Moving to Wyoming

Wyoming is a state of wonderful, rugged American wilderness and free-range living, but it’s much more than just ranchers and Old West culture. Known as a great place for retirees and outdoors types, this northwestern state offers reasonable cost of living, low taxes, boundless natural beauty, and the list goes on. It is also a large state with the country’s smallest population. If you’re big on the outdoors and enjoy wide-open spaces (as well as breathtaking national parks like Yellowstone), the Cowboy State might be your kind of perfect!

Wondering about a move to Wyoming? Great Guys Long Distance Movers is here to lend a helping hand. Check out the following WY moving guide, separated into four informative sections:

  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to WY
  2. Top Places to Live in the Northwestern State
  3. Helpful Interstate Moving Checklist
  4. Great Guys Wyoming Moving Services
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Living in Wyoming: What to Know Before Moving to Wyoming

Considering a move to The Cowboy State? Below, you’ll find a wealth of information on the 10th largest state (97,814 square miles) and the least populated state in America (with less than 580,000 residents).

Pros and Cons of Living in Wyoming

Pros: 

  • House prices: The median home value in the state of Wyoming is a highly affordable $232,000. Without surprise, the market is very hot now.
  • Low taxes: If you currently live in a state with high taxes, you’re in luck. Along with one of the lowest property tax rates in the US, there’s also no income tax.
  • Grand nature: If you like nature and outdoor recreation, you’ll have it here! Plus, there are four distinct seasons. Enjoy year-round activities: hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and much more.
  • No traffic: Traffic? What traffic? As the least densely populated state in the country, there simply aren’t that many vehicles on the roads.
  • Clean air: Those coming from more congested areas will literally be able to breathe a sigh of (fresh) relief. Casper and Cheyenne have some of the best air quality in America.
  • National parks galore: As previously mentioned, the world’s oldest national park (Yellowstone) is found here, along with five other awe-inspiring national park service sites.
  • Western food & culture: From bison burgers and fried elk steak to ranchers and rodeos, Wyomingites pride themselves on riding the torch of Old West heritage into the future.

Cons:

  • Severe weather: From harsh winter to hail and flash flooding, Big Wyoming has big, bad storms. Best to be prepared with the right gear for inclement weather.
  • Remoteness: Again, this is a sparsely populated state at under 600,000 inhabitants. There tends to be a lot of space between you and the next neighbor, store, hospital, or town.
  • Lack of diversity: Though the state strives to be inclusive (and even adopted the nickname The Equality State), 92% of the population is white.
  • Workplace danger: Found to be the most dangerous US state to work in 2018, Wyoming has a high rate of workplace fatalities due to cattle and even moose.
  • No large cities: With a population of approximately 63,000, Cheyenne is the most populated city in the state. If you’re looking for a metropolis, this might not be the right fit.
  • Limited shopping: This may not seem like a big issue, but it can be extremely challenging finding what you need here, from clothes to electronics and everything in between.
  • Weird laws: Every state has them, and Wyoming is no exception. For example, you can get a heavy fine for not closing a gate. Also, you aren’t allowed to photograph pollution.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.61%. The effective real-estate tax rate in Wyoming is the 9th lowest in the country.
  • Sales Tax: 4%. Combined with local taxes, the rate ranges from 4% to 6%.
  • Income Tax: 0%. There is no income tax in the state of Wyoming.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? In general, it is cheaper to rent than buy a house in Wyoming State. According to The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home in Every State by HowMuch.net, the average mortgage is $1,200, and the average monthly rent is a little over $1,000.

  • Median Home Value: $232,000
  • Median Rental Expense: $614 (1BR), $789 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Wyoming:

  1. Worland
  2. Saratoga
  3. Lyman
  4. Marbleton
  5. Basin
  6. Guernsey
  7. Kemmerer
  8. Mountain View
  9. Greybull
  10. Thermopolis

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Wyoming by BestPlaces, Wyoming has a cost of living index of 105.6. This index is higher than the national average of 100.

Using EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Wyoming cities. We’ll use a family of four for the examples (2 adults + 2 children). 

