Living in Rock Springs
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Keith Richard

Lafayette, LA

#1 Dec 13, 2006
Thinking of moving to Rock Springs from Lafayette, LA. Wife and I have twin boys 11.Is it worth the move?
From a distance

Campbellsville, KY

#2 Aug 11, 2007
I lived in rock Springs 20 years ago,and it was rough.I have heard lots of drugs problems.Meth...Its getting bad everywhere.You might check into a smaller town.It would be worth the drive to work.Also depends on if you make good money,and your location there.Edu cate your boys on how bad drugs are.If you are already moved and settled,let me know how you are liking it in Rocket City.lol
Some Guy from Glenwood

Rock Springs, WY

#3 Aug 15, 2007
I'm in Rock Springs as we speak. The Hampton Inn is fabulous. Seriously. So, if you're looking to move here I highly recommend that you get your boys into a sword fight training program. It will no doubt come in handy. Also, you might want to school the boys on the top-10 things that Halliburton has done for the world. That would come in handy here as well.

Just sayin...
From a distance

Campbellsville, KY

#4 Aug 16, 2007
Some Guy from Glenwood wrote:
I'm in Rock Springs as we speak. The Hampton Inn is fabulous. Seriously. So, if you're looking to move here I highly recommend that you get your boys into a sword fight training program. It will no doubt come in handy. Also, you might want to school the boys on the top-10 things that Halliburton has done for the world. That would come in handy here as well.
Just sayin...
sounds like good advise.I didnt think it had changed..
Gone for good

Happy Valley, OR

#5 Aug 27, 2007
Sure RS is a great place to raise your kids, if you have a name, or if your uncle is a city councilor. Should teach them how to street fight, they are gonna need it, better yet do like we did and carry a knife, just in case. Then when they are grown, if they don't know or arent related to someone. Their only job oporunities will be bottom of the barrell. Good skills for survival are teaching them to dodge police cars after curfew and how to build a beer bong, because there is nothing else for them to do. I could go on and on. I was raised in Rock Springs and I now reside in the Pacific NorthWest, there are reasons for that!
rescued father

United States

#6 Sep 26, 2007
I rescued my 80 year old father from there. He was living in low income tenement hell. Cruel landlord (not exagerating). My father is a kind intelligent man who just says they are ignorant and is forgiving. I was shocked and sickened by the conditions.
Elyria Ohio

Akron, OH

#7 Oct 6, 2007
All of you people who are putting down Rock Springs needs to get a life! I lived there for 17 yrs. and recently moved back to Ohio where I grew up to help with aging parents. Rock Springs and Green River are pretty good places to live. You talk about crime? Well, sure, there was some crime but not as much as you think. Every city has crime. The city has really grown in the last 2 yrs. Housing was once a problem but the city pretty much has taken care of that situation. New houses are being built everywhere. There are many new restuarants and motels. There are a lot of churches too. Find a good one. You'll get the support as a church family there.
goldia rock springs

United States

#8 Nov 12, 2007
IM A TEXAN I HAVE LIVED IN ROCK SPRINGS SEVERAL TIMES I HAVE 3 SONS AND FAMILY HERE WE ARENT KIN TO NO MONEY HERE WE ENJOY OUR TOWN MY GRAND CHILDREN ARE FINE SMART IN SPORTS YOUR KIDS ARE WHAT YOU RAISE THEM TO BE.THERE IS NO MORE DRUGS HERE THAN WHERE YOU ARE AT YES OUR POLICE WATCH KIDS ON THE STREET THE DANGER THATS ON ALL STREETS IS BAD IM THANKFUL FOR THE WORK OUR POLICE DO ROCK SPRING IS A GOOD FRIENDLY TOWN
RSSV

Rock Springs, WY

#9 Nov 21, 2007
Agree
T Donald

Brooklyn, MI

#10 Dec 3, 2007
How hard is it to find housing in RS? I'm considering accepting a position with a company there, but everything I'm finding online is $1100+...I won't be earning poorly, but that's well beyond what I'm willing to pay to rent a house.

Any comments can be forwarded to [email protected]
Conerned

Rock Springs, WY

#11 Feb 28, 2008
If I were raising a family I would NEVER consider Rock Springs. But if your looking for money it's the place to go...if you can aford the cost of living. I live in a junky 2 bed apt includig termites for $714 a month. Also, food is expensive here. Things I could get for 4 bucks in my old home town go for 10 here. My parents bought a tiny three bed room single wide turned into a house, for $200,000.00. Crime is very high here. I was raped by to of my coworkers...not strangers, people I knew and worked with. In my atp bilding alone, there has been a couple VERY public suicide atempts and a violent murder two floor above me. I also know of alot of drug use that goes on. If you ove here, be careful. It wasn't that long ago that Rock Springs still had brothels.
Conerned

Rock Springs, WY

#12 Feb 28, 2008
T Donald wrote:
How hard is it to find housing in RS? I'm considering accepting a position with a company there, but everything I'm finding online is $1100+...I won't be earning poorly, but that's well beyond what I'm willing to pay to rent a house.
Any comments can be forwarded to [email protected]
Good luck finding a good place for less than $2000.
bandit

