B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$191,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$762
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%

Billings Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    312
    0
  • Murder
    8
    0
  • Rape
    59
    41
  • Robbery
    61
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    545
    1
  • Theft
    3,476
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    684
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$51,012
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Billings Reviews

68 reviews
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Billings is a city that has everything. There are two universities for higher education. There are so many businesses that provide job opportunities. There are sports attractions from college to semi pro. There are many beautiful places surrounding Billings for hikers and bikers. I have been attending Montana State University in Billings for the last year and it has been a great experience. I have gotten to know many of the teacher and staff at MSUB and they are very willing to help the students in any way that they can. I recommend MSUB to others, especially those majoring in education. The education department bends over backward to help students!
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I love that you can drive for 45 minutes and you could be fishing or hunting. There are lakes just within a few hours away to jump in a boat and go water skiing. This town for the most part have the most down to earth people that you just fall in love with. They are getting the round-abouts going which make it faster to get to places instead of waiting at lights. The downfall to this town is drugs and violence are growing. The oil rigs shutting down have hurt this town. They all came here with nothing and are now stealing and hurting people. I thank the Police for being on top of it and trying to get it under control. It's a growing town but it still is an amazing place. I know we can get the drugs and drinking under control and get it tuned around. It's the Big Sky State for a reason, because it's beautiful!
Billings is a beautiful place. Not necessarily what you'd think of when you think of Montana--it's in the Yellowstone valley, not surrounded by mountains--but you still get the friendly people!