City of Casper, WY
Casper is located in Natrona County in Wyoming. The median income is $54,914 and the median home value is $180,500. The unemployment rate is 5.32% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 17.1 minutes each day. The population is 92.8% White, 0.9% Black, 1.0% American Indian, 1.0% Asian, and 4.4% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Casper, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Casper has a Walk Score® of 36.
Median Household Income$54,914
Median Home Price$180,500
The Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center, known locally as “The Nic,” offers free admission to its 25,000-square-foot space in the remodeled Mountain States Power Company building, which dates to 1924. The annual Nic Fest draws thousands to the museum and adjoining grounds for live music, activities including the Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition and a sale of works by artists from across the nation. The museum also holds an annual art show and sale in November as well as Wednesday Night Live, an eight-week, summer concert series.
The Science Zone in Casper, WY provides informal science education for kids of all ages or even just kids at heart. This educational museum was launched through Casper City Council’s program, Casper’s Vision 2000. The Science Zone now meets the city’s needs for a hands-on experience where kids and adults can expand their knowledge of science, math, and technology that’s affordable too.
Travel beyond earth's orbit during the star-studded shows at the Casper Planetarium.
Good grub, whether uptown, down-home or fast food, is in good supply in Casper. Bar-and-grill-style eateries abound, as do steakhouses and cafes where a cup of joe might be served with a homemade treat on the side. Steak, a Western staple, is the specialty at Poor Boys Steakhouse. Here, Chef Jared Gonzalez, aka “Keeper of the Flame,” promises “good food cooked right, the Western way…with fire.” Sure they offer chicken and fish, but one look at a sizzling steak and one’s inner cowboy will be hard-pressed to resist.
The Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo is among the biggest and best celebrations in the Wild West.
Casper calls itself the Adventure Capital, and they aren’t kidding. The mountain town sports indoor and outdoor adventures ranging from serene to good-for-you scary. Skiers don’t have to go far for slope-style adventure. Hogadon Ski Area is just 15 minutes away and city-ownership means season passes are affordable. Mid-week skiers and snowboarders enjoy the perks of residency, swishing down quiet slopes.
The North Platte River provides an ideal channel for some of the water’s greatest adventures in Casper, WY. From fly-fishing and kayaking to extreme white water rafting, the possibilities are endless on the expanses of this more than 122-mile tributary of the Platte River.