Well, we finally made it. Sometime last month Montana’s population tipped over the million mark.
Bumper sticker commentary is already out, decorating many a dusty pick-up and shiny Suburu, scrappy dog smiling out the back: Montana is full. Go home. Read that with the menacing tone of bearded-weapons-stockpiling-recluse, and it is almost as good as my old favorite: Kill All the Goddamned Wolves and the People Who Brought Them Here. Read it in any other tone and it just sounds kind of bitchy, given much of the population came here from inferior states in the first place.
I get it though. We love Montana for its expansiveness… for its rugged, open space and wild places. Subdivisions don’t fit into that mystique. But still, on average there are under seven people per square mile in this big ol’ state, the fourth largest in the country. New York City alone has and average over 27,000 people living in each of it’s square miles, and a population of over eight million. Of course there isn’t much use in comparing NYC and the state of Montana, but my point is, I think we can handle a million faces without getting our undergarments too twisted up.
To decrease my chances of being shot in the street for saying such a thing, I give you this: