I might have mentioned this before, but although Montana is the 4th largest state in the US, it ranks 43th in population, with only about a million people in the entire state. I’m not counting college students. If the college students are counted, the population is a few thousand higher.
With this background, I thought it might be of interest to show some pictures of the “cities” in Montana. This does a really good job of showing what it means to have a small population. The town I live in has about 800 people in it, and there are many towns that are smaller.
Since there are only a handful of population centers in the state, none of the “cities” have the towering skylines of Denver, New York City, or Seattle.
This is Helena, Montana, our capital. There are around 30,000 people living here, which still makes it one of the biggest towns in Montana. Seriously, how many people really think of a town of 30,000 as a city?
Hopefully, this puts things into perspective and explains why our town of 800 isn't especially small in Montana. Put in a different way, there is a person for every 7 square miles of Montana. That puts Montana's population density at 48th in the US.