Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montana. It is located in Yellowstone County and is the county seat ( county seat ). The population of 104 170 inhabitants (as of 2010 ) is spread across an area of 87.6 km ². In the entire metropolitan area approximately 158,500 people live. This Billings is not only the largest city in Montana, but also the only city and agglomeration, which counts about 100,000 inhabitants.
The city is located on the upper Yellowstone River.
The city was founded for their workers in 1882 by the Northern Pacific Railway and after the then President of the Society, Frederick Billings, named. Just three years later Billings received its town charter.
The city's economy is dominated by three oil refineries. Furthermore, Billings is an important commercial and processing center mainly for cattle, wheat and sugar beet. Billings has two large hospitals and a variety of other medical facilities. There is an airport, the Billings Logan International Airport.
Even in education Billings is one of the most important cities in Montana. Major institutions of higher education are the Montana State University Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College, founded in 1927), the Montana State University - College of Technology as well as the Rocky Mountain College (founded in 1878).
The city is known for some tourists a starting point to Yellowstone National Park, to the Crow Indian Reservation and the National Cemetery and Memorial to the Battle of the Little Bighorn of 1876. Billings in itself you can visit the Yellowstone Art Museum. 6 km southeast of Billings is Pictograph Cave State Park, a more than 4500 year old cave system with fossils and ancient rock paintings.
The population figures are rounded.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Julie Brown, long-distance runner
- David Duncan, screenwriter and fiction writer
- Bob Enevoldsen, jazz trombonist, bassist and arranger
- Andrea Fraser, performance artist
- Jeff Kober, actor
- Norman Packard, physicists
- Denny Rehberg, politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives