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Billings is the largest city in the U.S. state of Montana, located in the south-central portion of the state.
Billings is rapidly growing; as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 89,847 and
a 2006 estimate indicates the city's population has grown to 100,148.
It is the 60th fastest growing city out of the 259 cities in the U.S. with populations over 100,000,
of which Billings is #259, the smallest.
Billings is the county seat of Yellowstone County and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area.
In terms of population, it is the largest metropolitan area in Montana.
It is nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882.
Billings is named for Frederick H. Billings, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Due to Billings' status as the largest city in a 500-mile (800 km) radius that includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming,
South Dakota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Alberta and inside a circle that includes Spokane, Boise,
Salt Lake City, Denver, Sioux Falls, Fargo, Minneapolis, Regina, and Calgary, it serves as a shopping and
accommodation center for area residents and highway travelers.
The city's proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Pompey's Pillar, and the area where the Battle of the
Little Bighorn was fought also draws visitors, especially during the summer months. BestLife Magazine,
new from the editors of Men's Health, recently ranked Billings the 3rd best place in the U.S. to raise a family.
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