Best & Worst States: What Is Montana No.1 at?

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Montana- the state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States.

Montana is the 4th state by area, the 7th populous state, and the 3rd densely populated state. 

The state capital is Helena.

Montana is famous for its numerous mountain ranges from the western half of the state. The eastern half is famous for western prairie terrain and badlands, with smaller mountain ranges found throughout the state.

Best at: Education

Montana has the highest rate, 94.00% of high school graduation in the U.S.

Best at: Infrastructure

Montana ranks 13th in the "Best States for infrastructure" top.

The top was done by evaluating each state's infrastructure, transportation, energy, and broadband access were taken into account. 

Worst at: Driving

Montana has the most drunk-driving-related deaths per 100,000 people. In 2018, there were 79 drunk driving fatalities.

Moreover, in the top "Most Dangerous States for Drivers", Montana ranks 4th.

Worst at: Internet

Montana has the worst internet service in the nation.

HighSpeedInternet.com conducted a survey of home internet speeds in 2021. They collected data from 3,105 U.S. cities and towns and from more than 1.7 million laptops, desktop computers, and home-connected devices. 

Montana has the worst internet service in the U.S with data transmission speeds only slightly better than half the national average.

The mean download speeds in Montana average 54.4 megabits per second (Mbps). The national average is 99.3 Mbps.

Bonus: crazy facts about Montana:

  1. Bannack, Montana’s first territorial capital, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek.
  2. Montana's official state gemstones are Sapphire and Montana moss agate.
  3. Montana's official state bird is the Western meadowlark.
  4. Montana is nicknamed the "Treasure State" and the "Big Sky Country".
  5. Montana's official state animal is the grizzly bear.
  6. Montana's motto "Oro y Plata" means gold and silver.
  7. The "Going to the Sun Road" in Glacier Park is considered the most scenic drive in the park and is often considered one of the most beautiful drives in the entire United States. 
  8. Yellowstone is the first national park in the U.S. and is widely held to be the first national park in the world.
  9. The highest point in Montana is Granite Peak at 12,799 feet.
  10. Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Hudson Bay. This happens at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park- the only place in the United States where rain and snowmelt flow into three different waters.

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Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montana
  2. https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/educational-attainment-by-state
  3. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/infrastructure
  4. https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/which-state-had-most-dangerous-roads-2020
  5. https://www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/fastest-slowest-internet
  6. https://www.50states.com/facts/montana.htm
  7. http://bannack.org/about-us
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Montana_state_symbols
  9. https://www.history.com/topics/us-states/montana
  10. https://gypsyguide.com/glacier-trip-planner/
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park
  12. https://www.britannica.com/place/Granite-Peak
  13. https://www.npca.org/articles/1435-one-mountain-three-oceans

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