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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!
While Billings has a lot to offer, with several theaters, music opportunities, beautiful parks, and an eclectic mix of public and private education, it is a little bit...backwards. They call themselves the 'big city,' due to their population compared to other cities in the state, but downtown is six blocks, if that, and while people are friendly to newcomers, they are not necessarily inviting. It's hard to fit in when you haven't been born and raised, and if you HAVE lived in a big city, it's a big adjustment, and not necessarily worth the time spent adjusting. It's not bad for a college town, and it's quaint in its own way, but I would never call it home, and once I graduate, I will probably never return.
Billings, Montana is a vast city unlike any other place in Montana. It is developing and growing in ways I never expected. The downtown area is my favorite area to be despite the mixed reviews. It is diverse, busy, and easy to navigate. I enjoy the night life and live music events that are happening more frequently. The sprawling commercialism that is happening on the West End of the city can be daunting to a foreigner, but there are so many places to go and I think that gets taken for granted. One thing I would like to see change is the culture and diversity of this city. As the largest city in Montana, one would hope that it has some openness regarding peoples of different cultures and race. Sadly, this is not the case. Billings is in the top ten least diverse cities in the nation. I hope to see this change in the next five to ten years.