Montana is ranked No. 40 for the number of businesses based in the state and No. 33 for fast-growing companies. The state is in the bottom 30 percent for economic expansion and development criteria, but it's among the top 30 percent for economic strength.
The Treasure State is No. 49 for high-wage traded services and No. 30 for manufacturing value added. The state is No. 48 for residents' access to broadband communications.