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sprawling mountains and plains, "Big Sky Country"
sparks the imagination with its continued and vivid associations
with the Old West.
populated (with the third lowest population density in the
U.S.) the state's economy is based primarily on farming, cattle
raising, lumber and mining.
is also big in Montana, with millions of visitors annually
attracted to Montana
ski resorts and popular national parks such as the Battle
of Little Bighorn, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.
While jobs in tourism, hotel and hospitality, health care, and other service areas are plentiful in high population areas, they offer some of the lowest wages anywhere within the US. On the upside, housing expenses and cost of living are also comparitively the lowest nationwide.
Montana quality-of-life statistics
Major cities: Helena (capital), Billings, Butte, Bozeman,
Great Falls, Missoula
Population : 944,632
White : 91.1%
Black, African American : 0.4%
Hispanic : 2.4%
High school graduates : 87.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 24.4%
Average household income: $35,574
of Living: Sperling's
Best Places - Montana - Compared to the rest of the
country, Montana's cost of living is 6.29% lower than the
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Montana Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 69.1%
Average home price : $190,351
Average travel time to work : 17.7 minutes
Personal Income Taxes: Montana imposes state taxes at rates from 1 percent to 6.9 percent, ranging over seven income brackets. Residents are required to file state income taxes using Form 2 each year by April 15.
: With a sparse tax base, Montana is a conservative state when it comes to education spending and traditionally maintains some of the lowest ranks in terms of teacher quality and educational output of all 50 states. Also see Montana
Board of Public Education
: Montana's diverse topography generally dictates temperatures
with mountain elevations experiencing far cooler weather
than the eastern plains even in summer.
Northeast Montana is particularly subject to the most extreme
winter weather conditions and heavy snows with temperatures
well below zero.
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