Elevation is one of the most important geographical statistics of any town or city. It can have an influence on the city's weather and is also an important factor in town planning and architecture. Elevation refers to the height of an area above or below sea level. The city of Billings, MT is situated at an elevation of 3,123 feet (952 m), which is much higher than many other locations around the United States, especially the towns and cities along the east and west coasts, which are mostly situated at elevations of 500 feet (152 m) or less.
Billings' relatively high elevation is due to its inland location and the fact that it's part of Montana, which is generally one of the higher states. The mean elevation of the state of Montana is 3,400 feet (1,040 m), making it the eighth highest state overall. The elevation of Billings is therefore slightly lower than the state average. The highest point in the state is Granite Peak, located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Park County at an elevation of 12,807 feet (3,903.5 m). The lowest point in the state of Montana is found at the Kootenai River on the Idaho-Montana border at an elevation of 1,804 feet (550 m).
Other major cities around the state of Montana include Missoula, which has an elevation of 3,209 feet (978 m), Great Falls, which is situated in Cascade County at an elevation of 3,330 feet (1,015 m), Bozeman, which has an elevation of 4,820 feet (1,461 m), and Butte, which is situated at an elevation of 5,538 feet (1,688 m). So the city of Billings actually has the lowest elevation out of the top five most populous cities in MT.