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Montana is a state in the northwestern United States. Montana has several nicknames, although none are official, including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently "The Last Best Place". Montana is the 4th largest in area, the 8th least populous, and the 3rd least densely populated of the 50 states. The western half of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller island ranges are found throughout the state. In total, 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains. The eastern half of Montana is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands. Montana is bordered by Idaho to the west, Wyoming to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to the north.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 47° N — Longitude: 110° W

Area: 380,800 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-MT

Birthplace of

Bruce L. Benson, Bruce L. Benson, in Havre, on 18 Mar 1949

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Montana | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 17, fiscal policy rank: 7, regulatory policy rank: 30, personal freedom rank: 21, economic freedom rank: 20
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 53


The Economics of Errant Entrepreneurs, by Israel Kirzner, The Freeman, Aug 1987
Discusses whether entrepreneurial error, that is, unsuccessful, unprofitable entrepreneurs provide some benefits to society, compared to the benefits derived from successful ones
Ms. Shaw cites a spiffy and charming new restaurant in Bozeman, Montana, serving gourmet seafood. She judged the venture to be "outlandishly extravagant and probably foolhardy," and suspects that the opportunity she enjoys of contemplating blackened red snapper in a pleasurable setting may turn out to be expensive for the restaurateurs, but is grateful for the opportunity nonetheless ... But, she concludes, "Bozeman's experience suggests that an endless succession of businesses can operate without profits—as long as there are romantic optimists to take up where the disillusioned leave off."
Related Topics: Capitalism, Entrepreneurship

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Montana" as of 1 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.