Wednesday, 5 October 2011



Montana is a state in the Western United States. Montana covers 147,046 square miles, making it the fourth largest of the 50 states right after Alaska, Texas, and California.



Flag: Within the seal, a plow, shovel, and pick rest in a field in front of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. The ribbon contains the state motto, "Oro y plata" (Spanish for: "Gold and silver"). The current flag was adopted in 1905, and the word "Montana" above the seal was added in 1981. In 1985, the flag was again modified to specify the font used in "Montana.

Tree: ponderosa pine (1949)

Stones: sapphire and agate (1969)

Bird: Western meadowlark (1981)

The meadowlark was chosen as the State bird of Montana in 1930 by a vote of the school children of the state.

Butterfly: Mourning Cloak

Fish: Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout

United States quarter dollar - Montana 2007

Flower: bitterroot (1895)
The bitterroot was selected to be the Montana State Flower on February 27, 1895. Three major geographic features, the Bitterroot Mountains, the Bitterroot Valley and the Bitterroot River, owe the origins of their names to this flower.

Grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass

Mammal: Grizzly Bear

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), also known as the silvertip bear, the grizzly, or the North American brown bear, is a subspecies of brown bear that generally lives in the uplands of western North America

Seal: Great Seal of the State of Montana
Song: “Montana” (1945)


Origin of name: From the Spanish word meaning “mountain.”
Nickname: Treasure State
Slogan: Big Sky Country

10 largest cities (2005): Billings, 98,721; Missoula, 62,923; Great Falls, 56,338; Bozeman, 33,535; Butte-Silver Bow,1 32,282; Helena, 27,383; Kalispell, 18,480; Havre, 9,390; Anaconda–Deer Lodge County, 8,948; Miles City, 8,162

Land area: 145,552 sq mi. (376,980 sq km)
Geographic center: In Fergus Co., 11 mi. W of Lewistown
Number of counties: 56
Residents: Montanan

2005 resident population est.: 935,67
Male: 449,480 (49.8%); Female: 452,715 (50.2%).
White: 817,229 (90.6%);
Black: 2,692 (0.3%);
American Indian: 56,068 (6.2%);
Asian: 4,691 (0.5%);
Other race: 5,315 (0.6%);
Two or more races: 15,730 (1.7%);

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