Around one million people live in the US state of Montana on an area of 380,000 km². This roughly corresponds to the area of Norway. Montana is located in the Northwest of the USA and has been nicknamed the “Treasure State” due to the many mineral resources that can be found here.
- Liuxers: List of Federal school codes for educational institutions located in Montana. Includes FAFSA codes in the state of Montana.
The US state of Montana
Hiking through the mountains of Montana
The capital is called Helena and has only about 28,000 inhabitants. Mining and agriculture are important to the region, and the city is Montana’s commercial and administrative center.
Its neighbors to the north are the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Idaho is to the west, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, and Wyoming to the south.
Western Montana consists of high, rugged mountains, the Rocky Mountains, while the east is characterized by wide plains, the so-called Great Plains. Montana is home to Glacier National Park and part of Yellowstone National Park. Thus, in the summer, nature hikes in Montana are one of the most impressive ways to get to know this very large state in the USA.
The Missouri River, Milk River, Flathead River, and Yellowstone River are the four main rivers. The world’s shortest river, the Roe River, which is only about 200 feet (61 meters) short, is also in Montana.
The population figures are rounded and come from the year 2010. Most of the inhabitants live in smaller towns and villages. 90% of them are white, about 6% descendants of the Indians and about 3% Latinos can be found here.
- Billings 104,000
- Missoula 67,000
- Great Falls 59,000
- Bozeman 37,000
- Butte 34,000
Climate and weather conditions
The climate in eastern Montana is quite mixed and cooler in winter than in the west. In summer, on the other hand, it is somewhat warmer in the eastern half. Montana is divided by a kind of weather divide, similar to other regions that have a mountain range in the country, such as Peru. The annual mean temperature is only around 5.6 °C, with seasonal fluctuations being greater in the east than in the west. Due to the usually quite severe winters, most of Montana’s rivers and lakes are frozen over in winter.
This favors winter sports such as ice skating, curling and ice hockey, which the residents like to pursue at this time. The coldest month is usually January, when, as in Central Europe, it can drop below zero degrees. In August it is midsummer, the temperatures here climb to over 30 degrees Celsius.
As in Central Europe, the best travel time for us is between May and September. On a trip through the USA you can relax in Montana and enjoy nature to the fullest.