Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montana, located in the south-central portion of the state. Billings is rapidly growing; as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 89,847, while the Census Bureau's 2007 estimate listed the city's population at 101,876. It is the 60th fastest growing city out of the 259 cities in the U.S. with populations over 100,000, of which Billings is #259, the smallest. Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone County and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area. In terms of population, it is the largest metropolitan area in Montana. It is nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882.
Billings is named for Frederick H. Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Because Billings is the largest city in a 350-mile (560 km) radius that includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (and inside a circle going through Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City, Fort Collins, Sioux Falls, Fargo, Regina, and Calgary), it serves as a shopping and accommodation center for area residents and highway travelers. The city's proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Pompey's Pillar, and the area where the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought also draws visitors, especially during the summer months. BestLife Magazine, new from the editors of Men's Health, recently ranked Billings the 3rd best place in the U.S. to raise a family.
Government Shutdown Affects Billing’s Local Economy
Those who reside in Billings, Montana know that there are many federal government employees. The number is approximately 1,689 individuals who are employed federally. On October 1, 2013 it was announced that there were to be many shutdowns across Montana. This includes government funded farms. The cease of loans and help from the government will affect residents and those around the nation. With the economic downfall due to the government shutdown, the stimulation of the economy will be even harder once things are running again.
Those with out work can find a job on billings.localhelpwanted.net.