Montana is ranked on the 4th position with an area of 147,040 square miles. With a population of 1,023,579 the state is 44th most populous. The state has few nicknames: “Big Sky Country”, “The Treasure State”, “Land of the Shining Mountains”. The landmarks of the state represent: “Museum of the Rockies”, “Glacier National Park” and “Big Sky Resort”.
The largest institution is “University of Montana”. There are located three private, non–profit colleges: “Caroll College”, “Rocky Mountain College” and “University of Great Falls”.
The total state product estimated in 2013 was $44 billion and per capita personal income was $39,366, ranking 35th in the nation. The economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. Montana is ranked 3rd in the nation in number of craft breweries per capita in 2011. Other important economic activities include gas, oil, lumber, coal and hard rock mining and tourism. Representing one of the most important sectors in the state, tourism is developing really fast, with over ten million visitors a year to Flathead Lake, the Missouri River headwaters etc. Personal income tax is ranking from 1 percent to 6.9 percent. The state has no sales tax and households in Montana are exempt from property taxes. However, the property taxes are assessed on livestock, farm machinery, heavy equipment, automobiles, trucks and business equipment. There are important industries for lumber and mineral extraction and the state’s resources include gold, coal, silver, talc, and vermiculite. The cost of living in Montana is more expensive than the US average. More than 14 thousand millionaires live in the state.
In Montana are located a lot of pawnbrokers that will could buy your gold or silver, and many diamond shops that deal with many different shapes of diamond jewelry.