The Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to announce Billings has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of 10 Great Places to Live for 2013. The rankings place an emphasis on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of one million or less that have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care. The rankings appear in Kiplinger's September 2013 issue--on newsstands August 6, 2013--and available online now.
Billings, Montana, ranked #6, was selected for its exceptional housing market and low unemployment rate, coupled with a diverse and well-maintained trail system, low crime rate, outstanding health care facilities, a vibrant economy and a wide variety of other quality of life amenities.
"This ranking from Kiplinger really embraces what locals already know about Billings: we are an energetic community on the cusp of major growth and development. With our regional economy and enthusiastic business district, Billings is able to grow rapidly and responsibly, while maintaining our small-town roots," explained Chamber/CVB President and CEO, John Brewer.
"Each year we take a look at America's cities and choose those that stand out in a particular category--say, for raising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement," says Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "The cities in this year's rankings have a manageable size combined with a wide range of benefits that allow residents to enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle."
Web visitors will find special features, including a tool to find your best city, a slide show of the 10 Great Places to Live--including picks of what the locals love--and a tool to see how your city stacks up against Kiplinger's picks. In addition, the ranking will be listed with Kiplinger's other city rankings in the Best Cities, States & Places special report available at kiplinger.com/links/bestcities. Join the online conversation by using the #KipCities hashtag.