3 Things You Need to Know about Montana

Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States. Like every other state in the region, it is cut in half by the Great Plains region and the Rocky Mountains. This variable landscape has given way to one of its more famous nicknames, “Big Sky Country,” while its actual name comes from the Spanish Montaña, meaning mountain.

Josephine Lake, Montana

 

When you are looking for Montana ranches for sale, you are going to have a hard time figuring out just where you want to locate your property. The following are a few facts about the state to help you look at your options and make your decision.

The State Is Almost Entirely Rural

Montana has about twice as many people as the least populous state in the country, Wyoming, with just over a million people. However, with so much land area, the state itself is sparsely populated. In fact, it is the third least densely populated state in the country.

The Cities

The five largest cities are spread throughout the western and central parts of the state, with the largest city, Billings, located in the south-central area. When you are looking for a place to ranch, you can consider the fact that Montana’s major settlements are very spread out, which gives you a good pick of locations if you want to live near the larger cities. The cities are mostly in the Rocky Mountains area of the state, given that it experienced huge amounts of growth from the gold rush.

The Culture

The state is mostly concentrated on the Great Plains cowboy culture. There is also significant influence of the Old West due to the state being one of the locations of the Gold Rush in the 1800s. Finally, there is some Native American influence due to the fact that they make up a significant portion of the state’s population.

The Economy

Montana’s economy is heavily concentrated on agriculture, and ranching is a major industry. Looking for Montana ranches for sale can definitely give you a good start to the ranching life, thanks to the big market for beef coming out of the state. Apart from that, tourism is a major industry thanks to Montana’s scenic beauty and variable landscape.

The Geography

Speaking of the landscape, most of Montana’s ranching industry is spread throughout the state, but it is most likely to be located in and around the Great Plains region in the state’s eastern two-thirds. Given that towns are few and far between, there is plenty of land to establish a ranch. The western third of the state is dominated by the Rocky Mountains, which has many beautiful glaciers and plenty of mineral wealth.

The Big Sky Country

Montana is well-known for being a huge, sparsely populated state with natural beauty that is unparalleled by any other state. Montana ranches for sale are almost guaranteed to come with a beautiful view simply because it is impossible to miss a view in the Big Sky Country. If you are looking for a ranch for sale, you should consider settling down in this state that has a great reputation and easy lifestyle.

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Posted on January 13, 2017, in Ranches for Sale. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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