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Billings is a city in Yellowstone County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Frederick Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

The latitude of Billings is 45.783N. The longitude is -108.5W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,123 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 95,220.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$35,147
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Billings demographic reports
Billings is on the Yellowstone River
Public transportation: Billings Metropolitan Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 230. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 2.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 9 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Billings received national attention for a 1993 campaign by local residents against an outbreak of hate crimes. When the local newspaper, the Billings Gazette, printed full-page menorahs, thousands of homes and businesses displayed them in their windows.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "Far and Away"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Big Sky Polka Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • HarvestFest - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Strawberry Festival - June 9, 2007
  • Clark Days - July 28-29, 2007
  • MontanaFair - Aug. 10-18, 2007
  • Festival of Cultures - June 10, 2007
  • Summerfair - July 14-15, 2007
  • Northern Rodeo Association Finals - Feb. 16-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Billings web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Billings Symphony, Rimrock Opera Company
Nearby parks & recreation: Custer National Forest, Lake Elmo State Park
Sports teams: Mustangs (minor league baseball), Outlaws (arena football)
Historic sites and museums: Yellowstone County Museum, Yellowstone Western Heritage Center, Pictograph Cave State Park, Mindworks Museum, Museum of Women's History
Colleges and universities: Montana State University - Billings, Rocky Mountain College, May Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 54

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Billings demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Yellowstone County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Billings area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 59102 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

27% of Billings residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Billings ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Billings was $19,207, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Billings residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Billings, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $425.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $876.


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Libraries in Billings include Parmly Billings Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Billings include Billings Gazette, Billings Outpost

TV stations in Billings include KSVI, KTVQ, KULR.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KEMC.

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Yellowstone County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Billings political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Billings workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 18 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Billings between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Billings, MT

Pros: Beautiful scenery, close proximity to the mountains, as well as Yellowstone National Park...

Cons: In certain times of the year, the air in some parts of town carries the smell of nearby oil refineries and the sugar factory...

This is a good place to Receive medical treatment, stop on the way to somewhere else, learn about the history of the region, raise a family, buy a car (no sales tax in Montana!) etc.

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