Billings and Missoula are among some of the best and worst places to raise families, according to a study conducted by WalletHub.

The study was conducted by comparing 182 cities, including 150 most populated cities, in the United States. The study used five categories to rank each city: family fun, health and safety, education and childcare, housing and living affordability, and socio-economics.

The scholars conducting the study graded metrics on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable family life conditions. The study determined each city’s weighted average for all metrics to generate an overall score. The results were then used to rank each city, excluding cities in the surrounding area. 

Billings ranked at number 53, with a total score of 55.59. The city received 134 for family fun and 155 for health and safety. However, the city scored a 58 for education and childcare, 24 for overall affordability, and a 50 in socioeconomics. The results show that Billings scored high for family-friendly activities and health and safety services but scored relatively low for housing and living affordability. The city had a middle score for education, childcare access, and socioeconomics.

Missoula was ranked number 66 in the study, with an overall score of 54.16. Family fun was ranked at 94, health and safety at 35, 60 for education and childcare, 175 for affordability, and 131 for socioeconomics.  While Missoula scored lower than Billings for healthcare and family-oriented fun, their living affordability and social scores were significantly higher. 

Scholars collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and multiple other credible organizations.