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Montana

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Location of Montana State


Capital: Helena

Population: 1,005,141 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte, Helena

Borders: Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Canada

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $40,422 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including wheat, cattle, sheep, barley, sugar beets, and dairy products
Mining (copper, gold, and coal), paper products, lumber and wood products, printing, and tourism

How Montana got its name: The name Montana is a Spanish word that means mountainous.

Atlas of Montana State
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Montana State Symbols

State Nickname: Treasure State

State Slogan: Big Sky Country

State Motto: Oro y plata (Gold and silver)

State flower: Bitterroot

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State fish: Blackspotted cutthroat trout

State tree: Ponderosa Pine

State mammal: Grizzly bear

State foods: NA

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Friday, November 8, 1889

Number admitted: 41

Prior Name: Montana Territory

Postal Abbreviation: MT

Montana State Map


The Geography of Montana

Total Size: 145,552 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Kootenai River at 1800 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Lincoln (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Granite Peak at 12,799 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Park (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Fergus County approx. 11 miles west of Lewistown (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 56 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Fort Peck Lake, Flathead Lake, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Whitefish Lake, Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Milk River, and Clark Fork River

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Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in Montana.

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