Careers and Volunteers
Living In MontanaNestled between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains lies Montana's largest city - Billings. In 1882, Billings was linked to the rest of America when the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived. Fertile soil, plenty of land and transportation attracted thousands of settlers seeking freedom and fortune. Billings grew so fast, it became known as the "Magic City."
Adventurers still come to Billings in search of the good life. They discover Billings' modern-day magic results from a growing economy, outdoor recreation, cultural events, safe neighborhoods, complete and quality health care, and quality education. If you enjoy hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, or snow skiing, then this is the right place for you.
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Growing EconomyBillings' diversified economy is built on agriculture, livestock, tourism, distribution and energy industries. People from throughout Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas come to Billings for shopping, health care and education.
Throughout the years, Billings economic base has continued to expand, diversify and strengthen. The Billings Chamber of Commerce anticipates that during the next decade, Billings will continue to experience steady growth and an expanded economic base.
HousingFrom apartments to single family residences to homes with acreage, Billings and its surrounding area offers a variety of housing options.
The average monthly rental cost in Billings is $646. The average cost of a single family home in Billings is $199,152. For more information on real estate listings, visit the Billings Association of Realtors web site (http://www.billings.org/). For Montana economic research information, visit The Center for Applied Economic Research (http://www.msubillings.edu/caer/realestate.htm).
Quality EducationIn Billings, quality education is available at private and public schools and colleges.
Kindergarten through Grade 12
Billings Catholic Schools enrolls students from pre-school through grade 12. Billings Catholic School's curriculum meets the standards of accreditation for the State of Montana. Each year, 85 to 90 percent of graduates at Central Catholic High School attend institutions of higher learning.
Colleges and Universities
Rocky Mountain College was the first institution of higher learning in the state of Montana. This private, liberal arts colleges serves approximately 800 students from 49 states and ten foreign countries. Rocky is affiliated with the United Methodist Church; the Presbyterian Church, USA; and the United Church of Christ.