Cheyenne:

  1. Housing = $883
  2. Food = $751
  3. Childcare = $1,634
  4. Transportation = $1,182
  5. Healthcare = $1,381
  6. Other necessities = $659
  7. Taxes = $835
  8. Grand total = $7,325 per month or $87,897 per year

Casper:

  1. Housing = $871
  2. Food = $751
  3. Childcare = $1,619
  4. Transportation = $1,192
  5. Healthcare = $1,495
  6. Other necessities = $655
  7. Taxes = $857
  8. Grand total = $7,439 per month or $89,273 per year

Sheridan:

  1. Housing = $889
  2. Food = $820
  3. Childcare = $1,669
  4. Transportation = $1,238
  5. Healthcare = $1,494
  6. Other necessities = $689
  7. Taxes = $909
  8. Grand total = $7,708 per month or $92,499 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

Located in the mountain region of the Western United States, Wyoming has a semiarid and continental climate. The landlocked state experiences warm summers and cold winters. Its overall climate is drier and windier compared to most of the country, and there are greater temperature extremes. 

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall – 13 inches
  2. Average snowfall – 56 inches
  3. Sunshine – 222 sunny days
  4. Summer high – 85°F (July)
  5. Winter low – 10°F (January)

Wyoming is ranked the fourth least prone state to natural disasters in the nation. It has experienced about 30 natural disasters since the early 1950s. This number is extremely low compared to the #1 most prone state, Texas (with 254 natural disasters). Nonetheless, the state still faces several risks.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Landslides
  2. Avalanches
  3. Wildfires
  4. Winter Storms
  5. Cold Waves
  6. Earthquakes
  7. Tornadoes
  8. Flooding
  9. Heat Waves
  10. Volcanic Activity

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Wyoming is currently ranked #42 in the United States. This score depends on three subcategories: the business environment (#41), employment (#19), and growth (#41). Its GDP is approximately $38 billion, and the median income is $30,883.

Top Industries:

  1. Mining and Extraction
  2. Tourism
  3. Agriculture
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Healthcare
  6. Retail
  7. Education
  8. Hospitality
  9. Construction
  10. Government

Top Employers:

  1. University of Wyoming (Laramie)
  2. Omega Probe Inc. (Cheyenne)
  3. Sheridan College (Gillette)
  4. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Wilson)
  5. Cloud Peak Energy (Gillette)
  6. Elkhorn Construction (Evanston)
  7. Admiral Beverage (Worland)
  8. Wyoming Medical Center (Casper)
  9. Sierra Trading Post (Cheyenne)
  10. Wyoming Machinery (Casper)
  11. L&H Industrial (Gillette)
  12. Cyclone Drilling Inc. (Gillette)
  13. Simon Contractors (Cheyenne)
  14. Taco John’s (Cheyenne)
  15. Trihydro (Laramie)
  16. Ciner Resources (Green River)
  17. Northwest College (Powell)
  18. Campbell County High School (Gillette)
  19. Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne)
  20. Hawkins & Powers Aviation Inc. (Greybull)

Looking for work in Wyoming? Here are some helpful resources:

  1. Wyoming at Work page: Wyoming at Work – Search for a Job 
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Wyoming is a state where you’re practically required to own a vehicle. Almost all tourists end up renting a car while visiting The Cowboy State. You’ll find airports (28 in total) in Sheridan, Rock Springs, Riverton, Laramie, Jackson, Gillette, Cody, Cheyenne, and Casper.

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Personal vehicle
  2. Car rental
  3. Taxi service
  4. Greyhound bus
  5. Public bus service (major towns)
  6. Air (including Jackson Hole Airport)
  7. Ridesharing (major areas)

Primary Interstate Highways:

  1. Interstate 25
  2. Interstate 80
  3. Interstate 90 
  4. Interstate 180
  5. Interstate 25 Business
  6. Interstate 80 Business
  7. Interstate 90 Business

According to state traffic rankings by WalletHub, Wyoming is ranked the eighth-worst in the nation. This ranking depends on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#27), traffic & infrastructure (#4), safety (#48), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#48).

Things to Do

Wyoming is one of the most beautiful and highly visited states in America. As such, there’s no shortage of fun activities and attractions in this rugged Western state.

Major Destinations:

The Cowboy State is home to stunning natural attractions and rich western US history.

