Counties in Montana

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This is a list of the 56 counties in Montana. Montana has two consolidated city-counties—Anaconda with Deer Lodge County and Butte with Silver Bow County.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Montana consists of:

  • 129 city governments.
  • 54 county governments.
  • In addition, there are 736 special districts and 321 independent school districts.[2]

City classifications:

Cities in Montana may be classified as:

  • Charter city: of which there are 32
  • General law city: of which there are 97

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Montana

The local units of government in Montana that make the initiative process available are:

  • General law cities, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances. There are 97 such cities.
  • Charter cities, which have the same state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances, as well as for charter amendment. Unlike in some other states, charter cities may not differ from the general law initiative requirements. There are 32 such cities.
  • General law counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances. There are 51 such counties.
  • Charter counties, which have a state mandated initiative and referendum process for ordinances and charter amendments. There are 3 such counties.[3]

Website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Montana county websites


County County seat
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana Anaconda
Beaverhead County, Montana Dillon
Big Horn County, Montana Hardin
Blaine County, Montana Chinook
Broadwater County, Montana Townsend
Butte-Silver Bow County, Montana Butte, Montana
Carbon County, Montana Red Lodge
Carter County, Montana Ekalaka
Cascade County, Montana Great Falls, Montana
Chouteau County, Montana Fort Benton
Custer County, Montana Miles City
Daniels County, Montana Scobey
Dawson County, Montana Glendive
Fallon County, Montana Baker
Fergus County, Montana Lewistown
Flathead County, Montana Kalispell
Gallatin County, Montana Bozeman, Montana
Garfield County, Montana Jordan
Glacier County, Montana Cut Bank
Golden Valley County, Montana Ryegate
Granite County, Montana Philipsburg
Hill County, Montana Havre
Jefferson County, Montana Boulder
Judith Basin County, Montana Stanford
Lake County, Montana Polson
Lewis and Clark County, Montana Helena, Montana
Liberty County, Montana Chester
Lincoln County, Montana Libby
Madison County, Montana Virginia City
McCone County, Montana Circle
Meagher County, Montana White Sulphur Springs
Mineral County, Montana Superior
Missoula County, Montana Missoula, Montana
Musselshell County, Montana Roundup
Park County, Montana Livingston
Petroleum County, Montana Winnett
Phillips County, Montana Malta
Pondera County, Montana Conrad
Powder River County, Montana Broadus
Powell County, Montana Deer Lodge
Prairie County, Montana Terry
Ravalli County, Montana Hamilton
Richland County, Montana Sidney
Roosevelt County, Montana Wolf Point
Rosebud County, Montana Forsyth
Sanders County, Montana Thompson Falls
Sheridan County, Montana Plentywood
Stillwater County, Montana Columbus
Sweet Grass County, Montana Big Timber
Teton County, Montana Choteau
Toole County, Montana Shelby
Treasure County, Montana Hysham
Valley County, Montana Glasgow
Wheatland County, Montana Harlowton
Wibaux County, Montana Wibaux
Yellowstone County, Montana Billings, Montana