The city of Billings is located in southwest Montana and is the state’s largest city and urban area. The city’s population is over 100,000 as of 2010, and its metro area carried over 162,000. Its trade area, which services local industry, is even larger, at half a million. Billings is also the county seat for Yellowstone County, which has experienced large growth in recent years. The city’s industries have done very well even through the recession, with the discovery of oil and natural gas in the region.
Billings has several options for transportation, especially in the heart of the city. Unique to most North American cities, the Billings Logan International Airport is actually situated very close to the city’s downtown area. The city’s public transit options come in the form of rail and bus. Billings has a large railroad system that still serves the cities freight and passenger needs. The Billings METropolitan Transit is a bus service that makes its service accessible to the elderly and disabled through wheelchair lifts.