Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

89 of 100
BACK NEXT
89. Billings, Mont.
Population: 94,088
Pros: Scenic area, good local health care
Cons: Traffic, low wages

Billings is the biggest city in a 500-mile radius, giving it - geographically - one of the largest trade areas in the U.S. People come to shop, dine, and see their doctors. With two large hospitals and 16 clinics, the city provides medical care for the entire region. Billings also has a tourist trade: it's a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and a day's drive to the Glacier and Grand Teton national parks.

Billings has had some growing pains. It has a relatively high rate of property crime, and wages that haven't kept up with rising prices. However, traditional small-business owners thrive here, especially in retail and other service industries. -Elizabeth Bland

Interactive map: Billings, Mont.
Homes for sale Find homes for sale in Billings, Mont.


NEXT: 90: Sarasota, Fla.

Last updated July 02 2008: 11:16 AM ET
More Galleries
5 startups that are reimagining the world Bricks that grow from microorganisms, household garbage turned into art, three-wheeled bike-cars -- these startups are redefining urban living. More
Blue collar entrepreneurs These five entrepreneurs took their blue collar experience and used it to launch innovative businesses. More
7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic. More

Special Offer