  • Yellowstone National Park: Boasting the title of the world’s first national park, this 2.2 million-acre park is an absolute must-see for tourists and residents alike.
  • Grand Teton National Park: The Teton Mountain Range is composed of 12 breathtaking peaks. The park surrounds these peaks, along with a glorious variety of natural wonder.
  • Grand Prismatic Spring: Discovered in the 19th century, this extremely large hot spring captivates visitors with its kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. It is worth the visit.
  • Buffalo Bill Center: Explore the American West via Cody Firearms Center, Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and Plain Indians Museum.
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort: Ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, the resort is well known for its steep terrain and nearly 4,140-foot vertical drop!

Food & Drink:

Wyoming is known for is rustic (and surprising) eats. Here are the top picks:

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Bar J. Chuckwagon (Wilson)
  • Top Bar: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar (Jackson)
  • Top Beer: 2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing (Alpine)
  • Top Brunch: Genevieve (Jackson)
  • Top Burger: Local (Jackson)
  • Top Chinese Restaurant: Good Friends (Cheyenne)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Atelier Ortega (Jackson)
  • Top Coffee shop: Paramount Café (Cheyenne)
  • Top Cupcakes: Alla Lala Cupcakes (Gillette)
  • Top Dive Bar: The Virginian Saloon (Jackson)
  • Top Doughnuts: Delish Donuts & Coffee (Alpine)
  • Top Food Truck: Nipa Hut (Cheyenne)
  • Top Fried Chicken: Café Genevieve (Jackson)
  • Top Tacos: Tacos El Taconazo (Cody)
  • Top Outrageous Dish: The Hog Trough by Tasty Bones BBQ (Cheyenne)

Parks:

Want to explore Wyoming’s legendary landscapes? Check these famous national parks:

  • Fossil Butte National Monument: Visitors can view some of the world’s most well-preserved fossils in this park. Located in Kemmerer.
  • Mount Washburn: Located in Yellowstone National Park, this famous 10,243-foot tall mountain offers great hiking and scenic vistas while driving.
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site: The former fur trading post and military post in Laramie is a favorite spot for history buffs.
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area: Located in Lovell, and featuring 120,000+ acres, this remote park has an amazingly wide variety of ecosystems and wildlife.
  • String Lake: Offers various activities – hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, etc. – in a picturesque setting. It is part of Grand Teton National Park.

Museums:

There are many great museums in The Equality State. Here’s our top 5 selection:

  • Heart Mountain Interpretive Center: Located at former Japanese American Relocation Camp.
  • Cody Dug Up Gun Museum: 1,000+ relic guns and weapons from the region’s past.
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art: This interesting museum houses some of the world’s most excellent wildlife art.
  • Nat’l Historic Trails Interpretive Center: Focuses on Pioneer, Mormon, and Gold Rush migrations.
  • Draper Natural History Museum: Nature buffs will enjoy the museum’s interactive exhibits on geology, wildlife, and more.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for obscure and atypical destinations in Wyoming? Check out: 

  • Devil’s Tower: The mountain’s remarkable shape comes with more questions than answers. Visitors enjoy it for both the folklore and amazing mountain climbing.
  • Morning Glory Pool: This gorgeous geyser located in Yellowstone National Park was given the nickname Convolutus for the pool’s vivid blue color.
  • Smith Mansion: Allegedly built by a madman over a mine shaft, this collection of ongoing and often random building is a sight to behold and explore.
  • Old Faithful Geyser: This may not be particularly different, but the well-timed natural phenomena should nonetheless be on everyone’s list!
  • Bighorn Medicine Wheel: Designed to predict astronomical events, this mysterious stone configuration reveals its powers in during the summer season.

Schools and Universities

According to a report on the states with the best schools by USA Today, Wyoming has the seventh-best school system in the United States (and the only state west of the Mississippi River in the Top 10). It also has the fourth-highest public-school spending at $17,700 per student.

The state is home to one major four-year university, the University of Wyoming. Students from Wyoming, however, can attend certain colleges and universities in 14 states at a discount, thanks to the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). The state also has several highly rated community colleges.

