In the “Treasure State” Montana, natural resources and tourism play an important role economically. Politically, the state is shaped by the Republican.
- Montana is rich in mineral and natural resources.
- The traditionally Republican US state in the northwest provides three electors.
- In terms of area, Montana is almost as big as Germany, but only just under a million people live in the far north-west.
Helena – After Alaska, Texas and California is Montana is the fourth largest state in the USA. At the same time, it is one of the most sparsely populated: only Wyoming and Alaska count fewer inhabitants per square kilometer. The number of electors Montana will provide in the 2020 US election is correspondingly low.
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Montana: Foundation and History
It has been proven that people settled in what is now the region of the US state of Montana more than 10, 000 years ago. Today’s natives probably immigrated from the east and relatively late: The Sioux came to the area around Billings – today’s largest city of Montana – from 1650, the Absarokee only in the 18th century.
The first Europeans reached what is now Montana in 1743. The gold rush began around 1862, drawing thousands of explorers, prospectors and traders to the region. Two years later, Montana became a separate territory. As capital was Bannack chosen. The current ghost town in Bannack State Park was only replaced by Virginia City, in 1875 by Helena. In 1889 Montana became the 41st US state.
Montana: The Key Geographic Facts
Montana is geographically bordered by Canada to the north, North and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and Idaho to the southwest and west. The west is characterized by the rugged mountains of the Rocky Mountains, the east by prairies – the Great Plains.
Montana is famous for the Glacier National Park : the nature reserve in the northwest extends to Canada. The famous Yellowstone and the following national parks are also in Montana:
- Nez Perce National Historical Park
- Big Hole National Battlefield
- Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
- Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
- Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
- Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Montana: Economic sectors and gross domestic product
Montana’s nickname “Treasure State” comes from the numerous natural resources found on the state territory. Most of the mines are now exhausted. Many ceased operations in the 1980s, such as the copper smelter in Anaconda in 1980 and the Butte copper mine in 1983. Today, oil, natural gas and coal deposits are of greater economic importance. They make up much of Montana’s industry. In addition, many residents make a living from agriculture. In the north-east and in the center wheat, maize and barley dominate, in the south cattle and livestock breeding. The northwest is an important area for forest cultivation.
Montana: cities, regions and population
According to COUNTRYAAH.COM, Helena has been the capital, but not the largest, city in Montana since 1875. It has around 31, 000 inhabitants, while the much larger Billings has around 109, 000. The state is also divided into 56 counties, comparable to the local counties. The largest is Yellowstone County in the south.
With just under one million inhabitants, Montana is one of the most populous states in the United States. Immigration and emigration are balanced: Younger people migrate, older people and nature lovers settle in. 89 percent of the population are white, around 6. 6 of indigenous origin, and 4 percent are Latin American. Today 13 indigenous tribes live in the area of Montana, about two thirds in reservations.
Montana: Voting Behavior in the 20th Century
In politics, the state is less important than others: Montana has only three electors in the 2020 US election. They are expected to vote for Donald Trump. In recent history, only Bill Clinton succeeded in getting a majority for the Democrats here in 1992. Nonetheless, Steve Bullock, a Democrat, has held the office of governor of Montana since 2013.