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Best Cities 2010: Billings, MT

City: Billings

State: Montana

Best Cities Overall Rank: 16

About Billings: Thousands of visitors stop by on their way to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand  Teton National Park, and the Little Bighorn National Monument.

Billings had a 6% unemployment rate in 2010 and is ranked 99 for Best Jobs amongst our city picks.

County: Yellowstone

Population: 103,994

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Visitor's bureau website The Billings Gazette

Billings blogs:

Billings 365

Super Dooper Cute

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Education rank: 65

High School graduation rate 2008: 85%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.96

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 270

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.6

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8, 548.5

 

Health rank: 41

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.96

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 59

Violent Crimes, 2008: 272

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 261.55

Sex Offenders: 852

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 819.28

 

Economy rank: 2   

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 15.69      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 6         

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 314.46

Median Home List Price: $200,000                    

 

Recreation Rank:  17

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,596         

Parkland per 100,000: 2,496.29

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