout
Flower(s) Bitterroot
Mammal(s) Grizzly bear
Tree Ponderosa pine

Inanimate insignia
Fossil Maiasaura peeblesorum
Gemstone Sapphire, Agate
Slogan(s) Big Sky Country

Route marker(s)
Montana Route Marker

State Quarter
Quarter of Montana
Released in 2007

Lists of United States state insignia

Montana is a state in the United States. Its capital is Helena, and the largest city is Billings. Montana has many mountains in the western half of the state. Most of the eastern part of the state is prairie.

Montana and Canada share a 545-mile (877-km) part of the world's longest undefended (which means there are no soldiers or armies on either side) border. The state borders the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, more provinces than any other U.S. state.

To the east of Montana is North Dakota; to the southeast is a short border with South Dakota. In the south is Wyoming, and on the west and southwest is Idaho.

The first people to settle in Montana were Native Americans.

Famous Montana people

  1. Former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield
  2. Jeanette Rankin, first female member of US Congress
  3. Burton K. Wheeler, a progressive senator who was Robert LaFollette´s running mate in the 1924 presidential election
  4. Film director David Lynch, four-time Academy Award nominee
  5. Lones Wigger, three-time Olympic medal winner and who at one point held 29 world records
  6. Phil Jackson, born in Deer Lodge, Montana, won NBA titles eleven times
  7. Katie Blair, model, actress and winner of multiple beauty pageants
  8. Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers[6]
  9. Charles Lindbergh, political activist[7]


At one point, Montana was liberal in federal elections and conservative in state elections. Today, the opposite is true. Although Montana is very conservative in presidential elections (it has not voted for a Democrat since 1964), it is more liberal than most states in the upper Rocky Mountains region. As one example of this, Montana is represented by one Democrat and one Republican in the Senate. There are no Democratic senators from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota or South Dakota. The Montana House of Representatives, which has 100 members, includes 58 Republicans and 42 Democrats, making it more liberal than any state legislature in Wyoming or Idaho.

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