Top WY Colleges:

  1. University of Wyoming (Laramie)
  2. Central Wyoming College (Riverton)
  3. Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs)
  4. Northwest College – Wyoming (Powell) 
  5. Casper College (Casper)

Top WY Public School Districts:

  1. Teton County School District No. 1 (Jackson)
  2. Sheridan County School District No. 2 (Sheridan)
  3. Park County School District No. 16 (Meeteetse)
  4. Lincoln County School District No. 2 (Afton)
  5. Park County School District No. 1 (Powell)
  6. Albany County School District No. 1 (Laramie)
  7. Washakie County School District No. 2 (Ten Sleep)
  8. Sublette County School District No. 1 (Pinedale)
  9. Sublette County School District No. 9 (Big Piney)
  10. Sheridan County School District No. 1 (Ranchester)

How to Become a Wyoming Resident

Establishing residency is easy in Wyoming. It involves at least one of the following: 1) employment in the state or 2) having your personal residence in the state. To receive state tuition benefits or a hunting license, you must live in Wyoming for at least 12 consecutive months.

The hard part is cutting ties with your previous state. Due to the state of Wyoming not collecting income tax, there is no formal definition of residency for tax purposes. This tax-free perk can make it hard to break ties with another state. Fortunately, there are several ways to prove intent to abandon your former state:

  1. Sell or downsize your out-of-state home
  2. Spend more time in WY than any other state
  3. Register and actively vote in Wyoming
  4. Obtain a WY driver’s license
  5. Change mailing address to Wyoming
  6. Transfer your bank accounts to the state
  7. Update certain documents with WY address
  8. Join WY social, civic, and religious organizations
  9. Schedule appts with Wy doctors, dentists, lawyers, etc.
  10. Move cherished belongings to your WY home

Moving to Wyoming DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

After moving to the state, new residents have one year to get a driver’s license. If you currently hold a license from Wisconsin, Tennessee, Massachusetts or Georgia (or have a commercial driver’s license), you must apply for a Wyoming license as soon as you establish residency.

Steps to getting a WY driver’s license:

  1. Establish Wyoming residency
  2. Visit driver services location
  3. Fill out application
  4. Provide required documents
  5. Take written and driving skills test (if applicable)
  6. Pass a vision screening
  7. Have photo taken
  8. Surrender out-of-state driver’s license
  9. Pay license fee
  10. Wait for driver’s license to be delivered by mail

Vehicle registration:

New WY residents must register an out-of-state vehicle within 30 days of arrival. 

To register your vehicle:

  1. Visit your county treasurer’s office
  2. Provide: current registration (within 30 days of expiration), proof of insurance, and VIN inspection
  3. If over 30 days expired, present: original title, prior registration, VIN inspection, and proof of insurance
  4. If the vehicle has lien: Contact county clerk’s office and complete a Request for Title form
  5. Pay applicable fees

Important: You must transfer an out-of-state title to register in Wyoming.

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A United States citizen and WY resident
  2. Reside in the precinct in which you register
  3. Withdraw registration from another jurisdiction (if applicable)
  4. Not convicted of a felony; if so, have voting rights restored
  5. Not found mentally incompetent

Currently, Wyoming does not have online voter registration. Residents may register to vote by mail (check out the Wyoming Voter Registration Application and Change Form), at your local county clerk’s office, or the polls on election day. Wyoming allows no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.

*Note: First-time, nonviolent felons have voting rights restored upon completion of sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Wyoming

Northern Wyoming

Cody

Population: 9,800
Median Home Value: $282,100

We begin our journey through Wyoming in the quiet town of Cody. Located in the northwestern corner of the state in Park County, Cody was recently named the top place to retire in Wyoming by SmartAsset. 65% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are above average.

Named after William Cody (aka Buffalo Bill), Cody is a place comprised of three main elements: wilderness, rodeo culture, and Old West history. Close to Yellowstone National Park (and home of Yellowstone Regional Airport), the town sees most tourists traveling to the state for the nation’s first national park. Not only a place for retirees, but the town also offers good schools, various kid-friendly activities, beautiful nature, and plenty of amenities perfect for raising little buckaroos.

Are you looking for K–12 educational choices? Top public schools serving Cody include Glenn Livingston Elementary School, Sunset Elementary School, Cody Middle School, Eastside Elementary School, and Cody High School. If you’re in search of private schooling, consider Park Christian Schools.