Rock Springs, WY

#13 Feb 29, 2008
I have lived in Rock Springs all my life. The drug problem is no worse here than any other town that has a large number of new people moving in and out. I just think that the people here aren't smart enough to hide it well. Concerned makes it sound like this is the crimes capital of the world. We have maybe one murder every two years here. As with any town pay attention to who you choose to hang out with. As a small town we are having some trouble adjusting to the quick sudden growth but we starting to figure it out. If you have children it not any worse than anywhere else. If you choose to have someone else raise your children and not pay attention to them there is trouble out there for them to find. To me it sounds like Conerned has choose to hang around the wrong type of people. T Donald you may check with the company and see if they know if they have any housing ideas. There are a couple new apartment complexes being built and there is new dewplexes being built also. You may want check into them. Food is comparable to every where else. I am sure you know that food costs have gone up all over the country. As of right now we have no sales tax on food. The price of our gas as of today is 2.85 which from what I understand is well below the national average.
Conerned

Rock Springs, WY

#14 Mar 1, 2008
I'm LDS, so I and the people I hang around with have high standards and adhere to them. My choice in friends has nothing to do with my experiances. My estimation on food prices are based on my experiances, I didn't say everyone's. Rock Springs has been featured on 60 minutes twice once for highest drug use per capita and once for highest crime rate per capita. It was also featured on A&E for police corruption.
Native to RS

Anchorage, AK

#15 Mar 1, 2008
I grew up and lived in Rock Springs for a majority of my life. For the most part I agree with bandit in that the crime in Rock Springs is just like anywhere else...if you go looking for it, you are going to find it. As for Conerned...it doesn't matter if you are LDS or not. Just like anywhere else you need to be careful of where you hang out and who you hang out with. As for the Rock Springs 60 minutes show and others...those shows are from the late 1970s when the coal mine boom was going on. It is nothing like it was back then...I grew up in a good home in a good neighborhood and was pretty much oblivious to the crime and drug problems that occur. As for the food prices, they are actually cheaper than national average. I just recently moved to Anchorage, AK and if people are complaining about the food prices in Rock Springs, then they can trade me the price down in Rock Springs vs. here anytime. Yes housing has been hard to find, but with the increase in building permits the situation has been correcting itself. Hope this helps.
Concerned

Rock Springs, WY

#16 Mar 3, 2008
Actually the drug special on 60 min was in 1999.
George

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Mar 3, 2008
I'm thinking of moving there also. I appreciate the opinions expressed here. Please keep them coming. I am an involved parent, so I'm not too worried about my kids falling in with the wrong crowd. But, I am curious about the environment and the day to day living.

I understand that RS is a mining town. Is pollution a problem?

Are the people friendly, clique-ish, overly nosey or whatever. Tell me what you think.

I understand that it is cold and very dry there. Is it windy all the time? Would you say windy means "breezy" or "hold on to your hat"?

In the pictures I've seen the landscape looks very bland. Is that true? Can you see the mountains and the valleys?

Tell me what you like and dislike about RS.
bandit

Rock Springs, WY

#18 Mar 4, 2008
The landscape is pretty bland right around town but you don't go far to find different, it is nice because you can drive 5 minutes and be by yourself.

The wind does kinda blow alot but mostly during the winter. But wen it does blow it is hold on to your hat.

The thing I don't like about his town is there isn't much shopping but I guess you can save easier if there's nowhere to spend it. IF you want to do serious shopping we go to salt lake city ut about 2 1/2 hours away

As far as the people it depends alot on how you are. My sister lived here as an adult for about 5 years and had lots of drama. I have lived here all my life with no drama.

All my sisters lived here as kids but moved to spokane washington and now they say every one here moves to slow.

The mines are all about 35 miles away so you don't realy notice them. We don't have a problem with pollution

“Elen sila lumenn omentielvo!”

Since: Mar 08

Ft Lauderdale

#19 Mar 8, 2008
Bandit,

Thanks for the info.

Anybody,

I lived in Fairbanks, AK for a while. Up there they have to use engine heaters and battery blankets in the cars. Are those needed in RS?

Do they salt the roads in WY? In AK they did not bother. We just drove on the ice.

Forgive me for this dumb question, but I want to make sure. Because RS is in "high desert" does that mean you do not get much snow?

I currenty live in South Florida and have for the last 22 years. So it has been a long time since I have needed to deal with any cold weather issues. Any input would be appreciated.
bandit

Rock Springs, WY

#20 Mar 10, 2008
The battery blankets are not needed unless your out 4-wheeling and want to be prepared.

We don't use salt on the roads here which is good because you don't have to worry about is rusting your cars. They do put sand down in the bad areas but for the most part with in a couple of days the roads are dry and clear.

As far as the snow goes this winter was the most snow we had in a long time. And before it all start to melt in the last two weeks in the areas you did't shovel was about up to my knees. The snow is nothing like Alaska.

The hardest part about the winters here is the wind chills and being indoors so much. The best way to deal with the winters is by a good coat and gloves and pick up an winter outdoor interest. Sking or snowmobleing. To do either of those you would only need to drive about 1 1/2 hours. Not bad. We have a pretty small ski resort close great for learning. I have lived here 31 years and just started skiing last year. Great fun and you move enough that you don't notice the cold.

If you have anymore questions fill free to ask no matter how crazy they seems.

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