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Montana is a state with numerous mountain ranges of the northern Rocky Mountains. In fact, the state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña ("mountain"). If you envision mountains, deserts and plains when thinking about retirement, Montana may be the place for you. Outdoor activities like riding, hunting, fishing, golf, or hiking attract the adventure-seeking retiree. Natural wonders like the world-famous Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks attract nature-loving enthusiasts.
When planning your retirement, consider that the cost of living in Montana is just below the national average and there is no sales tax. Montana's sprawling beauty is relatively unspoiled by development. The state is home to just over a million residents, while huge spaces of land are populated only by wildlife such as elk and deer.