If you’re trying to wrangle up one of the Top 75 places to retire in America, and you’ve got your heart set on The Cowboy State, then Cody is worth serious consideration.

Jackson

Population: 10,400
Median Home Value: $524,400

Sometimes mistakenly called Jackson Hole, which is the name of the valley in which it resides, the small city of Jackson is found in Teton County. As the largest town in the county, it is a popular place to ski, watch wildlife (especially elk, bald eagles, and bull moose), and take in the majestic views on the aerial tram. 63% of residents rent their homes, and the public schools rate as above average.

As with Cody, Jackson is a town of about 10,000 that is close to Yellowstone National Park. Retirees and families alike will be happy to hear it has the highest concentration of recreation centers and medical centers out of the top towns to retire. A combination of world-class outdoor recreation and modern amenities makes Jackson a great year-round home with a high quality of life. On the downside, it currently does not offer any retirement communities. 

Raising a family? When it comes to K–12 education, top public schools serving Jackson are Jackson Hole High School, Alta Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Jackson Hole Middle School, and Colter Elementary School. For private education, check out the top private schools serving the area: Jackson Hole Community School and Jackson Hole Christian Academy.

Are you interested in melding with nature and waking up to gorgeous scenery? Jackson is a unique and idyllic setting for true nature lovers.

Sheridan

Population: 17,800
Median Home Value: $248,900

Next on our journey, we land in Sheridan. Situated in Sheridan County (halfway between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park), Sheridan is a vibrant mountain city of less than 18,000. It is ranked by several publications as America’s top Western/mountain town. Over half, or 61%, of its residents, are homeowners, and the public schools are highly rated.

Offering a strong sense of community and a small-town feel, Sheridan has a jaw-dropping mountain backdrop. The city preserves its western heritage through popular events like the Bighorn County USA Festival and its annual rodeo. Many visitors are drawn to its historic downtown, as well as its being the site of the Battle at Little Bighorn. It is also about a 30-minute drive away from Montana. 

At this point, you may think Sheridan is just for cowboys. However, it’s also attractive to young professionals and millennials. Several appealing qualities have led to an influx of younger generations, including affordable living (especially when buying a home), great amenities (including many local businesses, restaurants, coffee shops, and venues), and endless outdoor activities.

Top public schools serving Sheridan include Woodland Park Elementary School, Sheridan Junior High School, Sagebrush Elementary School, Highland Park Elementary School, and Meadowlark Elementary School. Top private schools include Holy Name Catholic School and Martin Luther Grammar School. As for higher education, the city is home to Sheridan College.

Whether you’re into Old West history, rodeo life, or amazing outdoor living coupled with modern-day amenities, it’s easy to see why many folks consider Sheridan the crown jewel of Wyoming.

South Park

Population: 1,600
Median Home Value: $882,100

We end our trip through the small towns and cities of northern Wyoming in South Park. As the #1 place to raise a family in Wyoming, the tiny town of just 1,600 racks up another accolade as one of the Top 3 places for millennials to live in The Equality State. 70% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are above average. (Side note: the town has no connection to the animated series.)

As a great place to settle down, South Park is perfect for families big and small. It has an undeniably charming rural feel with an assortment of public and private schools. If you’ve taken already looked at the median home value, however, you’ll know it isn’t exactly cheap to live in South Park. It is one of the most affluent places in the state. Of course, you get what you pay for here. It is also low on diversity, with about 98% of the population being white.

Are you looking for K–12 schooling in South Park? Top public schools are serving the area include Jackson Hole High School, Alta Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, Jackson Hole Middle School, and Colter Elementary School. As for private education, check out Jackson Hole Classical Academy.

If you have the means, this small town in Big Wyoming may win over your heart.

Southern Wyoming

Casper

Population: 59,200
Median Home Value: $210,000 

As we make our way down to southern Wyoming, we visit the second most populated city in Wyoming: Casper. Nestled in the southeast corner of the state in Natrona County, the city of Casper is nicknamed “Oil City” and is the regional hub of energy (including uranium and coal mining). It is also the region’s banking and commerce center.

