Best Places to Live

Billings, MT

Population: 118,054

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

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“Billings is such a unique place. There’s a vibe here in Billings that is willing to embrace originality. There’s space for everyone in Billings. Billings offers something for everyone, like Halloween on Clark Avenue, the farmers market for the small-towners, big-name musicians at the Pub Station and great movies downtown at Babcock Theatre for the city goers.”


Jilan Hall-Johnson
Managing owner of the Sassy Biscuit Co

Billings, MT Ranking Data