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Billing is a pretty good place - 12/18/2010
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CTC
Estes Park, CO

We lived there for two years and enjoyed it for the most part. My wife took a very good and high paying job at St Vincents running the business office.

She made a 6 figure salary which is a king's paycheck in Billings. I worked as a chemist making perhaps 2/3 of what I was used to in CO. Unfortunately her job was outsourced to a company in Texas which took over the revenue cycle duties (which has been a disaster we have been told) so we moved back to CO. Too bad, because we had just bought a great house in the wonderful Alkali Creek area. (fortunately we were able to sell the house in just a couple of months)

Pros:Extremely Laid back,Friendly, very good farmers market,good skiing at nearby Red Lodge, awesome hiking and fishing in the Beartooth Range,easy to fly in and out of, a few good restaurants (downtown). Cheap Allegiant Flights to Phoenix and Vegas (was 80.00 RT a couple of years ago)

Cons:the greenbelt trail is very fragmented. The city has turned it's back on the Yellowstone River as well. The West side and Heights are ugly and filled with strip malls, the longtime residents seem very sheltered,gray skies in winter (compared to CO anyway). Snow removal is the poorest I have ever seen-the unplowed snow will turn to ice and make driving around town very treacherous at times.

But it really is a pretty pleasant place-reminds me of Boise, say 25 years ago. If the wifes job had not been outsourced we would still be there.



Oh and in response to an earlier poster there is NO WAY Billings receives 340 days of sunshine-this on the level of Tucson.


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TD
Billings, MT

Billings MT is going downhill raipidly.... - 8/5/2014

Since the Bakken oil boom started in earnest 4 years ago in eastern Montana and N & S Dakota,Billings has taken a serious nose dive. Housing prices and crime have risen dramatically. Property taxes inside the city limits are very high. The downtown area is full of street people, many of which are totally insane. It is also home to packs of drunken, native American's. On the plus side, we have about two months of nice weather a year, the other ten months of the year the weather is usually lousy.

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Mountainclimber
Sevierville, TN

why is the air soooo bad in Billings? - 5/24/2014

In looking at the air quality on here for Billings, I was quite surprised to see that the air quality was so bad. My father was looking at retiring there and thought it would good for his asthma but it doesn't look like it. Being by the mountains, I thought it would be a lot better than that.

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Denny
Billings, MT

Housing - 6/15/2011

The cost of housing is over priced, considering the climate and jobs

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Don
Billings, MT

Quality of Life - 1/18/2011

Quality of life is pretty high. Housing isn't too expensive (median house value $200,000), and there are lots of parks and recreation opportunities in the area. Ready access to healthcare, great educational opportunities, and plenty of work opportunities. Billings is a growing community, so there is a lot of room for new comers.

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CTC
Estes Park, CO

Billing is a pretty good place - 12/18/2010

We lived there for two years and enjoyed it for the most part. My wife took a very good and high paying job at St Vincents running the business office. She made a 6 figure salary which is a king's paycheck in Billings. I worked as a chemist making perhaps 2/3 of what I was used to in CO. Unfortunately her job was outsourced to a company in Texas which took over the revenue cycle duties (which has been a disaster we have been told) so we moved back to CO. Too bad, because we had just bought a great house in the wonderful Alkali Creek area. (fortunately we were able to sell the house in just a couple of months) Pros:Extremely Laid back,Friendly, very good farmers market,good skiing at nearby Red Lodge, awesome hiking and fishing in the Beartooth Range,easy to fly in and out of, a few good restaurants (downtown). Cheap Allegiant Flights to Phoenix and Vegas (was 80.00 RT a couple of years ago) Cons:the greenbelt trail is very fragmented. The city has turned it's back on the Yellowstone River as well. The West side and Heights are ugly and filled with strip malls, the longtime residents seem very sheltered,gray skies in winter (compared to CO anyway). Snow removal is the poorest I have ever seen-the unplowed snow will turn to ice and make driving around town very treacherous at times. But it really is a pretty pleasant place-reminds me of Boise, say 25 years ago. If the wifes job had not been outsourced we would still be there. Oh and in response to an earlier poster there is NO WAY Billings receives 340 days of sunshine-this on the level of Tucson.

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Bradley
Billings, MT

billings - 8/28/2010

nice place to live

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David
Newburgh, IN

Billings....I liked it, except for...... - 7/30/2010

I lived in Billings in the early 90s and did some work there for a couple of months around 2003. I really enjoyed the outdoor opportunities, especially the hunting. The winter seemed long and very brown! One thing I haven't seen commented on in these write-ups are the sugar beets. Are they still processing these? That smell was nasty at best. It is dry, so bring some lip balm.

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Beverly
Lewistown, MT

Population - 7/8/2010

I brought up Billings, Mt. 59102 the last I knew Billings was over 100,000 people not 50 or 60,000. Missoula is around 60,000 not 107,000, where do you get your information? I have lived in Montana my whole life Billings wasn't that small when I graduated high school in 1965.

