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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    312
    273
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    59
    41
  • Robbery
    61
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    545
    525
  • Theft
    3,476
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    684
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Billings Reviews

50 reviews
All Categories
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!
Review Billings
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!
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.