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Yellowstone County has been ranked third in terms of the county in Montana that gets the most investments. It is exceeded by Gallatin and Missoula Counties, respectively, which demonstrate a higher rate of business growth, number of building permits and receipt of federal funds per capita, according to Smartasset.com.

Yellowstone County, however, had the greatest growth in production (GDP) with $251 million compared to Gallatin’s $238 million and Missoula’s $193 million.

Both Gallatin and Missoula far exceed the amount of government funding received from federal agencies, with Gallatin receiving $1,154 per person and Missoula, $1,075. Yellowstone takes in only $251 per person.

Yellowstone County’s rate in business growth was 0.6 percent compared to Gallatin’s 8.9 percent and Missoula’s 3.9 percent. Yellowstone matched Missoula in number of building permits at 18,200, while Gallatin had 35,200 building permits.

The data generated an index of investment income for Gallatin of 67.63, for Missoula of 44.64, and for Yellowstone, 41.93. Other counties in the top ten ranking were Powell, Flathead, Park, Cascade and others.