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  • This is Montana: Montana: One state with three changing regions (Part 2 of 4)

    Larry Swanson, OConnor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana|Updated Apr 10, 2019

    Most Montanans view their state as being largely rural in character because of its many open, sparsely populated spaces and the lack of any truly large cities. However, in reality Montana is steadily becoming a largely urban state, at least in terms of where most of the state's residents live and work. A key aspect of Montana's growth and change is the steady emergence of its small cities as growing centers of commerce and trade, as well as high quality places to live and...

  • This is Montana Montana: One state with three changing regions

    Larry Swanson, OConnor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana|Updated Mar 13, 2019

    Montana is a single state. But in reality, there are many Montanas – some defined by variations in terrain and vegetation, others by climate and still others by land use and population density. Area economies also vary considerably from one part of Montana to the next. From east to west, the state splits into two vastly different regions, one defined by rolling grasslands stretching across sprawling plains and the other defined by a large number of forested and interconnected...

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