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Nearest city: Billings
Median household income: $56,654
Billings, the state's largest city and near Yellowstone National Park, has low crime and a strong, energy-fed economy thanks in part to three nearby oil refineries. Billings is surrounded by mountain ranges and the Yellowstone River runs through the city, allowing for hiking, fishing, skiing, rafting, bird-watching, and boating opportunities.
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