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Montana {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is a state in the Western United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, although none official,{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} including "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently "The Last Best Place".{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} Montana is ranked 4th in size, but 44th in population and 48th in population density of the 50 United States. The western third 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 economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. Other significant economic activities include oil, gas, coal and hard rock mining, lumber, and the fastest-growing sector, tourism.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The health care, service, and government sectors also are significant to the state's economy.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Yellowstone National Park.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

Montana sections
Intro  Etymology and naming history  Geography  History  Demographics  Economy  Culture  Education  Sports  Recreation  Health  Media  Transportation  Law and government  Politics  Cities and towns  State symbols  See also  References  Bibliography  Further reading  External links  

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