Montana Real Estate
Oh, Big Sky Country, one of the or anywhere on this earth most beautiful states in America
Montana Real Estate
Many Montanans pride themselves on their strong spirit of community, their relationship with Mother Nature, and their unbreakable bond to a land made of wide-open prairies, spectacular mountains with snow-capped peaks, scenic ranch towns, and glorious, blue skies. No matter how many times a person has lived here or visited, there’s no end to Yellowstone’s mesmerizing effect, its wondrous canyons and gushing geysers, the incredible limestone caves of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, or the mystical song of the Ringing Rocks. Not to mention, some of the most fabulous skiing anywhere and 700 miles of magnificent hiking trails from wildflower meadows, to evergreen forests, to rushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. And then, of course, there’s urban Montana, with its vibrant art scenes and architectural beauties. The natural and urban jewels of this place are boundless, and their gifts are the kind that keep on giving, from sunrise to sundown and beyond.
Things to Do in Montana
According to the Great Falls Tribune, Montana was the 4th state in the country to create a Department of Outdoor Recreation, and eight out of every ten Montanans are involved in some type of outdoor recreation or sport. These stats illustrate the amazing outdoor recreation environment of Montana. In fact, there are people from all over the country who fly in to the Great Falls airport to discover what it’s like to take a true outdoor adventure.
Whether a person is a hunter, angler, mountain biker, hiker or birder, Montana offers unique access to land and water that do not exist elsewhere in quite the same way.
Some not-to-miss annual events include the Winter Carnival, a two-day celebration hosted by Red Lodge Mountain Resort that draws thousands of revelers to the picturesque vacation town, and the Cardboard Classic Parade, in which live music takes over the mountain. And in the realm of local culinary delights, meat lovers can easily find wild game menus throughout the Big Sky State, while cowboy beans and Indian fry bread are usually not too far away, along with chuckwagon cookouts.
History of Montana
History of Montana
The name Montana is originally from the Spanish montaña, which means mountain or mountainous region. And what an apt name it is. Yellowstone National Park, located, in part, in southern Montana, was the first national park established in the United States. The fourth largest U.S. state by area, Montana is also one of the country’s least densely populated states, with an average of just six people per square mile.
This gorgeous state has an average elevation of 3,400 feet and is home to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, which memorializes the historic 1876 battle between the Sioux tribe and U.S. Army, often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand.
The first inhabitants and frequent visitors of the area were Native American tribes, which include the Crows in the south central region, the Cheyenne in the southeastern part of the state, the Blackfeet, Assiniboine, and Gros Ventres in the central and north-central areas, and the Kootenai and Salish in the western sector. The Pend d'Oreille were found around Flathead Lake, and the Kalispel occupied the western mountains.
The first group of white explorers to cross Montana was The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. Next, the fur trappers and traders arrived, bringing with them. alcohol, disease, and a new economic system to native populations. After the 1840’s, Roman Catholic missionaries established Saint Mary's Mission in the Bitterroot Valley, which is widely believed to have been the first permanent settlement in Montana. The missionaries promoted agriculture and built a sawmill.
The discovery of gold brought prospectors into the area in the 1860s, and Montana followed a nonlinear path to statehood when it became a territory in 1864. The almost instantaneous pouring in of people led to boomtowns that exploded and then shrank just as quickly when the gold dried up.
As more white people came into the area, tribes lost access to their traditional hunting lands, and after 1870, open-range cattle enterprises formed across the high plains, followed by 1880s railroads, criss-crossing the territory. Finally, Montana became a state in 1889, at around the same time that hardrock mining also began. The passage of the Enlarged Homestead Act in 1909 enabled tens of thousands of homestead farmers coming into the state to claim land. Then, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal brought post-war relief to the state in the form of architectural and engineering feats, like the building of Fort Peck Dam.
After 1945, Montana shifted from relying on the extraction of natural resources to an economy that is service-based, and agriculture became Montana's mainstay. After 1970, tourism became the state's second-largest industry, as the state's transportation system finished pivoting from railroads to cars, trucks, and highways.
With a population of 1.03 million, Montana is fourth biggest state in the country in terms of size only, but its low and spread-out population statistics are a testament to its landscape and geography: for every square mile of land, there is an average of just 6.86 people in this sprawling and gorgeous area.
In terms of age, Missoula and Bozeman are home to a concentrated population of people in their twenties. 19% and 21% of their populations, respectively, are twenty-somethings, compared to 14% nationally, and it’s because of their flagship state universities and high rates of in-migration, Rural Montana counties, on the other hand, usually have gaps when it comes to young adults. For example, in Teton County, northwest of Great Falls, only 9% of residents are in their twenties. In Granite County, 21% of residents are in their sixties, by contrast. And still by greater contrast, Montana counties that overlap with American Indian reservations typically have more children; in Glacier County, which runs through Cut Bank and most of the Blackfeet Reservation, almost 19% of residents are under 10. As a comparison, nationally that number is 13%.
Climate and Weather
Climate and Weather
Separated by the Continental Divide, the eastern and western regions of Montana experience really different climates. In general, both regions of the state tend to be hot and dry in summer, and cold with snow in winter. However, because of the Divide, the western regions typically have a milder climate than the east, with milder winters, cooler summers, and less harsh winds. In the western parts, the rainfall is also more evenly distributed throughout the year. On average, the east tends to have less humidity than the west,in addition to enjoying more sunny days. Chinook winds in the east frequently give some respite from the cold Montana winters with their warm, windy spells, which can last for a few days at a time. From November to March, Montanans throughout the state see the heaviest snowfall. Mountain trails close during the winter because of intense cold, as they gather vast amounts of snowfall – often up to 300 inches, and most cities receive an annual average of 30 to 50 inches. Though usually pretty light, rainfall comes between May and July, with an average annual rainfall of 15 inches.
January is the coldest month, while in June the temperature hovers at around a perfect 70F.
With 429 total school districts, Montana has 435 elementary schools, 217 middle schools, and 171 high schools. Altogether there are around 823 schools, and the Montana University System collectively enrolls over 40,000 students across 16 Montana colleges and universities.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the two largest universities in the state, Montana State University and the University of Montana, offer some of the most innovative agriculture and wildlife studies degree programs.
MSU is also ranked among the top public universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, and earned the top Montana spot in quite a few categories in College Factuals, including best psychology bachelor’s degree school; best liberal arts/sciences and humanities school; best biological and biomedical sciences school;and best liberal arts general studies school.
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Montana Real Estate
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Montana Real Estate
Musings From A Montanan
Life in Montana is steeped in the rich history of the American West and was made by and for hard workers, big dreamers, and roaming spirits. If that doesn’t explain the advantages of Montana real estate, there’s another side to this land that will strike and inspire you with awe – the breathtaking sunsets. You haven’t seen a sunset until you’ve gaze at the wide, Montana sky painted a luscious orange, while you stand there (with your jaw on the floor) and dream of the western adventures and sights of your days here. Only then will you truly understand why they call Montana Big Sky Country.
High value at a low cost
Major upside and appreciation potential
Montana offers ideal terrain
Successful business culture that favors business growth
Wonderful communities to live
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