Montana, Big Sky Country, was admitted to the United States in 1889 as the 41st state.
Montana is in the western region of the U.S. with North and South Dakota to the east and Idaho to the west.
Montana is the 4th largest state in the U.S. but one of the least populated. Billings is the only city with a population greater than 100,000. Helena is the capital city. Much of Montana's topography is part of the Great Plains. But spectacular mountain ranges cover the western third and the south central part of the state.
Montana's climate is as varied as its geography. The eastern plains can be hot in the summer but evenings are typically cool and pleasant. Winters can be extremely cold whether your are on the plains or in the mountains. Average annual precipitation is below average but some areas in the mountains can receive 100 inches of rain annually.
Montana is an industry leader in agriculture, lumber and mining. Montana is a moderate tax state with state income tax but no sales tax.
Montana is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Montana videos.