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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Billings is a city in Montana with a population of 109,082. Billings is in Yellowstone County. Living in Billings offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Billings there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Billings and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Billings are above average.
About Billings...
Population
109,082

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$826
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Billings Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    387.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    620.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,438.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    720.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Billings

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,585
National
$55,322
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Billings Reviews

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Billings is a beautiful city! Close to the mountains and lots to do. The drivers are not the best, but they can drive in snow. We love the activities available swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping and others. Close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and plenty to do there as well. The river offers swimming and fishing and the mountains and national park offer camping. Having lived here almost all of my life, this is where I want to be.
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Billings is a beautiful place to live with its beautiful big blue skys, golden fields, and homey feeling. The city is big enough to have something to do, and small enough to stay connected with family and friends. The city is full of delicious restaurants, a lively downtown night life, and an atmosphere that welcomes diversity and fun!
The worst place I've lived, and I've lived in a lot of places. The people here are remarkably rude, inconsiderate, aggressive, and backwards. No one knows how to drive: they stop at roundabouts, don't recognize right-of-way, hit people!, and much more. There is a massive drug problem with drug paraphernalia found everywhere from parks to parking lots. There's litter on every street. It's a scummy city, trapped in 1982, pretentiously improving everything that doesn't matter in an attempt to catch up to Seattle and the like -- while, on the best of days, they may come close only to the sketchier sections of Seattle. If Montana was a city, Billings would be right up there with the "bad side" and someplace you'd be happier avoiding. You probably won't be murdered here, but there's nothing to make it even worth the risk.