If you’re a burger fan, Billings is the town for you. This charming Montana town is home to The Burger Dive, a quirky burger joint that won the 2016 title of “World Burger Champion.” Locals can’t get enough of their huckleberry burger with goat cheese.
Located 90 miles south of Billings, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area offers 17 miles of incredible hiking, and the views are well worth the drive. The park offers camping and fishing as well, so pack your gear and make a weekend trip out of it.
3. Booming Neighborhoods
With a population of 166,855, Billings is the largest city in Montana. But don’t let its size fool you – it still has that small-town feel. Locals agree that one of the best and fastest-growing areas is the West End, which is comprised of neighborhoods like Central Heights, Olympic Park and West Ridge. West End is also home to Will James Middle School, one of the Billings’ top-rated schools.
As the city grows, so does its makers scene. Craft breweries have begun to pop up all throughout Billings, but Carter’s is a revered favorite. Like many businesses in Billings, Carter’s is family owned and operated, and is well-known for its IPAs and Porters. Sip on this: Billings also has the only walkable, self-guided brewery tour in Montana.
5. Exciting Career Opportunities
Looking for a new career? Billings is the trade and distribution capital for Montana, Northern Wyoming and parts of South and North Dakota. Home to two state-of-the-art hospitals, Billings Clinic, and St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings offers careers in health care, energy and manufacturing.
6. Two-Wheel Friendly
Ranked as one of the top 50 cities for cycling, Billings, Montana is an excellent choice for those who like to get around on two wheels. Fancy a scenic drive, bike or hike? Beartooth Highway, a 68-mile long byway, has been named the most beautiful drive in America.
7. 2,000-Year-Old History
Showcasing the history of Montana and the Billings area 2,000 years ago, Pictograph Cave features hiking and incredible cave drawings. This state park is located only 5 miles south of Billings and offers some beautiful views.
8. Affordable Housing
All of this comes at an extremely affordable price. The median house price in Billings is $204,800, while the median household income is at $49,265. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment hits at $603, about $200 less than the country’s average. But hurry – with all this growth – the housing market will only heat up!