Montana Among Best States To Handle the Coronavirus Lock-Down


With President Donald J. Trump recommending a full shutdown of non-critical commerce and all discretionary travel, people are panicking. It is unknown if state governors will turn the president’s suggestions into mandatory orders, but it is highly likely that receiving whatever recovery funds that will be made available will be contingent upon them following Trump’s suggestions. The same goes for the corporatocracies, like airlines, who are already standing in the bail-out breadline with their hand out.

Pictures of a line wrapping around the Missoula Costco have been circulating in social media, and many stores are sold out of essential commodities and health supplies. But the Montana Daily Gazette has good news for you. Montanans will likely fare far better than those in most states, and we have the willpower and know-how to survive – and even thrive – in this pandemic.

First, Montana’s rurality might be its trump card on the raging pandemic. The population of Montana is 1,023,579 people based on the U.S. Census Bureau 2014 report. We ranked number 48 out of 50 states in terms of population. That is 82.2% below the national average. Additionally, we have 147,039.6 square miles, with a population density of only 7.0 people per square miles. The number one suggestion to avoid coronavirus of the CDC and health experts is to “avoid large crowds.” We already live in Montana, so…done. There aren’t any.

Second, Montana lacks large cities that are more likely to propel roving hordes of hungry people venturing out into the countryside to pillage. Although this scenario is unlikely at this stage in the game, it is possible according to survival experts. People are already hoarding supplies, supermarkets are already barren, and hungry people have a tendency to do stupid or dangerous things. However, Montana’s largest city is Billings, with only 109 thousand people. Survival experts say that 250 miles away from any major urban center is the “safe zone” (usually defined as 300 thousand or more people, the maximum that can typically handle infrastructure and contain widespread panic). The number of 250 miles is because that’s the maximum most unprepared people can venture on foot without first starving to death or succumbing to the elements. From the south, that city is Denver (461 miles). From the west, that’s Spokane (if you count the metropolitan area, at 162 miles). From the east, you have to go all the way to Minneapolis (a whopping 591 miles). From the North, well…that’s Canada. There’s nothing in Canada but moose. This means whatever roving hordes exist will probably drop dead of exhaustion before they even make it to the Big Sky State.

Third, Montanans are preppers by nature. The long winters (and one is about to end) and rugged wilderness requires most of us to be prepared as a standard practice even in the best of times. Preppers rank Montana consistently in the “Top Ten States” for preppers, and the state has long enjoyed many self-sufficient expatriates who have joined our ranks with buckets of beans and bags of bandaids. Most Montanans already know, to a degree, how to provide their own food and have been storing up their own medicine for years. Albeit, most Montanans won’t have to poach wildlife to survive because they already have plenty of My Patriot Supply in the cupboards.

Fourth, Montanans have more guns than you can shake a stick at. Only in the Big Sky State, people don’t need to shake sticks (because they have plenty of guns). Although our neighbor to the south, Wyoming, has more guns per capita, Montana still ranks high on the list. Montana has 221 thousand guns, with 21 guns per person. So to those hypothetical roving hordes from the paragraphs above, good luck with that (see below).

You can have our toilet paper when you pry it from our cold, dead fingers.

And finally, Montanans have a trait that is not qualifiable by statistics, charts, or graphs. Montanans are hardy people. Like the pioneers who settled this rugged and barren wildscape, their posterity who still make up the majority of people who call themselves Montanans are fiercely independent. There is nothing that we cannot do if we set our minds to it. Coronavirus has no doubt created a challenge, but we will overcome it.

The people of Montana are stronger than a virus. We survive the coldest winters. We live on the highest mountains. We have made our homes in the most wind-swept prairies. We are ranchers, oilfield workers, loggers, and soldiers (Montana has the highest percentage of veterans, per capita, in the United States). We are God-fearing, apple pie-eating, flag-waving, bronc-busting cowboys, Indians, investors, preppers, and hard workers with the know-how and strength to get through anything.

Montana, we can do this.


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  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t we need 21 million guns in Montana to have 21 guns per person if our population is just over 1 million???

  2. The number of guns in the state is incorrect. 221,000 guns / 1,023,579 = 0.22 guns per person. We have over 22 million guns in Montana and no doubt many of those are “evil” AR-15s. So yes, we can easily defend ourselves against any roaming hoards that come out of Spokane….or Bozeman 😏

  3. i Just finished reading this. Great article! It lifted my spirits and also my Faith. Thank you for describing Montana and it’s residents with strength and spirit!!!

  4. There seems to be a discrepancy in the 2014 census of the amount of people vs how many guns we have & how many guns per person in the state of Montana? Unless I’m missing something that doesn’t make sense. Please enlighten me, or correct the discrepancy. Thank you

  5. Having spent roughly half of my 71 years in Montana and the other half in Washington, one of the Corona epicenters, when I asked myself which place would I stand the best chance of not contracting the virus, it’s Montana hands-down. Life without toilet paper? No biggie. No indoor plumbing? No biggie. No entertainment? Fine. Libraries closed? Now that’s a problem!

    • HEY Claire I’m with you all the way. I live in the great Covid State of Washington and I hate it here. I an on moving to somewhere in Western Montana hopefully this Spring. I can’t wait. I want to sit on my porch and drink my coffee seeing only mountains, lakes, cows, and horses. I am so sick of city life here. Even the rural areas have gone city with houses so close you can spit on your neighbor. I am out of here come spring to get through the snow mountains.

      Would be nice to here from you with any suggestions or help meeting some local Montanians to get to talk to before I come there.


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