Living and Working
Living and working under the Big Sky fuels an outdoor lifestyle. You’ll find sunshine, room-to-roam and a safe environment to raise a family. Bring your fly rod, bike, backpack and skis. Crowds are small, reservations usually unnecessary, and you won’t need binoculars to spot wildlife. Forty-five of Montana’s 56 counties have six or fewer people per square mile.
Montana’s large size and sparse population are hard to imagine without taking a field trip across the state. On a map of the United States, if you placed the northwest corner of Montana over the city of Chicago, the southeastern corner of the state would land on Washington, D.C.
American Indians are the largest minority population in the state, making up about 6 percent of the total population. Of Montana’s seven reservations, the Crow and the Northern Cheyenne reservations are both close to Billings.
The city of Billings and its vibrant downtown lie in a valley edged by sandstone cliffs and shaped by the Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. The Beartooth Mountains, with Montana’s highest peak, rise as a snowcapped backdrop. From Billings, you can see six mountain ranges: Beartooth, Pryor, Big Horn, Bull, Crazies, and Big Snowy mountains.