Living in Montana
Nestled 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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Billings' 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.
From apartments to single family residences to homes with acreage, Billings and its surrounding area offers a variety of housing options. For information on real estate listings, visit the Billings Association of Realtors web site (http://www.billings.org/).
In Billings, quality education is available at private and public schools and colleges.
Kindergarten through Grade 12
Billings Public Schools has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students in its 24 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, one career center and one adult education center. Students at Billings Public Schools consistently perform better academically than the national average in American College Test (ACT), Test of Academic Proficiency and Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
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
Montana State University-Billings offers quality academic programs in nearly 100 fields of study, including the state's only special education and rehabilitation counseling programs. Students can pursue certificate programs, two- or four-year degrees or master's degrees in several areas.
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.