Best Places to Live in Wyoming

Cody, Cheyenne are two of many great choices.

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The Cowboy State is known for beautiful scenery, Western culture, low taxes and tourism attractions, and these 10 cities offer a great quality of life:

Cody

Named after William Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill), Cody retains its Western flair and pioneer spirit through several activities. For example, the city hosts an annual Cody Stampede Rodeo, and tourism is the leading industry by far. Residents and visitors have convenient access to Yellowstone Regional Airport.

Jackson

A robust tourism sector thanks to ski venues such as Snow King Resort is what helps propel the economy of Jackson, which also serves as a major gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Jackson has numerous shopping and restaurant options in its town square district.

Riverton

Named for four rivers that meet there, Riverton is home to Central Wyoming College and a highly regarded Fremont County School District #25. Conveniences include good healthcare along with Riverton Regional Airport, and outdoor recreation opportunities include skiing, hiking, ice skating, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, golfing and swimming.

Sheridan

Always ranked high on lists of top Western cities, Sheridan offers a vibrant economy highlighted by banking, education, farming, healthcare, mining and retail. Sheridan has 10 parks and 10 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and each July the community showcases a highly successful WYO Rodeo.

Casper

At the foot of Casper Mountain is Casper, a regional center for banking, commerce and retail. Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” for its long oil and cowboy history, and quality of life perks include two-year Casper College and a number of good restaurants and entertainment venues.

Gillette

Because of vast quantities of coal, oil and methane gas, Gillette is a major energy-producing city. Residents are privy to livability amenities like Keyhole State Park, Gillette-Campbell County Airport and two-year Gillette College, and the city is a tourism destination thanks to its sprawling Cam-Plex recreation and activities center.

Rock Springs

A strong economy based on oil and natural gas mining highlights life in Rock Springs, home to Western Wyoming Community College. Luxuries include Bunning Park, Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport and a high-achieving Sweetwater County School District #1, and each summer the city hosts a Wyoming's Big Show county fair.

Cheyenne

The capital of Wyoming, Cheyenne's high elevation makes it one of the windiest cities in America and ideal for the wind energy industry. State government and the F.E. Warren Air Force Base are two major economic contributors, and the city features a 37-mile Greater Cheyenne Greenway system.

Laramie

Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming is Laramie, home to the University of Wyoming as well as Wyoming Technical Institute and a branch of Laramie County Community College. Laramie Regional Airport serves the community, and residents can enjoy 14 city parks and an abundance of outdoor activities.

Green River

In the southwest corner of Wyoming is Green River, with many places for fishing, hunting, camping, mountain biking and hiking. The economy is buoyed by the mining industry, and amenities include an Apache Trail Park, Wilkins Peak Trails and a campus of Western Wyoming Community College.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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