Billings, Montana

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Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montana, and is located in the south-central portion of the state. Billings is experiencing rapid growth; it has had the largest actual growth of any City in Montana with an increase in population of 15,998 since 2000.[4] The 2009 Census population estimates put Billings's population at 105,845.[1] The only city in Montana to surpass 100,000 people,[4] it is the 60th fastest growing city out of the 272 cities in the U.S. with populations over 100,000.[5] Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone County[6] and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area, the largest metropolitan area in over 500 miles (800 km). It is the largest metropolitan area between Denver, Colorado and Calgary, Alberta and between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Spokane, Washington.

Billings was nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882. The city is named for Frederick H. Billings, a former president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. With one of the largest trade areas in the United States,[7] Billings is the trade and distribution center for most of Montana, Northern Wyoming and western portions of North Dakota and South Dakota. Billings is also the retail destination for much of the same area. With more hotel accommodations then any area within a five state region, the city hosts a variety of conventions, concerts, sporting events and other rallies.[8]

Area attractions include Yellowstone National Park, Pompey's Pillar, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Pictograph Cave (Billings, Montana), Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Zoo Montana, Red Lodge Mountain Resort and the Beartooth Highway.


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