As the largest city in Montana, Billings has all the amenities of a “Big City”, while still keeping a friendly small town character with charm and personality.
“Top 100 Places to Live” — Relocate America, 2011
“Best Performing Cities” — Milken Institute, 2011, 2013, 2014
“The Best Cities for Families List” — Parenting Magazine, 2012
“3rd best place to raise a family” — Best life magazine
“Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the US” — Amazon, 2013
Billings consistently leads Montana in job growth and has unemployment levels between 2.6% and 3.2%.
Billings is an economic center for medical, industry, education, shopping & more. It has been sheltered from sharp economic swings through its diverse, stable economy. Many corporate regional offices for state, national and international companies are in Billings. This in addition to a thriving entrepreneurial community gives individuals a wide range of career opportunities.
“1 of 8 best cities to start a new career.” — Where to Retire Magazine 2009
Catch a fish, hike a trail shred, the gnar – It’s easy to get off work and be in your chosen field of dreams for the evening or weekend.
Two colleges and the largest school district in the state make Billings a focal point for education.
Looking out the tallest high rise building in Montana (First Interstate Bank Tower), you can see the tallest mountain peak in the State of Montana: Granite Peak at 12,799 feet (3,901 m). Granite Peak is part of the nearby Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area, which is 944,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness and contains 30 mountain peaks over 12,000 feet (3,700 m), as well as 700 miles of trails.
“Best Small Places for Business and Careers” Forbes, 2015
We have the Beer wine and spirits! Eight Micro-Breweries, all within walking distance and surrounded by local eateries, create the only walking brewery district in Montana.
Looking for outdoor opportunities? Billings has an abundance of area attractions including the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, Pictograph Cave, Chief Plenty Coups State Park and many, many more.
“Top 25 cleanest metro areas for air quality.” — American Lung Association 2011 (State of the Air)
“Smarter Cities” — Natural Resources Defense Council, 2010
Artist & performing arts galore – As the region’s cultural hub, Here you will find boutique cinemas, art walks, art galleries, performing arts theaters, the symphony, opera, history and art museums, a zoo, a historic district, espresso and sidewalk cafes and fine, ethnically-diverse cuisine; all of which offer a rich cultural experience for residents. Billings also has an abundance of events that can be found at: http://www.billings365.com.
Events include the Wine and Food Festival at MSU Billings, Strawberry Festival, SummerFair at North Park, Magic City Blues Festival, Crow Fair and Rodeo in Crow Agency and Big Sky State Games.
Over 70% of our population has a commute time of 17 minutes or less.
“Bicycle Friendly Community.” — League of American Bicyclists 2012
“America’s Best Bike Cities.” — Bicycling, 2012
“Top 50 Most bicycle friendly cities in the US.” — Bicycling Magazine 2010
Average highs of 87 degrees in July and 32 degrees in January. Average snowfall is 56" and average rainfall is 13.89".