What You Need to Know When Moving to Wyoming

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With its wide open spaces, pristine ranch land, and low population, Wyoming has long been a destination for people looking to get away from it all. Besides having some amazing scenery, majestic national parks, and year-round outdoor recreation, Wyoming is also a great place to live. If you're thinking about moving to Wyoming, here are a few things you should know:

Population

Wyoming is the least populous state in the U.S., with just over 500,000 people. It is also the 10th largest in terms of overall space, so it ranks very low when it comes to population density. According to the most recent census, the population is centered in five major cities, which include:

Cheyenne - around 60,000
Casper - 55,000
Laramie - 30,000
Gillette - 29,000
Rock Springs - 23,000

Employment

If you're considering moving to Wyoming and need a job, the major employment sectors are energy, mining, and agriculture. As of February 2013, the unemployment rate was significantly below the national average at just 4.9%, and the cost of living is also slightly lower than the average for the rest of the U.S.

Weather

Although Wyoming is often thought to be part of the West, it is situated just on the edge of the Midwest and the Great Plains, which means it can have some pretty extreme weather. In the winter, heavy snow and wind can quickly turn into blizzard conditions, and major highways and roads may be closed for safety reasons. If you're moving to Wyoming in the winter, plan extra time in case of extreme winter weather. In the summer, thunderstorms are a fairly regular occurrence, and since the eastern edge of the state is technically considered part of "tornado alley," there is a possibility for tornadoes, although they are far less common than in states like Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Wyoming is a beautiful place with amazing scenery, a great and growing economy, and a laid-back, rural feeling that makes it a prime location for relocating. Contact The Brooks Companies today at 877-468-9802 for more information about our Wyoming ranch land for sale and the benefits of moving to Wyoming.