Considered a cultural community, Casper is home to a strong arts scene and a variety of ethnically diverse cuisine. And as you’d expect, the outdoor activities are amazing. You can ski at Hogadon Basin Ski area, camp at Bear Trap Meadow, and hike Bridle Trail at Rotary Park. The city is a marvelous community that continues to grow. One complaint heard from locals is that too many people are moving in from other states, but for the most part, folks are extremely friendly and welcoming.

  • Top public schools: Fort Caspar Academy, Summit Elementary School, Casper Classical Academy, Kelly Walsh High School, and Evansville Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School, Paradise Valley Christian School, Mount Hope Lutheran School, and Montessori School of Casper. 
  • Top college: Casper College
  • Top neighborhoods: Cy Ave / Coates Rd, Casper Mountain /Alcova, S Popular St / Hawthorne Ave, E 12th St / S Beverly St, Red Butte /Vista West, Cy Ave / Wolf Creek Rd, S Walsh Dr / E 2nd St, Paradise Valley, S Poplar St / W 13th St, and Allendale.

Offering a close-knit community, the affordable housing market, lots of kid-friendly activities, and great amenities, Casper is a great city to start or continue to raise a family amongst the North Platte River and the Laramie Mountain Range.

Cheyenne

Population: 63,000
Median Home Value: $262,500

Cheyenne, located in Laramie County, is the capital of Wyoming. As the most populous city in the state, Cheyenne is a community steeped in Western culture and history that offers a multitude of great opportunities. It also came in 9th place for the best capitals to live in 2019 by WalletHub.

Known as safe and friendly, Cheyenne offers a high quality of life, low unemployment, and good schools. It is also known for its museums and events. The main attraction is the world-famous Cheyenne Frontier Days, ten days of celebrating Western culture with bull riding and other rodeo thrills. As for drawbacks, Cheyenne is a sleepy city that could benefit from a make-over (especially when it comes to medical care) and grow into more of a metropolis. To some, though, this is exactly what they love about the city.

  • Top public schools: PODER Academy Secondary School, PODER Academy, Central High School, Deming Elementary School, and Jessup Elementary School. 
  • Top private schools: St. Mary’s School, Trinity Lutheran School, Montessori School of Cheyenne, and Destiny Christian Academy. 
  • Top colleges: Laramie County Community College and Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture – Cheyenne. 
  • Top neighborhoods: Ranchettes, Ridge Rd / E 4 Mile Rd, Bishop Blvd / Evers Blvd, Horse Creek / Farthing, Powderhouse Rd / E 4 Mile Rd, Central Ave / W 8th Ave, N College Dr / Columbia Dr, E 12th St / Taft Ave, Ridge Rd / Sunrise Hills Dr, and Southwest Dr / Broken Arrow Rd.

With laid-back living, low cost of living, high economic well-being, and tons of activities, Cheyenne is one of the top American cities to raise a family.

Lander

Population: 7,700
Median Home Value: $241,600

Next on our list, we have one of the top small towns in southern Wyoming. Ranked as one of the Top 10 places to raise a family in the state, Lander is a warm and friendly place to live. 67% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools rate as above average.

In Lander, folks spend their free time outdoors (fishing, hiking, biking, and so on). As the home of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and in proximity to Sinks Canyon State Park and Yellowstone National Park, the area is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. Even though this is a small town, there’s plenty of things to do with an assortment of great restaurants, local shops, and events. 

As for K–12 education, top public schools serving the Lander area include Baldwin Creek Elementary School, Lander Valley High School, Lander Middle School, Gannett Peak Elementary School, and Pathfinder High School. 

A great place for those about to raise a family or enjoy their golden years, Lander offers great outdoor living, amenities, and affordability.

Laramie

Population: 32,200
Median Home Value: $239,700

Our last stop in the southern region of Wyoming takes us to the city of Laramie. Nestled in foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Albany County, Laramie ranks as the #1 overall place to live in the state. 56% of residents rent their homes, and the public schools are above average.

Offering a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities, Laramie is a close-knit community filled with nice, down-to-earth people. It is also close to Cheyenne, which offers a shore work commute, shopping, or day of exploration. Home to the University of Wyoming, it also has a great college-town vibe. Many transplants, including former Californians, love the level of friendliness and safety they enjoy in this city.

As a growing area, Laramie has become somewhat of a hip millennial city. Overall, the population seems to be made up of younger college students and older folks with families. If you’re an adult in your early 30s or so, you may have a harder time finding others in your age group.

