Moving to Montana

Despite Montana's sprawling terrain, it is home to just over one million residents. On average, the population density is about seven people per square mile, providing citizens with plenty of room to roam.
Billings is the largest city with around 110,000 occupants.
Montana is the only state in the nation with a triple divide. Water that flows down the Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park may end up in the Atlantic, Arctic, or Pacific Ocean.
A true frontier country, Montana has a National Bison Range in Moiese where visitors can view wild buffalo in their natural habitat. The state also boasts the highest number of mammal species.
The earliest inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians. Today, the state has seven different Native American reservations. The Flathead Indian Reservation is the largest and spreads throughout four counties.

Geography & Climate

Montana's varied topography includes canyons, forests, plains, mountains, and valleys. It is the fourth largest state in the U.S. by land mass and includes over 147,000 miles of beautiful terrain.
The eastern portion of the state features grassy plains while the west has an abundance of mountains and valleys. Central Montana is home to numerous scenic "island" mountain ranges that offer a great place to escape from everyday life.
Montana can experience unseasonably hot or cold weather throughout the year. Although Montana does experience temperature extremes, these cold and hot spells rarely last for too long.
The state is separated by the Continental Divide, which creates very different climate conditions between the western and eastern regions. In general, climate conditions in the eastern region are more severe with winter temperatures often dipping below freezing.
Summers in both regions are typically warm to hot with residents in the eastern region enjoying more sunny days.

Community & Lifestyle

Residents and tourists can experience Montana's history first hand at several impressive art museums. The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell includes exhibits that highlight local cultures and customs. In Bozeman, the Museum of the Rockies has one of the biggest dinosaur fossil displays in the world.
Due to its low population stats, the majority of cities in Montana have a welcoming, small-town vibe. Bozeman, Whitefish, and Elliston are all considered great places to raise a family.
Montana State University and Carroll College are two popular higher learning institutions. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report voted Carroll College as the Best Regional College in the West. On average, students obtaining their bachelor degree in Montana finish school with around $6,000 less in total debt than the national rate.
Outdoor life in Montana provides an abundance of biodiversity to explore. Residents can take in the stunning sights while participating in their favorite activities including fishing, rafting, and hiking. In the spring months, both Yellowstone and Glacier National Park reserve their roads for bicyclists only, allowing avid cyclists to take in all the scenery safely.
If you are moving to Montana, consider using professional moving services. Hiring a team of skilled movers can take the hassle out of your move. Contact your local moving companies and request a free cost estimate and customer references. Collecting your moving boxes early will give you plenty of time to pack. And don’t forget to make a moving checklist to keep track of all the details.

Jobs & Local Economy

Newcomers to the state will appreciate Montana's low unemployment rate of 3.9%, which is lower than the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
Agriculture is the heart of the state's economy. It is responsible for over 2 billion dollars in annual revenue. Both crops and livestock contribute substantially to this amount.
Healthcare, manufacturing, and mining are other vital industries. Coal and petroleum are the top two mining resources, while petroleum refineries lead the way in manufacturing.
The University of Montana, Billings Clinic, and Malmstrom Air Force Base are a few of the state's top employers.
The cost of living in Montana is slightly higher than the national average.


Moving to Montana also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Glacier National Park

With more than 1,500 square miles of pristine wilderness, this national park offers various outdoor activities that include hiking, camping, and bicycling. Cyclists can roll along the renown Going-to-the Sun Road, which crosses the Continental Divide. Logan's Pass is the highest point of the ride at 6,646 feet above sea level.

Lewis and Clark Trail

Visitors to the trail can retrace the steps of these two famous explorers while trekking through miles of wilderness. Guests can view a variety of plant and animal life that is native to the area. The trail features several important landmarks that help to create a picture of how life in Montana was during the early 1800s.


Located north of Kalispell, the city of Whitefish originated from glacier activity. That activity is still apparent today in the overwhelming amount of lakes and waterways that exist. The area is well known for its outdoor activities including skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort and kayaking adventures along the Flathead River. This cozy resort town features an abundance of quaint shops and restaurants.

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Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

High School or GED

Less than High School

No Schooling

Cities in Montana

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