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Old 07-08-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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We are relocating to Billings, I have read quite a lot of posts on here but still gave some questions. How is housing? We would be renting for awhile. How are the small towns outside of Billings? What does a gallon of milk cost? What do we need to know before we move there?
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:09 PM
 
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Where are you moving from?
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Gas is $3.59/a gallon for regular (be careful, some stations have 85.5 octane as the lowest grade, and some have 87 octane. the price is the same).
milk is about $3.50 to $4/gallon, depending on the brand and the store.
There are many small towns within reasonable commuting distance of Billings. Look at your road atlas, then google the town that interests you.
Then, come back and ask specific questions about the town.
Good luck.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:04 PM
 
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Thanks for responding. We are moving from Grand Junction CO. My husband is away for weeks at a time so I need a safe neighborhood for me and the kids. We have researched Billings quiet a bit but we're not sure what side of town would be better for us. We want a quite, safe neighborhood. We would even consider living outside of Billing somewhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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There are town houses/condos on the West side that are very nice, IF you can stand living with a Home Owner's Association (no pets, no smoking, etc.). our youngest daughter and her family live in one of those. Such living is not for me!
Billing Heights has some very nice areas between Hilltop and Wicks Lane, on the hill, and between Wicks Lane and Lake Elmo State Park.
the North side of town has always been a good area.
the South side, not so much, but it has improved greatly over the last few years. My son lives there, in a newer development. It isn't bad, but too crowded for me.
There is a nice looking place on Hoskins road, not far from me, 4.22 acres, 3 bed 2 bath, garages, only $319,000. There are usually several such rural places for sale or possibly rent.
Huntley and Worden are nice little towns East of Billings.
Park City and Columbus and Laurel are West of Billings.
Broadview and Lavina are North of town.
There are several small towns to the South.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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I agree almost cvompletely with redraven, although I would be more cautious about the southside. There are some nice homes and small pockets of acceptable homes there. Many nice people live there. However, so do the worst of the worst. (I'll probably get flamed for this.) Let's put it this way: with so many other nice areas in and near town, why even consider the southside? I don't know if you have school age children, but that would settle the issue for me.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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We moved to the Heights a couple of weeks ago, and have been very happy so far. Most everything is conveniently located, and even Costco/Lowes/Home Depot which are on the other side of town are only 20 minutes or so away.

We looked at Laurel, and some other small places a short ways away from Billings, but decided against it given how frequently we would be coming to town for work/shopping/restaurants/etc.
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