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Montana Almanac

The Montana Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Montana.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Montana. M, Vol. 13. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 748. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union November 8, 1889, [ Find out more... ]
Capital Helena, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Land of Shining Mountains, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Oro y Plata, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 147,046 square miles Rank among states 4th
Land area 145,556 square miles Rank among states 4th
Water area 1,490 square miles Rank among states 26th
Greatest distance East to West 449 miles
Greatest distance North to South 321 miles
Highest point 12,799 feet (Granite Peak) Rank among states 10th
Lowest point 1,800 feet (Kootenai River) Rank among states 46th
Mean elevation 3,400 feet Rank among states 8th
Highest recorded temperature 117 degrees on July 5, 1937 at Medicine Lake
Lowest recorded temperature -70 degrees on January 20, 1954 at Rogers Pass
Highest monthly average temperature 86.6 degrees Rank among states 30th
Lowest monthly average temperature 8.1 degrees Rank among states 8th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 15 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
902,195 Rank among states 44th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
6.20 Rank among states 48th
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red.

Blue designates that the city and county share the same government and boundries.
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Billings 89,847 6. Helena 25,780
2. Missoula 57,053 7. Kalispell 14,223
3. Great Falls 56,690 8. Havre 9,621
4. Butte-Silver Bow 34,606 9. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 9,417
5. Bozeman 27,509 10. Miles City 8,487
Median age 33.8
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 73.93 Rank among states 24th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,790.0 Rank among states 31st
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 177.5 Rank among states 47th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 4,612.5 Rank among states 22nd
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$22,518 Rank among states 46th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$19,639 Rank among states 46th
Median household income (1993) $26,470 Rank among states 42nd

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Montana Almanac

Montana Almanac, by Andrea Merrill-Maker. 384 pages. Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 2nd edition (December 1, 2005)

Montana Almanac is an indispensable fact book that should grace the shelves of every Montana household.

Completely revised and updated, the second edition is just as fact-packed and fascinating as the first, and offers a few more surprises for even the most knowledgable Montanaphile. Photographs, charts, maps, illustrations, and a handy index put this wealth of information about the Treasure State at your fingertips.

Encyclopedia of Montana

Encyclopedia of Montana, by Nancy Capace. 315 pages. Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc. (December 2000)

The Encyclopedia of Montana contains detailed information on Montana: Symbols and Designations, Geography, Archaeology, State History, Local History on individual cities, towns and counties, Chronology of Historic Events in the State, Profiles of Governors, Political Directory, State Constitution, Bibliography of books about the state and an Index.

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