Living in Butte
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains and bordered by the Continental Divide to the east, Butte was known as the "Richest Hill on Earth" because of the vast amount of copper that was mined here during the early 1900s.
Over the years, Butte has progressed through times of change and yet maintained its sense of community. With a population of about 34,000, our southwestern Montana city celebrates both its historical mining past as well as its current growth in a variety of fields including high tech, engineering, health care, education and cultural arts.
The city provides a strong educational support system. Butte has six public elementary schools, a public middle school (grades 7 and 8), a public high school, and an alternative high school. Learn more about Butte School District #1.
In addition, Butte offers a Catholic elementary school, junior high school and a high school. Learn more about Catholic education in Butte.
Butte also is home to Montana Tech of the University of Montana, listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best small colleges.
Many of Montana's blue-ribbon trout are found in rivers that surround Butte. The area features four federally protected wilderness areas and several national forests that offer hiking, camping, horseback riding and fishing.
Area features include many golf courses, such as the Old Works Golf Course, Montana's only Jack Nicklaus-signature golf course. The Old Works is located 20 minutes west of Butte. Other area attractions include the luxurious Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. In addition, we are located near numerous ski resorts.
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