Newspaper article The Billings Gazette (Billings, MT)

Gallup Ranks Billings No. 1 City in Job Satisfaction, 15th in Well-Being

Newspaper article The Billings Gazette (Billings, MT)

Gallup Ranks Billings No. 1 City in Job Satisfaction, 15th in Well-Being

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People in Billings are feeling pretty good, according to a 2013 survey released Tuesday by Gallup and Healthways that ranks the city of Billings as No. 1 in job satisfaction and No. 15 in overall well-being.

Results from the survey come from over 178,000 interviews. Those interviewed were asked to consider areas of their life such as emotional health, physical activity, work environment, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.

Out of the 189 cities that were ranked, Billings came out on top for job satisfaction and in the top one-third for well-being.

For Mayor Tom Hanel, those results come as no surprise.

Hanel said Billings is very fortunate. In comparison to other cities, he said, Billings has a lot of resources at its disposal.

"In the Billings area there's a variety of opportunity," Hanel said, listing industries such as farming, technology, medical and energy as reasons why Billings ranked so high in job satisfaction.

But that's just a part of the equation, he said.

The quality of people, the quality of education and the overall cost of living are all contributing factors, Hanel said.

He said the results are important for the future of the city, as they will help bolster and sustain a great quality of life.

Hanel said his favorite part of town is the historical district. He also loves "the vast amount of outdoor activities that are available," he said. "The walking, biking, parks, sporting events - all of it."

John Brewer, president and CEO of the Billings Chamber of Commerce, called the results "great news."

"It shows that our city is a healthy, safe place to live," he said.

Similar to Hanel, Brewer cited the city's quality of life - its diverse culture, its robust industry and its close proximity to the outdoors - as reasons for doing so well in the survey.

Brewer added, "You also have a general work ethic that you don't see in any other parts of the country." He says that work ethic is very attractive for businesses.

In terms of job satisfaction, noting the difficulty of beating first place, Brewer thinks Billings is on the right track. But in terms of wellbeing, there is some room for improvement. …

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