Montana Population: One of 7 States to Grow More than 1% in 2021

People have loved Montana for a long time. Centuries before the white man arrived, indigenous people were raising their families in the harsh winters and hot summers of what would eventually become the 41st state. Early fur trappers and traders were drawn to Big Sky Country, followed by the gold rush, settlers, trains, and the land grab of the early 1900s. Most new arrivals came to seek fortune or a new life in the wild, wild west.

Townsquare MediaBack then, they came West for money. Now, you’d better bring your money.

Most of the early arrivals to Montana didn’t come out West to live the #vanlife or for the skiing, fly fishing, and perfect Instagram backdrops. They didn’t come out west to live the easy life or work-from-home, or because they were “just ready for a change.” Most came for job opportunities and the dream of a new life. A dream that came with tons of hard work, in an unforgiving environment that often led to an early coffin. In 1900, you were lucky to live past 50.

18,078 people moved to the Treasure State in one year.

An infographic shared by Montana Public Radio (above) notes that Montana was one of just seven states to experience population growth

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