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Carolyn
Billings, MT

Surprises - 5/10/2010

Having lived in Billings for the last five years, we have only just begun to see the amazing vistas of Montana. First surprise was the cultural opportunities in and around this community....from street markets to opera, Billings is known to be a cowboy town, but also a combination of cultures including the spirit of Native Americans. With less than a million people in the entire state (2010 census may put us over the mark), finding your own open space is an easy task. Another surprise is never being bored....even if you are only a 'sometimes' outdoor adventurer. At the risk of encouraging too many people moving to the state, the weather is unpredictable! In one week of May we have had 3" of snow, 66 mph winds and days reaching 60's!

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joe
Billings, MT

Stay Away! - 8/12/2009

Don't be fooled, this place is the definition of a dump. Cost of living is higher then Minneapolis and rivals most higher populated city's, pay is a joke. This is the only NORTHERN state I have ever been to that considers itself to be a southern state, Texas to be exact. I have had the unfortunate "experience"' of living here for 5 years. Everyone drives a truck, chews tobacco, drinks "Bud" and are far and few in between to have a full set of teeth. NO CULTURE! For out in the middle of nowhere, and in a semi-arid climate, these folks believe they are the cream of the crop of the US. Quite the opposite. I have lived in Chicago, LA, Cleveland and Minneapolis to name but a few, this is the worst place I have ever lived. I plan on moving back to Minnesota within the month BTW. People are rude, drive like maniacs, dress up like 1800's cowboys, NO INDIVIDUALITY at all. Either you are one of the "'good ole' boy's"', or you are an outsider. Nightlife and things to do: As a 30 something male, there is absolutely NOTHING to do but the bar scene, I ain't kidding. Save yourself the wasted time and effort at looking at this city, let alone Montucky. Do not be fooled, this place is to be avoided at all costs, unless you are from the south, then it will feel just like home. ;-)

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Marty
Billings, MT

Weather - 2/7/2009

We consider Billings to be the banana belt of Montana. The winters are fairly mild. Spring and fall usually hover around 50 degrees to 75 degrees. Summer can be hot, 90 degrees to a high of 107 degrees. Humidity is very low year round.

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Scott
Ashland, MT

Ashland Montana - not on the list...Good if you li - 11/24/2008

We are 130 miles from Billings on US 122. Not much here except St. Labre Catholic Indian School. We are right on the edge of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, and on the other side is the Custer National Forest. Beautiful, rugged area. Lots of wildlife. Very inexpensive to live here, if you can find good work.

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John
Wallingford, CT

Heating Costs - 7/20/2008

I was wondering what people in Montana heat with during the long, cold winters? Here in New England, the majority use oil, which as you know is quite expensive. I read somewhere that Montana and Wyoming you head with a much cheaper energy source, because you have it right there in the states. Is this true? What is it?

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Fran
Billings, MT

Living in Billings, MT - 7/6/2008

Contrary to what many folks believe, living in Billings is not akin to living in a freezer. In fact, I often tell people that Billings is the "Banana Belt" of Montana. One winter we were in the Palm Springs area--an area one expects to find balmy temps and sunny days. We found out that yes, it does rain in Southern California, and yes, it does get cold. In fact, the temperatures in Billings equalled or exceeded the temps in Palm Springs that year. If you are a winter sports fan, there are many areas close to Billings that one can strap on their downhill/cross country skis or suit up for a day on a snowmobile. Don't let myths of weather deter you. Billings is great year-round place to live. Now, West Yellowstone is a different story . . . .

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Kimberly
Billings, MT

tax free - 7/23/2007

Tax free on purchases

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V.
Billings, MT

Here my two cents about Billings, MT - 3/5/2007

Here my two cents about Billings, MT I consider that the cost of living and housing in Billings, MT is out of control; the salaries are lower than dirt. After 3 yrs. here I don’t know how the people can support themselves, we can afford it because we came through jobs transfers and our salaries are from a bigger city. Food for thought for the people whom are thinking about moving here: this is paradise for the outdoor type, but not for the people looking for cultured entertainment, the weather is not bad at all no much snow or ice, it is very dry which will make the summer less hard, spring is just perfect and fall is just a little wet (no much rain).

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JD
Billings, MT

banana belt - 9/18/2006

Blllings is the banana belt of montana. Good weather.

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Gallagher
Milwaukee, WI

Numero Uno so far - 9/17/2006

I spent 4 days in Billings a couple years ago, which doesn't make me an expert on the place, but I really enjoyed the visit. I found the city to be "comfortable" and the people with whom I interacted were wonderful - very friendly and outgoing. Of course, I dealt primarily with retail clerks, waitresses, etc., and not "neighbors", and I wasn't looking for employment so my experience is rather stilted. I guess my only bug would be it isolation. We often hear of "cabin fever" particularly in relation to living in a place like Hawaii. But my wife, who shares my overall opinion of Billings, really felt isolated. Face it, the next "big" town is Bozeman, 137 miles away. I've visited many wonderful cities, and for me, Billings is Numero Uno. I could move there without much hesitation.

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Don
Billings, MT

Relatively conservative - 9/1/2006

Billings has a relatively conservative religious community. However, it also has some religious liberals.

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pauline

Relocating - 4/3/2006

My husband, cats, and I are thinking about relocating to Billings, MT. Can somebody tell me about the job situation there? Thanks

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