Billings, Montana

Life in Billings, Montana, explained by people who’ve lived in Billings:

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Billings Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Billings?

  • Don’t have one. (Birdie, 7 years)
  • Change of seasons, close to outdoor activities, good restaurants, smaller city compared to where I came from. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Close to family. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Scenery. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Great food. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • Access to amenities. (Beth, 15 years)
  • The Rims. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Now that you ask, there is nothing that makes the list. Billings is getting worse every day. (Mike, 30 years)
  • That I can get away from it. There are some decent concerts, but not much beyond that. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Billings?

  • Low lives. (Birdie, 7 years)
  • Increasing crime and population. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Lack of activities for children and teens. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Crime upswing. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Crime. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • The crime. (Beth, 15 years)
  • Crime. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Too many to list. Terrible drivers and lack of traffic control device enforcement may top the list. (Mike, 30 years)
  • Crime, how filthy the city is and how few take any real pride in it, transients, casinos and bars combined with generally obnoxious people. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Billings?

  • Fish. (Birdie, 7 years)
  • Eat out, art house cinema, farmers market, hiking the rims, other holiday activities like parades. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Zoo, parks, YMCA, Audubon center. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Hiking, biking, concerts, fair. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Movies, concerts, eating out. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • I enjoy the more natural parks. (Beth, 15 years)
  • Hiking on the Rims, the Parks. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Driving away from it. (Mike, 30 years)
  • Some decent music, but unless you are drinking or stuffing your face not much. As a whole, events in Billings tend to be lackluster and not worth attending. (Beau, n/a)

Billings’s Reputation

What’s Billings known for?

  • Low lives. (Birdie, 7 years)
  • Biggest city in MT, not really sure. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Bad drivers, rude people, crime. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • History. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • Trails, scenery. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Drunk drivers, drugs, terrible drivers, lack of entertainment, etc. (Mike, 30 years)
  • Meth, not being sarcastic. Everyone who knows I moved back here joke about that and think I am an idiot and I have little to argue. I love Montana, I do not consider Billings a part of that nor do most people throughout the state. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Crime

What’s the crime like in Billings? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Bad. (Birdie, 7 years)
  • Lots of vehicle thefts. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • High. Specific areas and streets. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Horribly high lately. It’s getting bad. No where is really safe anymore. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Downtown. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • Seems to pop up all over – Central/Terry area, north side, south side, heights. (Beth, 15 years)
  • Growing every day. (Cody, 30 years)
  • It’s everywhere. Used to be the south side. (Mike, 30 years)
  • Ridiculous, out of control and the police force is a joke. Everyone has an excuse, bottom line they are ineffective. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Advice

Any advice for people moving to Billings?

  • Lock your cars, we aren’t the small town we were even a few years ago. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Have a good job lined up. If you can visit to line up housing. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Lock your doors. Don’t leave anything in your car you don’t want stolen. Explore. Walk around, wander throughout the town. Just be smart about it. (Anonymous, 14 years)
  • Have patience. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • There are only about 3 degrees between people. Most of us are from a small town. (Beth, 15 years)
  • Explore the city. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Don’t. (Mike, 30 years)
  • Don’t. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Billings (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Taking my children to the parks. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Working at the Metra. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • Concerts, Montana Fair. (Cody, 30 years)

Billings’s Future

How do you think Billings will change over the next 10 years?

  • Bigger population. Billings west end will almost reach Laurel. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • I hope it gets better. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • More people. (Rennell, 14 years)
  • More expansion west. (Beth, 15 years)
  • More people and crime. (Cody, 30 years)
  • For the worse. Infrastructure isn’t in place but the city keeps growing. Lack of police enforcement will not help. Time to move. (Mike, 30 years)
  • It will grow, crime will get worse and the community will continue to justify the issues as growing pains. (Beau, n/a)

Billings Facts

Any other interesting facts about Billings?

  • Not a lot of restaurant options. (Juanita, 9 years)
  • Lots of history. (Cody, 30 years)
  • Think it has been covered. (Beau, n/a)