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Billings ranked 7th happiest city in Montana (KTVQ-2)

Oct 30, 2014

from KTVQ-2, Billings

BILLINGS – A new survey has ranked the top ten happiest cities in Montana, and Billings residents can put a smile on their face.

The website CreditDonkey.com collected data from the U.S. Census and FBI crime statistics, and looked at seven factors for each one of Montana’s incorporated cities and towns. Those factors were restaurants, crime rate, commute, departure time, income, divorce rate and housing.

Rebecca Lake at CreditDonkey.com wrote:

Between the spectacular views and truly epic sunsets, Montana really is a little corner of paradise on earth. The winters may be cold, but the people are warm, especially those living in our 10 favorite spots in Big Sky Country. These are the places where residents have the most reasons to be happy, from the range of dining options to the low crime rates, lower likelihood of divorce, and housing they can actually afford.

With all of the data collated, Billings ranked as the 7th-happiest in Montana.

The survey said of Billings:

Billings is Montana’s largest city, with right around 107,000 residents and thousands of visitors pouring in each year to take in surrounding attractions like the Custer National Forest and the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Aside from being packed with things to see and do, Billings is also an outstanding choice if you’re on the hunt for a job or looking for a good place to raise a family.

When it comes to overall livability and happiness, Miles City in eastern Montana topped the list.

Here are the top ten:

  1. Missoula
  2. Belgrade
  3. Whitefish
  4. Billings
  5. Laurel
  6. Great Falls
  7. Helena
  8. Bozeman
  9. Havre
  10. Miles City

Click here to read the complete report.