Montana Facts

Montana Facts
Montana is a state in the Western United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña - which means mountain. See the fact file below for more information about Montana.
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Became a State
November 8, 1889 (41st)

Pacific Northwest and Great Plaines of United States

147,042 sq. miles (4th)

989,415 (44th)

Major Cities
Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Boseman, Helene

wheat, sugar beets, cattle ranching, gold, silver, copper, coal, oil, lumber

equally varied between continental climate, which is warmer winter and summer, and Pacific coast climate with milder winters, cooler summers

Yearly Precipitation
averages 15 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sport teams

Major Waterways
Yellowstone River, Clark Fork River, Missouri River

Most Famous Citizens
Gary Cooper (actor)
Chet Huntley (journalist)
Myrna Loy (actress)
Sacajawea (Indian guide)
Evel Kniewel (daredevil motorcyclist)

State Symbols
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Bitterroot
Animal – Grizzly Bear
Tree – Ponderosa Pine