Best Places to Live

Laramie, WY

Population: 31,879
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Offering peace, quiet and wide open spaces, Laramie is a dream come true for those lucky enough to live here. People tend to come for the fresh air and gorgeous mountain views, but they stay for the eclectic and tight-knit community they find in town.

Laramie received a high rating in economics and education thanks in large part to the University of Wyoming’s excellent academic programs, job opportunities and help stimulating the local business scene. Whether you’re a student or a longtime local, there’s so much to love about Laramie.

Local Obsession: Poker Runs, in which participants visit several checkpoints to receive playing cards and whoever has the best poker hand at the end wins!

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Brutal winters and dreamy mountain views

Median Home Value: $225,125

Top Industries and Employers: The city’s top industry is higher education, with the University of Wyoming providing an abundance of local jobs.

Local Dream Job: Cowboy/cowgirl, natch!

Quintessential Meal: Two words: prime rib.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Residents love coming out to support the University of Wyoming football team.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Sweet Melissa Cafe and Front Street Tavern

Best Brewery: Coal Creek Tap

Beloved Bookstore: The Second Story

Free Way to Have Fun: Outdoor adventure! Laramie offers easy access to virtually every outdoor activity you can think of, much of which is totally free!

- Claire Hannum

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“I love living in Laramie because it’s a small town with a lot of the advantages of a bigger city —  cultural happenings, music, plays, etc. Also the surrounding mountains offer a perfect escape summer and winter.”

- Melissa Murphy, owner of Sweet Melissa Cafe and Front Street Tavern

Laramie, WY Ranking Data

Civic
82
Demographics
30
Economy
69
Education
66
Health
65
Housing
65
Infrastructure
68