Despite being the U.S.’s fourth-largest state, Montana is only the 44th most populated. To the west of the state sprawl large mountain ranges (its name derives from montaña, the Spanish word for mountain), and to the east are the badlands and plains. It initially became a popular state for settlement and mining due to its abundance of copper, coal, lead, silver, zinc, and oil. In fact, at one point, it was supplying the country with half of its copper.

Nowadays, it’s an agricultural hub with rye, oats, barley, wheat fields, and numerous animal ranches. Montana’s vast, open spaces and more rural mindset make it an ideal place for small business owners. You can leave the hustle and bustle of a large city behind but still take advantage of the small business benefits the state offers.

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