The Montana Business Landscape

An astounding 98 percent of Montanans say outdoor recreation is important to their quality of life. Montana’s outdoor spaces—amazing, unmatched resources including approximately 38 million acres of public land, 170,000 miles of rivers, 3,200 named lakes, and habitat that spans mountain peaks to prairie wilderness—are part of our national identity, and the backdrop for opportunity.

Those open spaces are good business. Montana’s Outdoor Recreation Industry accounts for $7.1 billion in consumer spending and more than 71,000 jobs—the 2nd largest sector of the state’s economy. It’s not just revenues or jobs, either. Montana’s natural landscapes define a lifestyle that attracts and fuels thriving businesses from all sectors—which makes Montana a premier location for entrepreneurial start-ups or business relocation.