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Welcome to Wyoming

You're in the Cowboy State now. Wyoming is home to mountains, plains, National Parks, and you guessed it...cowboys. But it's also home to highly respected institutions of higher learning, strategic mineral and energy operations, and lot's of breathing room. Wyoming is the 10th largest state, but it is the least populated state with just about 572,380 residents. That makes Wyoming the least densely populated state after Alaska.

That also makes Wyoming the perfect place for anyone sick and tired of the urban lifestyle and anyone who wants to get away from it all and live amongst some of the most spectacular natural formations our nation has to offer. Outdoor recreation and wildlife appreciation alone make Wyoming an amazing place to live for the few hundred thousands folks who call it home.

Are you ready to join them? Keep reading and you'll find out soon enough.

Wyoming Self-Storage Facts

Because it is the least populated state in the country and self-storage is an industry that thrives on population growth, the Wyoming self-storage industry is not all that large. But its bigger than you might think with an estimated 174 self-storage facilities. That is enough space to provide 7.56 square feet of self-storage space per person, a big jump over the national average of 5.4 square feet per person. That might suggest an oversupplied market in the state. A nationwide expansion of self-storage development has taken place over the last few years, leading developers to seek new opportunities wherever they can–even in Wyoming where students, tourism and retirees help fuel demand.

Below are some statistics that provide an overview of the self-storage industry in Wyoming:

Below are some statistics that provide an overview of the self-storage industry in Wyoming:

174

Wyoming is home to an estimated 174 self-storage facilities.

4,407,893

Wyoming self-storage facilities cover 4,407,893 square feet of storage space.

7.56

Wyoming storage facilities offer 7.56 square feet of storage per person, which is higher than the national average of 5.4 square feet per person.

Reasons to Move to Wyoming

Wyoming isn't for everybody, but for those that love it you couldn't pry them away if they tried. See if you are ready to become Wyomingite if any of the following reasons to move appeal to you.

1

Yellowstone National Park. One of the most visited National Parks in the country will be in your own backyard. Witness the Old Faithful geyser, incredible wild life and breathtaking vistas whenever you want.

2

Small town feel. If you aren't alone in the wilderness, you're most definitely in a small town.

3

Low population. Wyoming is the state with the lowest population, which means if you really want to be alone you can. Remote living is big draw for many of the state's residents who just want to be left alone by everyone else.

4

You won't believe the stars. Due to its low population, Wyoming has barely any light pollution. That makes it one of the best destinations for stargazing in the United States.

5

Keep up with Kanye. Speaking of stars, you might know that rapper and mogul Kanye West recently bought a massive ranch outside of Cody where he has brought his entourage and spouse Kim Kardashian along with him to record music and enjoy the serenity that only Wyoming can provide.

6

Weekends in Denver. As a Wyomingite you'll have to cross state lines into Denver to experience big city life. Thankfully the Mile High City is less than two hours from Cheyenne.

7

Rocky Mountain high. More than two-thirds of the state is in the Rocky Mountain Range, providing ample opportunities to camp, hike and fish.

8

Your vote actually counts more. Because all states get three electoral votes when choosing the president regardless of population, Wyomingites have a disproportionate number of electors per capita. For example, each of California's 55 electors represent more than 700,000 people each while Wyoming's three electors represent 192,000 people each.

9

Ranch life. Wyoming is full of working ranches. If you truly want to live the cowboy way of life, there is no better place to do it.

10

Higher education. An affordable education is in your grasp when you attended one of the state's dozen or so colleges and universities. The University of Wyoming in Cheyenne is the biggest with more than 12,800 students.

Moving to Wyoming

Wyoming has grown slowly over the last several years, with population growth of 1.4 percent from 2010 to 2018. From 2018 to 2019 the population actually fell 0.93 percent. Wyoming is the most sparsely populated state in the lower 48, with just 5.85 people every square mile. Wyoming has seen the most growth in areas that attract tourists, such as Teton County. Wyoming experiences boom and bust cycles in the energy sector, but a growing emphasis on wind power projects could provide more stability in the future as Wyoming has among the highest wind power generation potential in the U.S.

Wyoming Economic Outlook

Wyoming has a GDP of $39.7 billion, making it not too surprisingly the smallest state economy in the country. But Wyoming residents don't have too bad with a household median income of $60,434–slightly more than the national average. The state has a disproportionate number of high net worth individuals such as Dick Cheney and Walmart founding family member Christy Walton. The state has a low unemployment rate at 3.8 percent as of September 2019.

Below is a breakdown of the largest sectors of the Wyoming economy by real added GDP

$6.9 billion
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
$6.4 billion
Government and government enterprises
$4.5 billion
Real estate and rental and leasing
$3.4 billion
Transportation and warehousing
$2.3 billion
Construction

Who are Wyoming's Largest Employers?

EMPLOYER
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
University of Wyoming in Laramie
3,720
Omega Probe Inc in Cheyenne
2,200
Sheridan College in Gillette
2,000
Jackson Hole in Wilson
1,400
Cloud Peak Energy in Gillette
1,300

Places to live in Wyoming

Wyoming spreads across 97,914 square miles, the 10th largest state in the country. Wyoming is split between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The state actually lies on what is a great plateau that is broken up by a smattering of various mountain ranges such as the Wind River Mountain Range, the Tetons, the Big Horn Mountains and others. The Continental Divide cuts a line through the state that runs north to south. More than 48 percent of the state is located on federal land. The Wind River Indian Reservation is shared by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho who combined number around 7,500.

Cheyenne

Cheyenne is Wyoming's biggest city with nearly 64,000 inhabitants. The city continues to grow steadily each year as part of the expanding Front Range Urban Corridor that stretches from Cheyenne to Pueblo, CO south of Denver. The so-called "Magic City of the Plains" offers higher learning, incredible parks, and modern amenities. Cheyenne is the state capital of Wyoming.

Cost of living
5 percent lower than the national average
Median home price
$295,000
Average rent
$794 per month

Casper

With a population just over 57,000, Casper is Wyoming's second largest city by population. The city was originally founded as Fort Caspar, a military outpost established to protect settlers immigrating from other parts of America. Casper is a regional hub for banking and business as well as the the center of the state's oil industry. The median household income in Casper is $57,511.

Cost of living
4.5 percent lower than the national average
Median home price
$216,000
Average rent
$867 per month

Jackson

Jackson has more than 10,500 permanent residents, but as the center of the state's tourism industry Jackson plays host to many more. The city is close to three major ski resorts, and it is also close to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Arts and entertainment flourish here like no where else in the state where wealthy patrons and donors abound. The city is a playground of sorts for the rich and powerful, so living here is not cheap.

Cost of living
77.8 percent higher than the national average
Median home price
$1.6 million
Average rent
$1,933 per month

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