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State Symbols
State SymbolsMontana's symbols represent the plant, animal and mineral specimens that distinguish Montana.FIND OUT MORE


Geography
GeographyThe Continental Divide runs along the crests of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, literally dividing the waters of the North American continent.
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Climate
ClimateMontana's weather is milder than many visitors might expect.
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Education
EducationThe high value placed on education has long been a Montana tradition.
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Government
GovernmentMontana's state government is modeled after the federal government.
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Cities and Counties
Cities and CountiesMontana has 56 counties and 126 incorporated cities and towns.
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Population
PopulationGeographically, Montana is the nation's fourth-largest state, yet Montana is the 48th most densely populated state.
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Math & Science Initiative
The Governor's Math and Science Initiative logoThe Governor and First Lady's Math and Science Initiative invites Montana's youth to discover the many opportunities to learn about science and math in K-12 schools and higher education, find out about careers in science and explore Montana's splendid surroundings.
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Montana Facts

Find out about the most fascinating Montana facts such as the story behind the state's name, how the grizzly bear became the state animal, and the way in which a discovery at Egg Mountain led to the Maiasaur becoming the state fossil.
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Montana Quick Facts

Montana entered the union, officially becoming a state November 8,1889.

The city of Helena became the capital of Montana only after a very suspicious and controversial election.

Montana's diverse geography covers more than 147,000 square miles, making it the fourth largest state in the nation.

Montana is bordered by Idaho on the west, Wyoming to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, and Canada along the state's northern border.

There are a total of 56 counties in Montana.

In terms of its population, Montana is only the 48th most densely populated of the 50 states.

Montana is home to the world's shortest river, the Roe River in Great Falls.

Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. In just a day's time the temperature rose a whopping 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

The highest point in Montana is Granite Peak, located in the Beartooth Range in the Rockies.

Montana has two state gemstones, agate and sapphire.

The state nickname is the "Treasure State." Other nicknames include "Land of Shining Mountains," "Big Sky Country," and "Last Best Place."

 

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