Billings is the largest city in Montana with a population of just under 100,000. It has a diverse economic base and has enjoyed a rapid growth rate, due in part to the various economies, including energy (oil, natural gas and coal), agriculture (grains such as wheat, barley, and corn, sugar beets, beef and dairy cattle), and transportation (air, rail and trucking). These economy sectors have supported Billings as a center for education, medical facilities, and cultural activities.
In addition to a booming economy, Billing is surrounded by mountains; the Beartooths to the southwest, the Crazy Mountains to the west, the Pryor Range to the southeast, and the Snowies to the north. Recreational opportunities are not in small supply.
Billings is also home to Montana State University-Billings, MSU-Billings College of Technology, Rocky Mountain College and the Lincoln Adult Education Center. The college atmosphere provides a cultural element where residents and visitors can enjoy a wide range of cultural opportunities such as the Billings Symphony, Yellowstone Art Museum, Rimrock Opera, and the Western Heritage Center to name a few.