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Montana

From antelope-speckled, short grass prairies in the east to snow-capped mountain ranges and free-flowing rivers in the west, it’s no wonder Montana has been dubbed “the last best place.” Inspiring landscapes and easy-going, friendly towns combine to form Montana’s six distinct regions. 

In fact, Montana has several nicknames, none official, including: "The Treasure State" and "Big Sky Country", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place". 

The state ranks fourth in area, but 44th in population, and accordingly has the third-lowest population density in the United States. 

Montana is well known for its mountainous western region, most of which is part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. About 60% of the state is prairie, part of the northern Great Plains.

The economy is primarily based on services, with ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining in the east, and lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west.  Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Montana's total state product in 2003 was $26 billion. 

Montana is a hub of beer microbrewing, ranking third in the nation in number of craft breweries per capita. 

Montana's personal income tax contains 7 brackets, with rates ranging from 1% to 6.9%. Montana has no sales tax.

Water Bodies

  • Alvord Lake
  • Arrastra Creek
  • Arrow Creek
  • Ashley Lake
  • Basin Creek
  • Beaverhead River
  • Belt Creek
  • Big Hole River
  • Big Muddy Creek
  • Big Sandy Creek
  • Big Sky Lake
  • Birch Creek
  • Bitterroot River
  • Blackfoot River
  • Blanchard Lake
  • Boulder River
  • Bowman Lake
  • Bull Lake
  • Canyon Ferry Lake
  • Clark Fork
  • Clark Fork River
  • Clearwater River
  • Cosley Lake
  • Cow Creek
  • Crystal Lake
  • Cut Bank Creek
  • Dearborn River
  • Dickey Lake
  • Dry Wolf Creek
  • Duck Lake
  • Dupuyer Creek
  • East Gallatin River
  • Echo Lake
  • Fisher River
  • Flathead Lake
  • Flathead Lake
  • Flathead River
  • Flathead River
  • Fort Peck Lake
  • Fort Peck Lake
  • Gallatin River
  • Georgetown Lake
  • Glen Lake
  • Hauser Lake
  • Hauser Lake
  • Hebgen Lake
  • Hebgen Lake
  • Holland Lake
  • Holter Lake
  • Jack Creek
  • Jefferson River
  • Jette Lake
  • Jocko River
  • Judith River
  • Kintla Lake
  • Kootenai River
  • Lake Blaine
  • Lake Bowdoin
  • Lake Elwell
  • Lake Five
  • Lake Koocanusa
  • Lake Mary Ronan
  • Lake McDonald
  • Lake Sherburne
  • Lindbergh Lake
  • Logging Lake
  • Loon Lake
  • Madison River
  • Marias River
  • McGregor Lake
  • Medicine Lake
  • Middle Thompson Lake
  • Milk River
  • Milnor Lake
  • Missouri River
  • Missouri River
  • Montana Lake
  • Mud Creek
  • Musselshell River
  • North Fork Musselshell River
  • Noxon Reservoir
  • Painted Rocks Lake
  • Peck Lake
  • Poplar River
  • Powder River
  • Red Rock River
  • Redwater River
  • Rock Creek
  • Roe River
  • Rogers Mountain Lake
  • Ruby River
  • Sacagawea River
  • Saint Mary Lake
  • Salmon Lake
  • Seeley Lake
  • Shields River
  • Silver Lake
  • Sixteen Mile Creek
  • Slough Creek
  • Smith River
  • Snow Ponds
  • Sophie Lake
  • South Fork Musselshell River
  • Spoon Lake
  • St. Mary River
  • St. Regis River
  • Stewart Lake
  • Stillwater River
  • Sun River
  • Swan Lake
  • Swan River
  • Sweet Grass Creek
  • Teton River
  • Tetrault Lake
  • Thompson River
  • Tobacco River
  • Tongue River
  • Twin Lakes Creek
  • Two Medicine Lake
  • Two Medicine River
  • Vermillion River
  • Warm Springs Creek
  • Waterton Lake
  • Whitefish Lake
  • Whitefish River
  • Willow Creek
  • Wise River
  • Yaak River
  • Yellowstone River

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