  • Top public schools: Snowy Range Academy, Spring Creek Elementary School, Laramie High School, Indian Paintbrush Elementary School, and Laramie Junior High School. 
  • Top private school: St. Laurence 
  • Top colleges: University of Wyoming and WyoTech – Laramie.  

Filled with rich Western heritage and year-round outdoor adventures, Laramie earns its top spot as the best place to live in Big Wyoming.

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How to Move to Wyoming

Moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With proper planning, you can enjoy a smooth transition. Follow this handy interstate moving checklist for your Wyoming relocation.

Start Early:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to prep and perform your Wyoming Move. We recommend at least 8–12 weeks in advance. This timeline will ensure a much smoother relocation.
  • To start, grab an organizing folder. Use it to store receipts and other moving documents. While you’re at it, create a moving checklist. Either write it out or keep on your device.
  • Have a few helping hands? Great! Get all of them together to layout your plans. Assign tasks and make sure each family member understands his or her role.
  • Once you’ve got the wheels rolling, make a weekly schedule. Print out a copy and place it on the fridge, hallway, or another highly visible spot in the home. Update accordingly.

Inform Everyone:

  • Own? Contact a real estate agent in your area. Employing a professional will help you get the highest sale price or find qualified, reliable renters more quickly. 
  • Rent? You’ll need to notify your landlord ASAP. This notice can protect you from extra charges and any issues getting back your full damage or security deposit.
  • Run a business with employees or have home services (lawn care, nannies, and so on)? Provide at least a month’s notice to help these individuals adjust and find new work.
  • Finally, remember to give a heads up to family and friends. Don’t be that person who forgets to let loved ones know they’ve already moved!

Hire a Moving Company:

  • To begin, compare 3–5 movers. Only look at fully licensed and insured professionals.
  • Once you’ve narrowed your search, hire one ASAP for the best rates and availability.
  • Want to save even more money? Plan a move during the offseason (fall and winter).
  • With Great Guys, it’s cheap & easy to hire long distance movers. Contact us today!

Book Storage Service:

  • Need to travel, remodel, or store excess items? You probably require storage.
  • Many WY moving companies also offer short-term and long-term storage services.
  • Need clean and secure storage? We can find you the right fit. 

Downsize and Declutter:

  • Getting rid of unwanted stuff saves space and money.
  • To begin the purging process, take inventory of your household goods.
  • Next, starting with one room at a time, sort through your belongings.
  • Choose which items you want to keep or discard — label or place in piles.
  • You can now sell online, donate to charity, or recycle disused possessions.
  • Remember to dispose of motor oil and other hazardous materials properly.

Pack Belongings:

  • Packing yourself? Don’t procrastinate. Spread it over several weeks.
  • Get your hands on enough boxes, tape, and other packing supplies.
  • Pair items of similar size. Place heavier items at the bottom of boxes.
  • Remember to use smaller moving boxes for the heavy stuff.
  • Use packing peanuts or other suitable material to fill space.
  • Don’t forget to always fully tape and clearly label every box.
  • Maintain a steady packing process. Constant progress will make it more manageable. 
  • Want a few helping hands? We can find you a cheap packing service!

Handle Travel Arrangements:

  • Driving? Take in your vehicle for professional inspection and service.
  • Flying? Purchase airline tickets ASAP to secure the lowest rates.
  • If feasible, plan to arrive at your new home before the movers.
  • A WY resident must carry WY registration and driver’s license.

Prepare Kids and Pets:

  • Moving is particularly stressful for children (as well as pets).
  • Try to explain to kids, either with a story or playtime.
  • Be thoughtful, kind, and understanding during the process.
  • It’s also important to maintain a child’s routines when possible.
  • For pets: schedule a vet visit. Also, check Wyoming’s pet laws.
  • Plan dental, physician, and eye doctor appointments for everyone.
  • Transfer important records (like school transcripts and medical records).
  • If possible, travel to your new town and explore what it has to offer.
  • Moving day will be hectic — plan for daycare and pet care.

