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#24. Billings, MT

Billings serves as the launch point for tons of outdoor recreation opportunities in southern Montana. This mid-sized city has a western vibe to it, so the dress code is almost always casual (and you might run into a real “Montana cowboy,” too).

You’ll find Montana State University – Billings here, as well as awesome cultural amenities like the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. With a strong economy and top-notch infrastructure, like the MET Transit System and Billings Logan International Airport, it’s no surprise that Billings is one of the best places to live in America.

Local Obsession: The great outdoors. Whether it’s fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing or cycling, people love to play outside in Billings.

Climate Described In 6 Words Or Less: Brutally cold winters, amazingly beautiful summers

Top Industries and Employers: Oil and gas, healthcare and distribution/logistics are all big industries here.

Local Dream Job: Game warden, an outdoorsy, hands-on job in law enforcement that never gets boring.

Quintessential Meal: Any of the unique burgers from The Burger Dive, like the award-winning “I’m Your Huckleberry” burger with huckleberry hatch chili barbecue sauce, bacon, goat cheese, arugula and roasted red pepper mayo.$10.00 Burger only

Favorite Weekend Activity: Folks here love to go hunting on the weekends (in season). From deer to elk to ducks, hunting is a big-time hobby here.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Walkers, a trendy downtown spot with an impressive cocktail menu that serves everything from pork belly street tacos to Korean beef bowls.

Best Local Beer: The Good Times Belgian blonde from Thirsty Street Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery in downtown Billings.

Beloved Bookstore: This House of Books, a downtown spot that also doubles as a tea shop.

Free Way To Have Fun: Hike around the Rimrocks, an iconic Billings spot with views of the city and surrounding areas.

– Sarah Kuta

Read More:

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