25 Şubat 2013 Pazartesi

Welcome to Montana

Welcome to Montana

"The Treasure State"

Yes, Montana is famous for its cattle, wide-open plains, independent spirit, and Big Sky. What's not so well known: it ranks third in the nation for microbreweries per capita. (Apparently Montana's famous independent streak encompasses its beer choices as well.) Libertarian in spirit, Montana is historically a swing state when it comes to national elections. Since 1889, voters have cast their ballots for Democratic governors 60 percent of the time and Democratic presidents 40 percent of the time (with those percentages flipped for Republican leaders).
Aside from the fully 18 percent claiming no religious affiliation, Montana's people are staunchly Christian. Nevertheless, they tend to adopt a "live and let live" attitude that likely comes with having so much breathing room (the state's population density ranks 28th in the nation). While personal income is low, Montana's economy is growing rapidly. Primarily an agricultural state, Montana's tourism industry plays an increasingly important role. The pristine million-acre Glacier National Park, called the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem," draws almost 2 million visitors a year. Perhaps the state's lack of sales tax provides an additional lure. As for Montana's few year-round residents, for many, this "Last Best Place" remains the next best thing to their own slice of unspoiled heaven.

State Name: Montana
State Nickname: "The Treasure State,"  "Big Sky Country"
State Motto: Oro y plata (Spanish for "Gold and silver") 
Name for Residents: Montanan
Abbreviation: MT
Time Zone: Mountain, GMT/UTC -7 / -6 (Daylight Savings Time)
Capital City: Helena
Date of Statehood: November 8, 1889
Statehood Rank: 41st State
Area: 147,165 square miles (381,156 km²)
Area Rank: 4 of 50
Number of Counties: 56
State Population: 967,440 (2008 estimate)
Largest Cities:
    Billings - 103,994 (2008)
    Missoula - 57,053 (2000)
    Great Falls - 56,690 (2000)
Major Rivers:
    Missouri River - Length: 2,540 mi (4,090 km)
    Milk River - Length: 729 mi (1,173 km)
    Yellowstone River - Length: 692 mi (1,114 km)
Highest Point: Granite Peak, 12,807 ft (3,904 m)
Lowest Point: Kootenai River, 1,800 ft (549 m)
Bordering States and Countries:
    Canada (North)
    North Dakota (East)
    South Dakota (Southeast)   
    Wyoming (South)
    Idaho (West and Southwest)
Record High Temperature:
    117°F (47°C)
    July 5, 1937 at Medicine Lake
Record Low Temperature:
    -70°F (-57°C)
    January 20, 1954 at Rogers Pass 
State Flag
Montana State Flag
State Seal
Montana State Seal
State Location Map
Montana Location Map
State Only Map
Author: World Trade Press

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