Schedule Utilities and Services:

  • Schedule current utilities (electric, gas, etc.) to be disconnected right after you move.
  • Have new services turned on by the time you’re ready to move into your new place.
  • Change your mailing address. Go online to USPS.com or visit a local post office.
  • Don’t forget to update your info for any online services and box subscriptions. 

Perform Deep Cleaning:

  • Rent your place? Book pro cleaners to safeguard your security deposit.
  • Own your place? Have deep cleaning performed for a great showing.
  • Consider other services: appliance repair, painting, floor refinishing, etc.
  • If possible, schedule for cleaners to show up right after movers have left.

Say Farewells:

  • Celebrate your move with loved ones. Spread out activities over days or weeks.
  • This transition is an emotional time. Be mindful and enjoy your time together.
  • You can throw a party, BBQ, group outing, or one-on-one hangouts.

Prep for Moving Day:

  • About a week out, confirm arrival time and other details with movers.
  • Create an essentials box. Fill it with meds, toiletries, clothes, bedding, etc.
  • Do you have extra food in the fridge or pantry? Eat up, donate or give to neighbors.
  • Fully clean and sanitize appliances to ensure mold-free transport.
  • If doable, stay in the night before moving. Eat well and get enough sleep.
  • Finally, moving day! Meet with movers to answer any questions.
  • Once the movers have cleared everything out, perform a walkthrough.
  • Remember: the journey is just as important as the destination. Enjoy it!

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Quality Moving Services from Wyoming Movers

Congrats on your upcoming move! By going with Great Guys Long Distance Movers, you can enjoy low rates on top Wyoming moving services. Check out what we offer below!

Long Distance Moves

Who says your move must be complicated? With the right help, you can experience more free time and a smooth transition. Our network of interstate moving companies is highly qualified and experienced in state-to-state and cross-country relocations. Contact us today!

Intrastate & Local Moves

Headed to Cheyenne? Swinging over to Sheridan? In any case, we’ve got you covered. Our moving partners know Wyoming like the back of their hands. Whether you’re making your way to a bustling city or quiet town, we can connect you with fully vetted local movers at a fantastic rate. 

International Moves

Whether you’re getting ready for a corporate transfer or military move, we’ve got the right fit for your overseas relocation. From confusing customs to complex paperwork, our fully licensed international relocation service makes moving around the globe a breeze.

Small Load Moves

You deserve the same level of convenience as large households. That’s why we make it super easy and affordable to book moving services. Sit back and relax while our squad of small load movers quickly move you into or out of your small apartment, studio, or college dorm.

Furniture Shipments

Need to move a few fragile items or an entire household? Hire one of our licensed and insured furniture moving partners. From fragile antiques to bulky leather sofas, they come equipped with the right tools, know-how, and experience to safely and securing transport your furniture.

Piano Transport

Need to relocate your piano to a new venue or home? No problem. Our highly skilled piano movers can safely and securely transport of your precious instrument. From antique organs to concert pianos, we can connect you with the ideal solution for harm-free delivery.

Art Shipping & Transport

From fragile antiques to collectibles and fine art, you need a tailored solution for your prized pieces. Don’t risk going with standard movers. Instead, rely on our specialized art shippers. From custom packaging to art installations, they’ll handle your collection with the utmost care. 

Storage

Whether you plan to remodel, travel the globe, or simply are between places, you probably need a storage service. Many of the Wyoming moving companies we work with also provide short-term and long-term storage solutions. Contact us today to discuss your options.

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Facing an unexpected move? We know how stressful it can be. To make things easier, we can quickly hook you up with short notice movers in your area. Breathe a sigh of relief while professionals tackle your last-minute relocation.

Residential Moves

Overwhelmed by your upcoming household move? Don’t sweat it. Our group of dependable residential moving companies is ready to lend a hand. From extensive packing to complicated logistics, a team of pros oversees your entire move and makes it look effortless.

Packing Services

Packing isn’t fun for most people. Plus, life and work tend to get in the way. If you’re looking at a mountain of belongings, or need specialty packing for a few valuable possessions, our pro movers and packers can provide the perfect service to fit your exact needs and budget.

Commercial and Office Moves

Congrats on your upcoming company move! Now, the fun part. To reduce the likelihood of downtime and delays, you should hire our highly trained commercial relocation specialists. Focus on your business while your moving team handles the rest.

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