Home to both the largest elk herd and the largest coal reserve, when moving to Wyoming, you’ll find it’s as rich in scenery as it is in natural resources. Wyoming is a state proud of its equality, history and culture, with a future as carefully balanced as the rodeo stars who compete at the state’s county fairs!
The following tips will help make your move to Wyoming a successful one.
Moving permits are not required when moving to Wyoming.
The best time of year for moving to WY is the fall, when it’s less rainy and the temperatures aren’t as extreme as during the summer and winter.
If you’re moving to Wyoming to areas around the national parks, allow yourself plenty of time. Tourist traffic can lead to congested roads at all times of year.
All of the cities in Wyoming host well-attended festivals and events, such as the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne. Pay attention to your city’s calendar to avoid delays or getting stuck in the crowds.
If you’re moving to WY, you’ll soon find out summers are extremely hot and winters are extremely cold. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order, with sound tires, as well as fully functioning brakes and radiator.
Between urban areas, there are long stretches of road without service areas. Make sure to bring plenty of water, and if you must stop along the way, don’t stray too far from your car.
Many cities in Wyoming require licenses for both dogs and cats. Call your local city to find out what you need to do to safely bring your pet with you.
Remember to change your address online with USPS before moving to WY so that your mail makes it to your new home with you.
Cities and Metro Areas
Whether you’re moving to Wyoming for its natural surroundings, its historical heritage or its cutting-edge energy sector, you’ll have plenty of cities to choose from when deciding on a new home. There’s the state capital, Cheyenne, with its rich cultural heritage and bustling city life, and laid-back Laramie, the university town. Other cities to consider are Jackson, close to the national parks, as well as Rock Springs and Gillette, two rapidly expanding energy hubs.
Cost of Living
The quality of life in Wyoming is enhanced by clean air and water, as well as some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in America. While this is enough to sell many on moving to the state, it’s still important to consider how the cost of living in Wyoming will affect your personal finances. Factors such as local and state taxes, the availability of housing and natural resources, as well as the local production of food and goods all impact the cost of living in each state, which varies significantly across the country.
Highways and Public Transport
Moving to Wyoming means moving to a predominantly rural state; but fortunately, it’s one that takes every measure to keep the infrastructure in good working order and all areas accessible. When planning your route, always check with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to see if the roads are clear, especially in winter, when snowfall can make driving hazardous. After moving to WY, consider taking public transportation to work as a more affordable and equally efficient alternative to commuting.
- Roads: Three Interstates (in the south and east), 13 US highways and the Wyoming state highway system cross the state and make most inhabited areas accessible.
- Railroads: Railroads are predominantly used for freight in Wyoming.
- Public Transportation: The Wyoming Pubic Transit Association provides regular bus service within cities and counties.
- Airports: Casper/Natrona County International Airport and Jackson Hole Airport are the biggest and busiest ports for passenger travel. Most cities have regional airports that cater to both passenger and freight planes.
The Equality State has a low unemployment rate: only 5.8 percent at the beginning of 2012, almost 3 percent lower than the US average. This is in large part thanks to the continued expansion of the energy and mining sectors, which not only provide these types of Wyoming jobs, but also create jobs in supporting sectors such as education and healthcare. In addition, there are both seasonal and permanent jobs in Wyoming tourism throughout the entire state.
With a semi-arid, continental climate, Wyoming is one of the driest and windiest states, with an average rainfall throughout the state of less than 10 inches per year, most of it in late spring and early summer. If you’re moving to Wyoming, you’ll find some extreme temperatures as well. Summers average between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, while at night, the temperature plummets.
Winters are cold and snowy, with elevation making it colder in some places, but warm Chinook winds can bring unexpected warmer air. Spring and summer are also when you can expect thunderstorms and, in the southeast, even tornadoes. Listen carefully to the local weather reports when moving to WY during these seasons!
There are a number of good educational institutes to choose from if you’re moving to Wyoming.
- Elementary Schools: Fort Casper Academy in Casper, Henderson Elementary in Cheyenne and Highland Park Elementary are among the top five elementary schools.
- High Schools: Three of the top-ranked high schools are Big Horn High School in Big Horn, Star Valley High School in Afton and Jackson Hole High School in Jackson.
- Higher Education: Students moving to WY can attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie or Casper College, which acts as a satellite college of UW. Other higher educational institutions include the University of Phoenix and the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in Cheyenne, and most cities have community colleges that offer for-credit courses.
Before moving to Wyoming, visit Wyoming’s Official State website for information about living and working here.
- Wyoming doesn’t levy an excise tax. However, it does levy property taxes on the state and local levels. Fortunately, this is offset by Wyoming’s lack of income taxation.
- There are no toll roads here.
- After moving to Wyoming, you can register to vote through your city or county clerk’s office by sending in a voter registration form. You can also register at the polls on Election Day.
- Wastewater and sewer are regulated by each city’s Public Service Commission. Trash and recycling are picked up curbside twice a week, and can be separated into compost, landfill trash and recyclables.
- The Wyoming Department of Transportation requires that you obtain a WY driver license within 120 visiting days or as soon as you’ve secured employment after moving to WY. You must register your vehicle within 30 days of becoming a resident, and the costs vary depending on its year, make and model. It costs $9 to transfer an out-of-state title, $5 for a VIN inspection and $10 to record any lien.