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Flag of Montana

Use: Civil and state flag
Proportion: 2:3
Adopted: July 1, 1981; 37 years ago
Design: Seal of Montana on a blue field. Above the seal the text "Montana"

The flag of the state of Montana consists of the image of the Montanan state seal centered on a blue field.

History
Within the seal, a plow, shovel, and pick rest in a field in front of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. The ribbon contains the state motto, Oro y plata (Spanish for "Gold and silver"). The current flag was adopted in 1905, and the word "Montana" above the seal was added in 1981. In 1985, the flag was again modified to specify the font used in "Montana:" Helvetica Bold. Before it was adopted as a state flag, it was used by Montana troops deploying for the Spanish/American War.

The North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) declared the flag of Montana to be the third worst state/provincial flag, 70th in a field of 72 in a list that contained all the provinces of Canada, U.S. states and U.S. territories. Georgia's flag was named the worst, but has since been changed, and Nebraska's flag was named second worst. NAVA stated that about half of U.S. states used blue fields making them difficult to distinguish and the survey ranked flags with words and complex seals the lowest.

State of Montana
Flag of Montana State seal of Montana
Flag Seal
Nickname(s):
Big Sky Country, The Treasure State
Motto(s): Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver)
State song(s): "Montana"
Map of the United States with Montana highlighted
Official language English
Demonym Montanan
Capital Helena
Largest city Billings
Largest metro Billings metropolitan area
Area Ranked 4th
• Total 147,040 sq mi
(380,800 km2)
• Width 630 miles (1,015 km)
• Length 255 miles (410 km)
• % water 1
• Latitude 44° 21′ N to 49° N
• Longitude 104° 2′ W to 116° 3′ W
Population Ranked 43rd
• Total 1,062,305 (2018)
• Density 7.09/sq mi (2.73/km2)
Ranked 48th
• Median household income $53,386 (38th)
Elevation
• Highest point Granite Peak
12,807 ft (3903.5 m)
• Mean 3,400 ft (1040 m)
• Lowest point Kootenai River at Idaho border
1,804 ft (557 m)
Before statehood Montana Territory
Admitted to the Union November 8, 1889 (41st)
Governor Steve Bullock (D)
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney (D)
Legislature Montana Legislature
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D)
Steve Daines (R)
U.S. House delegation Greg Gianforte (R) (list)
Time zone Mountain: UTC -7/-6
ISO 3166 US-MT
Abbreviations MT, Mont.
Website www.mt.gov
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