Montana

state of the United States of America

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
State of Montana
Nickname(s): 
Big Sky Country, The Treasure State
Motto(s): 
"Oro y Plata" (Spanish)
"Gold and Silver"
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)
CapitalHelena
Largest cityBillings
Largest metroBillings metropolitan area
Government
 • GovernorSteve Bullock (D)
 • Lieutenant GovernorMike Cooney (D)
LegislatureMontana Legislature
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. senatorsJon Tester (D)
Steve Daines (R)
U.S. House delegationGreg Gianforte (R) (list)
Area
 • 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
Dimensions
 • Length255 mi (410 km)
 • Width630 mi (1,015 km)
Elevation
3,400 ft (1,040 m)
Highest elevation12,807 ft (3,903.5 m)
Lowest elevation1,804 ft (557 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total1,068,778
 • Rank43rd
 • Density7.09/sq mi (2.73/km2)
 • Density rank48th
 • Median household income
$53,386 [5]
 • Income rank
38th
Demonym(s)Montanan
Language
 • Official languageEnglish
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
USPS abbreviation
MT
ISO 3166 codeUS-MT
Trad. abbreviationMont.
Latitude44° 21′ N to 49° N
Longitude104° 2′ W to 116° 3′ W
Websitewww.mt.gov
Montana state symbols
Flag of Montana.svg
Seal of Montana.svg
Living insignia
BirdWestern meadowlark
ButterflyMourning cloak
FishWestslope cutthroat trout
FlowerBitterroot
MammalGrizzly bear
TreePonderosa pine
Inanimate insignia
FossilMaiasaura peeblesorum
GemstoneSapphire, Agate
SloganBig Sky Country
State route marker
Montana state route marker
State quarter
Montana quarter dollar coin
Released in 2007
Lists of United States state symbols

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.

Famous Montana peopleEdit

  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]

PoliticsEdit

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.

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "United States Summary: 2010, Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF) (PDF). United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 41 (Table 18). Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  2. "Area of Montana Counties". Montana.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Geodetic Survey 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Geological Survey 2001.
  5. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  6. James, Jesse. "Famous People Born in Montana". XL Country 100.7. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. "44 notable, famous and infamous people who have called Montana home". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 2020-07-31.