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.

Capital
Helena

Became a State
November 8, 1889 (41st)

Location
Pacific Northwest and Great Plaines of United States

Area
147,042 sq. miles (4th)

Population
989,415 (44th)

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

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

Climate
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

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