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Retirement Living In Billings and southeast Montana

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Area Description

Ask residents about what they love about the city of Billings and you’ll more than likely get a plethora of responses that in some way all relate to the goodness of the people in the community. Billings is Montana’s Trailhead. Whether you choose Billings because of its resilient economy, education and medical opportunities, low crime rate, strong housing market, or the history and wonderful leisure ventures, you’ll find the people who do business here, raise their families here, retire here, and/or play here – genuinely enjoy the community in which they live.

The Billings area has evolved into a center of commerce with a great small town feel. It’s large enough to experience the community at your own pace, but small enough to still run into friends at the grocery store. In Billings, business is booming, people are enjoying life and the scenery is as original as the people.

Billings is a regional hub of commerce for an area that stretches in excess of 125,000 square miles. The city is a destination for consumers because it provides goods and services to a vast region. Billings is energized. It embraces its history, but looks forward to the future.

Billings, the county seat of Yellowstone County, was named after Frederick Billings who was the President of the Northern Pacific Railroad from 1879 to 1881. The city was nicknamed, the “Magic City,” not long after it was founded in 1882, because of the immediate growth in population. More than a century later, Billings is a vibrant city with a population that nearly doubles every thirty years. As the city matures, transportation continues to play a major role in the economy. With the excellent rail, road and air transportation, industry thrives here.

Agriculture plays a vital role in the Billings economy. The Western Sugar Cooperative Plant processes a multi-million dollar crop of sugar beets every year. Sugar beet farmers from all across the area, deliver their sugar beets to the WS Coop plant. You can always tell when it is fall because the sweet smell of sugar-making sweeps across the city with every cool breeze. Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry and Billings plays a major role in maintaining that statistic. Livestock auctions, agriculture supply stores, and well maintained roads help support farmers and ranchers in a large radius of the region.

Energy also plays a vital role in the local, state and regional economies. A wealth of long-term energy resources has resulted in utility rates that are among some of the lowest in the nation.

Three oil refineries make Billings and Yellowstone County the oil-refining capital of the northern Rockies. Exxon-Mobil and Conoco-Phillips operate refineries in the Billings area, while Cenex-Harvest States runs an operation 20 miles west in Laurel. Coal is a rich natural resource and water is plentiful and of excellent quality.

In addition to its role as a trade, service and energy mecca, the educational and medical communities provide tremendous options and opportunities for residents and people in outlying communities. Quality education can be found at all levels of curriculum. From pre-school diplomas to doctorates, Billings offers a full spectrum of top quality educational opportunities. The Billings Public School System is the largest in the state and boasts some of the most qualified educators in the nation. Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, University of Mary and the newly expanded MSU Billings College of Technology all offer innovative and competitive degree programs that draw students from across the region.

The city’s medical corridor provides the most advanced healthcare services in a four-state area, including Wyoming and the Dakotas. Two fully equipped and modern hospitals, St. Vincent Health Care and the Billings Clinic, offer care from a staff of doctors and healthcare specialists who have received national attention for their medical achievements. There are also 40 medical clinics, some that focus on homeopathic care. Hundreds of physicians offer quality care in every major medical specialty. A complete range of medical services, surgical services, and emergency care are available in the heart of the city.

If you like to play, you’re sure to enjoy Billings’ playgrounds. From the gorgeous Rimrocks to free-flowing Yellowstone River, you can walk the dog, ride your bike, run like crazy and enjoy the beauty of Billings’ big sky. The recreational opportunities are endless in the greater Billings area. You can take up an outdoor hobby in each of the four seasons. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting, golfing, rafting, bird-watching, boating and much more. You can enjoy a long hike and then hit the town for a first-class dinner at one of the area restaurants. Want to enjoy nature in your vehicle? Take a Sunday drive on the gorgeous Beartooth Scenic Bi-way or Chief Joseph pass. Yellowstone National Park is one of the world’s most incredible scenic wonders and it’s a short Montana drive. Want to take in some history? Head to Pompey’s Pillar, just 20 miles east of Billings, to check out part of the journey along the Lewis and Clark trail. You can also head south to historic Little Bighorn National Monument.

Billings is where the plains meet the mountains. You can work hard all week and play all weekend. Enjoy rugged mountains, wildlife areas, open vistas, spectacular scenery and meet friendly, helpful people along the way.

Billings is Montana’s city. Shaped by the Yellowstone River and sheltered by the Rims. Billings is the cradle of progressive regional commerce providing healthcare, transportation, diverse educational opportunities, cuisine, arts and culture. A place of forever views, forever memories and the adventure of the untamed wilderness and history right out your front door.

Billings connects you to warm, genuine, hardworking people who possess a perspective on life that is uniquely Montanan and inherently individual. People who look you in the eye and take time to welcome you home.

Billings is the starting point for business growth, development and the gateway to finding community and raising a family. It’s a place to explore the many adventures Montana has to offer and still be home for dinner.

Learn about culture and entertainment, area events, parks and outdoor recreation, points of interest and more at VisitBillings.com.

Includes Cities/Towns: Billings, Laurel.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Billings and southeast Montana?

For those of you that retire in Billings and southeast Montana, you will have colder temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 20's and highs in the upper 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Billings and southeast Montana such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring. Assume a few days of snow with a few days of snow remaining on the ground.

Summertime in Billings and southeast Montana is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Expect some days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Billings and southeast Montana, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  16  27  38
 Feb  19  31  42
 Mar  26  38  51
 Apr  34  47  60
 May  43  56  69
 Jun  51  65  78
 Jul  57  73  88
 Aug  55  71  86
 Sep  46  60  75
 Oct  35  48  61
 Nov  25  36  47
 Dec  16  26  37

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  4
 Feb  0  25  2
 Mar  0  23  1
 Apr  0  12  0
 May  0  2  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  13  0  0
 Aug  11  0  0
 Sep  3  1  0
 Oct  0  10  0
 Nov  0  23  1
 Dec  0  29  4

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  5  13 %
 Feb  1 "  6  15 %
 Mar  1 "  7  21 %
 Apr  2 "  9  27 %
 May  2 "  11  37 %
 Jun  2 "  11  44 %
 Jul  1 "  7  47 %
 Aug  1 "  6  44 %
 Sep  1 "  7  37 %
 Oct  1 "  7  30 %
 Nov  1 "  6  20 %
 Dec  1 "  6  13 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  8 "  15  5
 Feb  6 "  9  5
 Mar  9 "  6  5
 Apr  5 "  2  3
 May  1 "  0  1
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  1 "  0  0
 Oct  3 "  1  2
 Nov  6 "  7  4
 Dec  8 "  14  6

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