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US State
Nickname"Big Sky Country", "The Treasure State"
Motto"Oro y Plata" (Spanish: Gold and Silver)
Official languagesEnglish
Largest cityBillings
Largest metro areaBillings Metropolitan Area
Area Ranked4th
Total147042 sq mi 381156 km2
Width630 mi 1015 km
Length255 mi 410 km
% water1
Pop. Rank44th
Total(2010) 989,415
Highest pointGranite Peak
12807 ft 3903 m
Mean3396 ft 1035 m
Lowest pointKootenai River
1800 ft 549 m
Other information
Admission to UnionNovember 8, 1889 (41st)
GovernorBrian Schweitzer (D)
Lieutenant GovernorJohn Bohlinger (R)
LegislatureMontana Legislature
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsMax Baucus (D)
Jon Tester (D)
U.S. House delegationDenny Rehberg (R)
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/DST-6

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Montana c-enaudio=en-us-Montana.oggmɒnˈtænə is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller, "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word (mountain). 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. 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.

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